The D’Sousa Dilemma, (actually no Dilemma at All)

by Datechguy | May 21st, 2014

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The D'Sousa Dilemma, (actually no Dilemma at All)

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.

There 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.

There 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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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.

 

There 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.

There 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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