Yesterday author, columnist and filmmaker Dinesh D’Sousa did the smart thing and the right thing:
The conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation, averting a trial that had been expected to begin the same day in Manhattan federal court.
D’Souza pleaded guilty to one criminal count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. A second count concerning the making of false statements is expected to be dismissed once the defendant is sentenced.
I’m writing this on Tuesday while I”m at the convent on retreat just a few minutes after the Yahoo story broke, I suspect there are a lot of things that my fellow conservatives are going to say about this.
They’re going to say that D’Sousa became a targeted because of his effective attacks on President Obama, that’s true.
They’re going to say this is a case of selective prosecution, that’s certainly true.
They’re going to say this is a drop in the bucket compared to the big money out there and that a minor donation to a friend’s campaign when the outcome was pretty much never in doubt can’t compare to other questions such as how a man like Harry Reid can spend his entire life in public service and become a multi-millionaire.
At least a couple of them will object to this plea saying he should have fought this tooth and nail to expose the administration for what it is.
And I”m sure there are going to be other points equally true and valid that they are going to make and devote a lot of pixels to it.
I suspect they will not however give a lot of space to the single most important point:
He was guilty as sin.
Not only was he guilty of violating campaign finance laws he was guilty of sheer idiocy. As I said in January:
Did D’Sousa really think that an administration willing to use the IRS against their political enemies who are acting legally would not use the Justice Department go after a political foe who made the single most popular film against Barack Obama in 2012 in the case of an actual violation of law?
That move was sheer idiocy but I’m pleased to see he didn’t allow the temptation of all those backing him to persuade him to do something not only stupid but wrong.
Much better to get this behind him, plead guilty and when liberals try to discredit his valid points about the administration by saying something like:
Well Mr. D’Sousa you are saying this about the president but what about your guilty plea/conviction on campaign finance violations?
He can answer saying
Yes, that was a really dumb mistake on my part, I should have known better, would that this president & this administration’s mistakes were only on the scale of my own. Perhaps if that was the case Sick vets and Ambassador Stevens might be alive today.
Just like a penitent leaving the confessional D’Souza’s guilty plea frees him from that error and puts him in the position to do what needs to be done.
Taking the plea is both the smart thing and the right thing, I would advice my conservative friends to embrace this decision taking responsibility rather than raging against the machine.
You’ll be glad you did.
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