Liberals who run the mainstream media have turned their backs on the defense of liberty — despite insisting how important it is, says Dinesh D'Souza, conservative author and director of the new film "America.''
"You would think the media would be [for the] defense of liberty. 'Liberal' by its core meaning means liberty: economic liberty, political liberty, and civil liberty, including liberty of speech and the liberty to have religious expression,'' D'Souza told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV
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"But what we've seen," D'Souza said Wednesday, "and we've seen this now for a couple of decades, is that the left doesn't care about liberty at all. It cares about its own substantive agenda and it's perfectly willing to trample on liberty to get there.
"That's something we just need to be aware of. Once we have taken it to heart, we'll know that liberty is simply a sham word. A little bit like 'social justice.' For the left, envy, hatred, resentment, self-hatred, these are all motions that travel under the passport of social justice.''
D'Souza — writer and director of "2016: Obama's America," the second-highest grossing political documentary on record — is a former policy analyst in the Reagan White House.
A vocal Obama critic, he recently pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud for exceeding donor limits in 2012. He was involved in a plan to get others to contribute under their own names — with him reimbursing them — to the New York state Senate campaign of Wendy Long after his own contributions exceeded the limits.
D'Souza said President Abraham Lincoln was right when he said that it is the American people who hold the nation's power — something they have forgotten in the wake of the Obama administration's bullying, he said.
"Lincoln once said that America is ruled by public opinion, and what he meant by it is that the real power is in the people's hands,'' D'Souza said.
"Now the people don't know that. The people are sort of like, if you think of the parable of the lion tamer and the lion, the lion is always obediently doing what the lion tamer wants. But the lion is actually more powerful than the lion tamer, but the lion is not aware of its own power.
"So, the American people are constantly pushed around and bullied by Barack Obama, by Hillary Clinton, and by the government, not realizing that the real power is not with those guys but with them.''
He referred to his own case, which he and many other people think was brought against him as political retribution for making the anti-Obama documentary.
"We are dealing with an administration that is lawless in many important respects, and it's not accidentally lawless, it is deliberately lawless,'' he said.
"A good example would be the way in which they selectively use the government to go after their opponents, they ignore offenses by their own side.
"Obama has pretty much said that he is going to ignore the legislation when it doesn't go along with him. If he doesn't like the immigration laws, not only does he not enforce them, he acts to subvert them. If he doesn't like the Defense of Marriage Act, even though it was passed by bipartisan majorities, he won't enforce it . . . This is very unprecedented.''
How does the president get away with it? With the help of the media, D'Souza says.
"Much of the media is covering up for Obama. They've become, in a sense, a shameless extension of the Obama administration. That is what is putting the American people in a precarious position.''
D'Souza, whose film "America" opens Wednesday across the nation, said it is quite different from his last.
'"2016" was a little bit of a horror film . . . a film that focused on one man, Barack Obama," D'Souza said.
"This is a film that actually talks about America. It's a celebration of America, and it will leave you exhilarated, excited, motivated, feeling a powerful sense of love for your country. It's a great film to see for the Fourth of July.''
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