Dinesh D'Souza pled guilty today to one count of violating Federal campaign finance laws and making false statements*. D'Souza's attorneys Benjamin Brafman and Alex Spiro issued a statement:
Mr. D'Souza agreed to accept responsibility for having urged two close associates to make contributions of $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 senate campaign of Wendy Long and then reimbursing them for their contributions. Given the technical nature of the charge, there was no viable defense.
"Government of the people, by the people, for the people" is perishing, and Lincoln's bones are restless in his grave.
As you may remember, Dinesh D’Souza wrote and directed the movie 2016: Obama’s America. The movie grossed over $33 million. It presented our president’s family history, associations, and extrapolated from that, his goals and vision for our country. For that, the Obama administration engaged the full might of Government against him, to destroy him. They've fairly well succeeded, stripping him of his job, and now his freedom. I don't take lightly D'Souza's crime: lying and knowingly violating campaign finance laws is certainly a moral lapse, as well as the mini-scandal that cost him his job.
D’Souza was president of The King’s College, a Christian college in New York City. He is an outspoken Christian apologist. Then there was a hint of scandal about his morals, and accusations of sin. He was forced to resign his position. Lefty blogs (I won't link them here, just Google "D'Souza unmarried woman") had headlines like "Evangelical Blowhard Dinesh D'Souza Seen Checking Into Hotel With Lady Who Was Not His Wife" and "Lazy Slut Who Did No Work Dinesh D’Souza ‘Resigns’ From Million Dollar Christian College Prez Gig". You have to be doing something right to get that kind of vitriol brewing.
The Federal charge is based on two $10,000 contributions made to Wendy Long's losing NY Senate run. This all came about, says the government, as part of a routine examination of campaign records. Long raised just under $1 million for that campaign. The winner, Kirsten Gillebrand, raised over $15 million. I Googled the cost of a U.S. Senate campaign. It’s $10.5 million dollars, and that’s the average.
I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time believing that the U.S. government makes routine examinations of a losing campaign team, going down the list, two digits to the right of the decimal point. How would the Government have known the $10,000 contributions were illegal unless they dug into those specific items? They weren't doing a routine anything, they were digging for a crime.
Let’s face it, in the US we have a Government with immense knowledge about you, me, and the guy in apartment 2B’s cat. When that Government "capital 'G'" turns its eye upon you, it's like the Eye of Sauron and you're wearing the One Ring of Power. You're naked before them.
This Government is guided by people who identify more with the Jacobins and Stalins of history than the Puritans, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They can summon up any data they please to support their conclusions, and woe be unto them who fishes improperly, or misses a checkbox on a tax form. Nevermind a real transgression, just about anyone can be made a felon.
The power to do this is dangerous. Scary dangerous. And now we see one life trashed through the raw power of Government. I'm sure the liberal press (a.k.a. the mainstream media) will be all over this one.
Better keep watch over yourself, Frodo, because you might be next.
*Note: the judge in the case, Richard Berman, is no relation, although my father does share that name.