Cook's Postulate is:
The key to understanding the American system is to imagine that you have the power to make nearly any law you want. But your worst enemy will be the one to enforce it. - Rick CookDinesh D'Souza, vocal critic of Barack Obama and creator of the film 2016: Obama's America, has just been given that lesson in spades.
D'Souza has been arrested and indicted for violation of campaign finance law. Specifically:
According to an indictment made public on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, D'Souza around August 2012 reimbursed people who he had directed to contribute $20,000 to the candidate's campaign.The Justice Department in the form of the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, proclaimed:
As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process.The mind simply boggles.
Nothing was done about voter intimidation in Philadelphia.
Nobody at Justice said "boo" when the Obama campaign accepted unverified credit card donations during his re-election run.
Not a peep out of the DoJ when Al Franken "won" his Senate race through voter fraud.
The list of "corruptions of the electoral process" are long and have been getting longer each year, but NOW the DoJ is ON THE JOB!
Like when the Bush DoJ prosecuted prominent lawyer Pierce O'Donnell for illegally contributing $26,000 to John Edwards' presidential campaign the same way D'Souza is now accused. O'Donnell accepted a plea deal and got "60 days in prison, a year of supervised release, 500 hours of community service, plus a $20,000 fine."
I've been reading Harvey Silverglate's Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, and one thing he points out early on is the power the DoJ has to coerce people into being witnesses:
Prosecutors are able to structure plea bargains in ways that make it nearly impossible for normal, rational, self-interested calculating people to risk going to trial. The pressure on innocent defendants to plead guilty and "cooperate" by testifying against others in exchange for a reduced sentence is enormous - so enormous that such cooperating witnesses often fail to tell the truth, saying instead what prosecutors want to hear. As Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz has colorfully put it, such cooperating defendant-witnesses "are taught not only to sing, but also to compose."Can't wait to see who the prosecution will be dragging out as witnesses.
A recent Gallup poll indicates that "trust in government" is at an all-time low, with 57% of those polled indicating the trust the government "not very much" or "not at all" when handling domestic problems. But when queried on their faith in the Judicial Branch, 62% of those polled said they had a "great deal" to a "fair amount" of faith.
I think that's about to change, too.
No matter what, the DoJ has bottomless pockets, and unless some high-powered law firm agrees to represent him pro bono, D'Souza doesn't.
It's called "Lawfare," and when practiced by the government against its citizens, it is particularly vicious. I have very little doubt that this is what is going on in the prosecution of D'Souza. I don't know if he's guilty or not. I DO know that when the Left is profiting, not a word is said, not a soul is prosecuted. When it's their ox being gored, SOMEONE MUST PAY! And, honestly, I do not doubt that the Obama administration through the Holder Justice Department is exercising "the Chicago Way" here. As Glenn Reynolds put it:
Is there anything this administration does that isn't politically motivated?In other words, I know who I trust, and it isn't the .gov.
UPDATE: Read this. Had enough yet?
Quote of the Day from Erik Prince, ex-CEO of Blackwater:
"Look," he says, grasping to end our talk on an optimistic note, "America can pull its head out at any time. That happens at the ballot box. Ballot boxes have consequences still in America." He continues: "But the American electorate has to actually pay attention, has to turn off the Xbox long enough to pay attention. Otherwise they're going to continue to elect the government they deserve."