Here we have a fine example of modern day conservatives’ idea of “personal responsibility”.
The birther conspiracy artist and “author”, who humiliated Forbes by publishing a bit of Obama paranoia that strayed wildly from facts, known as Dinesh D’Souza has been indicted on fraud charges under federal campaign finance laws, after he allegedly funneled $20,000 to the Republican challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in 2012. He’s blaming President Obama.
Yep. D’Souza claims it’s all the President’s fault. His defense is that Obama is “targeting” him because he has said some really crazy things, according to the New York Times. It’s “political”:
Mr. Brafman (Benjamin Brafman, D’Souza’s lawyer) has filed court papers contending that the government “targeted” Mr. D’Souza “because of his consistently caustic and highly publicized criticism” of President Obama. The office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, declined to comment on the defense filing. But last week, it filed papers saying that a selective prosecution claim was “entirely without merit.”
Mr. Bharara’s office said Mr. D’Souza’s illegal conduct came to light as a result of a review by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office of campaign filings of both parties for the seat held by Senator Gillibrand, “rather than through any investigative focus on the defendant himself.”
Apparently “caustic ” is the new “total fabrication and paranoid rantings”. Mind you, this is the guy who called the President a “grown up Trayvon in the White House” so he’s clearly unable to think clearly due to frothing hatred. But here’s a bit of reality for the rest of you.
The married “family values” conservative allegedly funneled some of that money via “straw donors” like a woman with whom he’s engaged in a “romantic” relationship (Read: The Appalachian Trail with the true Soul Mate — it’s cool if you love her more than you love your wife). By romantic, the press is referring to his then 29-year-old also-married-to-someone-else “fiancé”, whom he got busted taking to a hotel for a tryst after a 2010 conference on Christian Values, whist the then 51-year-old was still married. He’s apparently still “married” now, whatever that means when one is/has recently been engaged to someone else.
If he were a Democrat, someone would have hacked his twitter account by now and the status of his privates would be splashed all over every mainstream outlet in relentless updates: “Zipper up, zipper down” etc. But this guy got away with saying Obama is “attacking the traditional values agenda” by supporting marriage equality and abortion rights, arguing that ‘Obama doesn’t like traditional Christianity because he identifies it with colonialism.'”
Apparently D’Souza really loves Christianity and family values, but Obama, who has just one wife and hasn’t abandoned his children to chase after a new “fiancé” (also does not have one) is the person who doesn’t like “traditional Christianity”. If this is the case, I’ll take the non-traditional version, thanks.
But D’Souza is a family values conservative, so instead of taking personal responsibility for his failings, he’s blaming Obama for the fact that he allegedly broke the law.
Truth: If Obama prosecuted everyone who said crazy things about him, the Fox News team would be behind bars and there wouldn’t be very many Republicans left in the House.
So no. Just no. Dinesh is not entitled to funnel money to his friend through his romantic liaison just because he’s a Republican. There aren’t special rules for those who see themselves as perpetually persecuted. But there is medication for that.
Additionally, notice even if it were “political” that wouldn’t necessarily make it untrue, and it is a federal crime, but OBAMA WHINE!
It’s also rather silly for conservatives who are cheering Darrell Issa’s witch hunts based on nothing to cry foul over federal charges based on actual evidence. The two are not the same. One is a political witch hunt for real and the other is an alleged criminal trying to avoid taking responsibility for their actions by blaming the President.
D’Souza’s previous accusations against President Obama were called out as “preposterous, it’s false and it’s wrong”. It’s safe to say that D’Souza’s new paranoid accusations are also “preposterous, false and wrong.” Obama is not to blame for D’Souza’s hypocritical moral failings, his humiliating intellectual failings, or his alleged criminal endeavors. D’Souza built all that on his very own.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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