In a new documentary unveiled this week at Michael Moore’s film festival, one filmmaker takes aim at the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ Hillary once put on blast. The Brainwashing Of My Dad also warns of how generations of Americans have been tricked into an angry cult-like devotion to a new conservative lord and savior: Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.
Now, maybe Santo’s dad did become obsessed, and maybe he really is not well. But if that’s the case, her father’s issues can’t be projected on to half the country. It also doesn’t seem like Santo is at all interested in evaluating things from her father’s perspective. Santo describes her dad as a “nonpolitical Kennedy Democrat.” In other words, he supported the Catholic pro-life guy who slashed marginal tax rates, fought the commies aggressively, and would otherwise be a completely unwelcome figure among today’s liberals, both culturally and politically.
Indeed, among today’s Democrats Thomas Jefferson is persona non grata, while the current liberal Democratic president of the United States shared an office with a left-wing domestic terrorist for years. Yet, Santo seems convinced that the rapid cultural and political shifts in the country are the product of a vast right-wing conspiracy.