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Dinesh D'Souza: 'I Was Trying to Help ... I Did It in the Wrong Way'
NewsMax ^ | 05/23/2014

Posted on 05/24/2014 7:53:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Dinesh D'Souza — the conservative scholar and documentary filmmaker who pleaded guilty to election fraud charges on the eve of his trial — insists he did not deceive diehard supporters who insisted on his innocence.

"From the beginning of this case when the prosecution and I appeared in court, I said that I did exceed the limits of the campaign finance laws,'' D'Souza told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"The case revolved really on … the issue of selective prosecution … Was [I] being selectively or excessively prosecuted for something that normally doesn't get this kind of treatment?

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dineshdsouza; elections
The more important question I want to ask is this ... why is there a law LIMITING individual contributions to a candidate to $5,000?

Isn't that in effect, limiting a person's right to free speech?

And oh, Iwhy is D'Souza in danger of going to jail for a mere $20,000 when Jon Corzine, who lost BILLIONS of money using customers and clients money on a financial bet stil FREE years after the fact?

1 posted on 05/24/2014 7:53:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

NOTE: His crime was reimbursing two associates $10,000 each for money they gave to the campaign of New York U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, a Republican running for the seat once held by Hillary Clinton.

THAT is illegal.

The question is why should it be illegal?


2 posted on 05/24/2014 7:56:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Answer: Because selective prosecution is a tool of tyranny. Many gun control laws were enacted at a time when they would only be enforced against blacks, even though “the Law, in all its majestic equality, prohibits both kings and paupers alike from sleeping under bridges.”


3 posted on 05/24/2014 7:57:45 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You must remember Dinesh , you are being watched 24/7


4 posted on 05/24/2014 7:58:44 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: SeekAndFind

Meanwhile, Bloomberg The Once And Future King spends many millions of dollars on his own campaign efforts and is never charged.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 8:02:23 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: SeekAndFind

D’Souza isnt Italian


6 posted on 05/24/2014 8:12:06 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind
"And oh, Iwhy is D'Souza in danger of going to jail for a mere $20,000 when Jon Corzine, who lost BILLIONS of money using customers and clients money on a financial bet stil FREE years after the fact?"

Selective prosecution, as he says, but he was a fool to do what he did. He has now discredited himself, his movie, and conservatives who supported him. He will now probably get a harsher sentence because he has spoken out. He supplied ammunition to the enemy who used it to shoot him. One more victory for the Leftists destroying the USA.

7 posted on 05/24/2014 8:12:51 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: SeekAndFind

He could have just “hired” them for some do- nothing job.
Would have to pay tax, but legal.


8 posted on 05/24/2014 8:13:52 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind

He did it the dumBO way, there should be a pardon on the way.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 8:16:02 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The latest Supreme Court case rolling back campaign finance restrictions said corporations could give unlimited amounts on free speech grounds, but didn’t address the limits for individuals. So now corporations have more freedom than the individuals who create them. Someone needs to take the individual restrictions up through the courts on that basis. Political spending is free speech and should not be limited.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 8:18:37 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Truth29

No, he has not discredited himself. He still has all the constitutional guarantees provided to any american citizen. He has to write to participate in democracy. Just because of this selective prosecution, he is not banished from american public life.


11 posted on 05/24/2014 8:18:49 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Truth29

No, he has not discredited himself. He still has all the constitutional guarantees provided to any american citizen. He has to write to participate in democracy. Just because of this selective prosecution, he is not banished from american public life.


12 posted on 05/24/2014 8:19:09 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would imagine that John Corzine wishes he could face a fine and some embarrassment. Where he is now is possibly not fun for him.


13 posted on 05/24/2014 8:20:08 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: molson209

D’Souza has it exactly right ... he did it the “wrong way” ... not as a Democrat-Socialist (we would never had heard anything about it much less any legal action occurring).


14 posted on 05/24/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: Truth29

I don’t believe he has discredited himself to those who will look at the facts in light of common sense. We who know something of the dark underbelly of the 0b@m@ regime understand in a sense what is really happening here.


15 posted on 05/24/2014 8:28:26 AM PDT by Mmmike
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To: The_Media_never_lie
"No, he has not discredited himself. He still has all the constitutional guarantees provided to any american citizen. He has to write to participate in democracy. Just because of this selective prosecution, he is not banished from american public life."

He pled guilty to a felony. He will likely go to prison. He gave them the weapon to use against him and his rights to participate in democracy will now be limited - will he have the right to vote, own a gun, work freely when he has a felony conviction? If he intends to offer knowledge to the rest of us, he should have been smarter, himself.

16 posted on 05/24/2014 8:29:55 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

17 posted on 05/24/2014 9:01:38 AM PDT by sagar
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To: SeekAndFind

I am extremely disappointed in him.


18 posted on 05/24/2014 9:06:55 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: SeekAndFind

Freedom of speech is illegal. You can only occupy the Wall Street and defecate in Central Park, but god forbid if you spend money for the cause.


19 posted on 05/24/2014 9:07:29 AM PDT by sagar
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To: laweeks
For what? Being a political target? Get under the skin of the Bam and any Freeper can be found guilty of a crime.
20 posted on 05/24/2014 10:51:58 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th. Article V.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

RE: D’Souza isnt Italian

Actually it’s Portuguese.

Long before the British voyaged 6,000 miles to India and made it the jewel in the crown of their global empire, Portuguese sailors established a colony in India. As long ago as 1498 (just six years after Christopher Columbus landed in the New World thinking he had arrived in “India”), a Portuguese explorer named Vasco de Gama reached Calicut, a town on the Malabar coast in southwestern India. By 1505, Portugal founded the ‘Portuguese State of India’ as a viceroyalty of the Kingdom of Portugal. Francisco de Almeida, Portuguese India’s first viceroy, ruled from Cochin, now Kochi, in Kerala on India’s southwestern coast.

The Portuguese capital of India subsequently moved to Goa, hundreds of miles up the coast from Cochin. Over the next four centuries, Portugal controlled parts of India’s southwestern coast, a small segment of its vast global reach. Well into the twentieth century, after India gained independence from Britain, Portugal still controlled a number of settlements on India’s west coast, most prominently Goa. It was not until 1975 that Portugal fully relinquished its claims on any Indian territory (and only after the Indian government flexed its military muscles against Lisbon in 1961 when it seized Goa).

Portugal’s long presence in India led to the emergence of “Luso-Indians,” that is, people of mixed Indian and Portuguese descent, primarily the progeny of Portuguese men and local Indian women. In addition, Portugal sent many thousands of “Orfas del Rei” (young female orphans) to India, in order to marry them off to Portuguese men or to Indians of high social rank. But not all Indians with Portuguese surnames have European blood flowing in their veins. Many Indians, like the ancestors of Indian film starlet Freida Pinto, acquired European names only after converting to Catholicism.

So, to make a long story short, D’Souze was born of parents who came from Goa. Hence his Portuguese family name.


21 posted on 05/24/2014 10:52:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Truth29

RE: If he intends to offer knowledge to the rest of us, he should have been smarter, himself.

If a Health teachers teaches his students about the dangers to your health when you smoke and actively discourages you from smoking and you found out that he smokes in private, does that invalidate what he taught?


22 posted on 05/24/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Point is: the opposition often successfully uses personal flaws to attack principles.

D’Souza brought a lot on himself—purported shack up with a married honey before they were divorced.(see: http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/dinesh-dsouza-resigns-as-president-of-the-kings-college/)

I really like the guy, but he wasn’t really ready for big league baseball, much to my surprise.


23 posted on 05/24/2014 11:26:13 AM PDT by qwertyz
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To: qwertyz

I am not saying hypocrisy isn’t a factor to consider, but I personally look BEYOND that at the TRUTH or FALSITY of what the man espouses or says.

For instance, the truth or falsity of the claims of Jesus Christ really has nothing to do with Priests abusing children.

It stands and falls on its own.


24 posted on 05/24/2014 11:31:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"If a Health teachers teaches his students about the dangers to your health when you smoke and actively discourages you from smoking and you found out that he smokes in private, does that invalidate what he taught?"

No, but if you are the general public and don't know a lot about what he is presenting, this will make you skeptical and some will reject what is taught. What he has done and plead guilty too will be used to discredit his work and those who supported him. His audience was intended to be much broader than conservatives who often already knew what he showed. His film was intended to reach and persuade a much larger audience.

25 posted on 05/24/2014 11:45:19 AM PDT by Truth29
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RE: No, but if you are the general public and don’t know a lot about what he is presenting, this will make you skeptical and some will reject what is taught.

Then I would suggest this says MORE about the public than D’Souza.

If the “public” will crucify a perfect man who lived His life consistently, then they will believe whatever they want to believe regardless of whether a man is telling the truth or a lie.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not endorsing what he did, but I am ATTACKING those who don’t want to use their heads.

And oh yeah, I still think the law is unconstitutional.

What he did might be illegal, but constitutionally, it is NOT WRONG.


26 posted on 05/24/2014 11:48:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This is no different than what Al Gore did with the Buddhist nuns in Los Angeles years ago. It was wrong then, and is wrong now. And by wrong I only mean illegal. As an individual, I should be permitted to give as much or as little as I like to any political candidate.


27 posted on 05/24/2014 12:07:59 PM PDT by Benito Cereno
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To: SeekAndFind
Good take on the case here:

Inequality Before the Law

28 posted on 05/24/2014 12:58:29 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
But with a felony conviction he won't be able to vote or own a gun, among other things. And the lib media will always refer to him as the convicted felon D'Souza....
29 posted on 05/24/2014 1:02:13 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"The case revolved really on … the issue of selective prosecution …
The more important question I want to ask is this ... why is there a law LIMITING individual contributions to a candidate to $5,000?

Isn't that in effect, limiting a person's right to free speech?

No, it is abridging “the freedom . . . of the press.” Even if a literal printing press is not involved, the principle of freedom of the press is freedom to use money to deploy technical means in an effort to propagate one’s religious, political (or any other type of) opinion.

The technology is different than that of the founding era - but then, the framers of the Constitution intentionally promoted "the progress of science and useful arts.” So if freedom of broadcasting (or the Internet) is a problem, it takes another part of the Constitution - Article V - to address it.

All campaign finance regulation is unconstitutional. Including requirements for disclosure.

30 posted on 05/24/2014 3:18:13 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I was comparing D Souza with Corzine who’s name sounds “italian”.

Dinesh sounds very much “hindi” while Id never given much thought to where the name D’ Souza came from.

Thank you


31 posted on 05/24/2014 5:43:00 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Rummyfan

Be the very same token, should the media not refer to Bill Clinton as Impeached President Bill Clinton?


32 posted on 05/24/2014 9:20:05 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Truth29

Yes, I see your point.


33 posted on 05/24/2014 9:21:46 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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