Skip to comments.Inequality Before the Law ... Mark Steyn
Posted on 05/24/2014 4:11:44 AM PDT by Rummyfan
My former National Review shipmate Dinesh D'Souza has pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws. As part of the general sclerosis of the "justice" system, he will not be sentenced until September 23rd. If the judge operates to the sentencing guidelines, D'Souza will serve 10-16 months in jail. He will also be, unto the end of his days, a convicted "felon", and thus, depending upon what sentence he serves, unable to own a gun, and, depending upon which state he chooses to make his home, unable to run for public office and/or vote.
For a $15,000 infraction. (Not 20K, as widely reported - the first five is legal.)
Here's what I wrote about the case four months ago:
The United States Government is corrupt. The IRS is corrupt, the EPA is corrupt, the Department of Justice is corrupt. They use their powers selectively to chastise their political enemies. In a hyper-regulatory state, there are laws against everything, and everyone is guilty of being in breach of at least 300 of them at any hour of the day. I have no use for Dinesh D'Souza, for example, but it seems obvious that he's been set up as this season's Benghazi video maker. There are gazillions of $20,000 campaign-finance infractions across America, but the only guy that's been singled out is the fellow who made a hit anti-Obama movie. As John Hayward puts it, he's been
'...busted for doing 59 in a 55-mph campaign-finance zone in your little compact car, while huge semi trucks full of political cash blast past you at a hundred miles an hour without the cops batting an eye.'
(Excerpt) Read more at steynonline.com ...
Selective enforcement of laws when everyone is guilty of something is as effective as troops in the street, and a lot less visible.
A serious Steyn today. And he’s spot on. It’s not exactly the trial of Hank Reardon but heading in that direction.
May Dinesh wear his time as a badge of honor and rebound as did Martha Stewart, another recipient of unequal treatment. She served her time while Mr. Global Crossing becomes a governor and Ms. Cattle Futures is touted as next in line to drive this great nation into the ground.
The Clinton appointed Judge said there was no evidence of selective enforcement, or words to that effect. Alan Dershowitz says otherwise...
Thaddeus McCotter. He went down the memory hole pretty fast. No fed judge propped him up.
So much for that white privilege.
I used to like him on Redeye.
“You don’t need a president-for-life if you have a bureaucracy-for-life.”
Who are these people?
Clearly this was an abuse of prosecutorial discretion as to whether they needed to criminalize this case or have him pay a fine.
Think of all the Clinton’s and Gore bundlers who never went to jail for much larger illegal schemes on donations.
Did you really think we want those laws observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them to be broken. Youd better get it straight that its not a bunch of boy scouts youre up against... Were after power and we mean it... Theres no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there arent enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? Whats there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now thats the system, Mr. Reardon, thats the game, and once you understand it, youll be much easier to deal with.
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged 1957
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