Dinesh D’Souza is a name that is familiar to many, if not most, people on the right, and a self-selected few on the left who cannot abide anyone who will not cave in to their demands for abject obedience to the Progressive agenda.
Yet Mr. D’Souza faces as much as a 10- to 16-months in a federal prison for violating the law concerning federal election fraud. In other words (although not ones that you will hear emanating from the White House or the DOJ) Mr. D’Souza stands accused of an unforgivably heinous crime – he donated money to a conservative politician beyond limits that Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have deemed appropriate. And before any forget, what Mr. D’Souza did actually was contrary to the letter of the law, and we are all aware that never in the history of this nation has any Democrat or Liberal or Progressive ever, ever violated the letter of a single solitary law.
So what to do, what to do? Why jail him for the unforgivable crime of being conservative while sober, of course!
I will pause now until you all run out of expletives that are descriptive. Feel better now? Good.
Mr. D’Souza’s incarceration could very well become the “gift-that-keeps-on-giving” in terms of being a source for inflammatory right-wing rhetoric. After all, he has been imprisoned for a crime far less odious than Harry Reid using money donated for his political campaigns to buy jewelry for his daughter. A crime far less damaging to our republic than Barack Obama’s shredding of the Constitution every time he unilaterally modifies his namesake legislation, Obamacare.
Those things are useful to discussions that rely on logic and reason, yet as we all know, a majority of voters respond much more energetically when the subject appeals to emotion. Well D’Souza’s situation provides a surfeit of sympathetic emotional appeals.
• He would be in jail for acting in opposition to “the man.”
• He is, to use the term-of-art popular on the left, a “person of color.”
• He can be described as following in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.
• He can be described as a martyr who pled guilty to illustrate the injustices that an all-powerful government wreaks upon ordinary people who don’t agree with that government.
• He is an immigrant.
• He is an active, practicing Catholic Christian.
• And not to let those who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line feel left out, his wife’s name is Dixie!
His next book could even be titled “Letters from a (name of prison to be supplied after sentencing) Jail”.
How many voters from other constituencies that the Democrats, Liberals and Progressives rely on who could possibly be swayed by an emotional appeal based on D’Souza’s arrest? How many different ways can the Democrats be shown to attack, not protect, those on their various “plantations”?
Obama, Holder, Reid, Pelosi and the usual chorus of MSM leftists who appear on MSNBC or write for the Huffington Post will use the word “criminal” exponentially more often in connection with the D’Souza matter than they ever used it in addressing the crimes of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the cold blooded cop-killer for whom liberals hearts bleed so profusely. Refuting their smears might be marginally effective, but only if we allow that changing the mind of just one MSNBC viewer would reduce their total audience by 50%. Trying to debate the left when they hold a home court advantage should be avoided.
No doubt the left is less interested in actually punishing D’Souza than they are in intimidating the rest of conservative America. If so, they are doing something that will not accomplish much beyond creating something that is familiar to much of the rest of the world – a political prisoner and a martyr. Calling in Amnesty International might be an interesting tactic, even if they chose not to respond. Calling a group like that out for hypocrisy is almost always effective in reducing donations for their efforts.
And Obama (the “smartest-guy-in-the-room”) and Holder have teed this up for conservatives. Maybe we should all send these fools a thank you note, because the possibilities of using D’Souza’s incarceration truly are the “gift-that-keeps-on-giving” if we can find the wit to make use of it.