Poor Dinesh D’Souza. He forgot one important fact: When you expose corrupt leadership, you paint a big, red target across your back. You become public enemy Number One. Therefore, you should never give those you’ve exposed the ammunition they can fire against you. You must keep your nose clean – you must stay squeaky clean – or you will pay.
How did D’Souza offend the ruling class? He had the audacity to produce an anti-Obama documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, showing the true face of our President, the face that had so carefully been hidden by the media. Worse yet, the documentary was wildly successful. The film earned over $33 million at the box office and was the highest-grossing documentary in decades. D’Souza also wrote a successful book, Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream. Certainly the Obama Administration cringed when they reviewed the content, and certainly they fumed for revenge.
Nobody likes a whistle blower to expose their feet of clay, and this Administration didn’t like this movie or book one bit. And any time they can, they will retaliate against the whistle blowers. This Administration certainly has the ability. With IRS targeting of conservative groups, NSA spying on American citizens, and an Attorney General who has repeatedly demonstrated that he will ignore law when it is convenient and apply it unfairly when it is, they can reap great revenge.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the Obama administration is now targeting D’Souza for minor campaign finance violations that have been largely ignored when perpetuated by democratic donors. Last week he was criminally indicted, and he faces seven years in prison if convicted of this felony. Is D’Souza guilty? He claims innocence. We don’t know, but for him the damage is done – his life and reputation have been ruined.
There is an old saying that a good prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and they indicted D’Souza. He is charged with raising money illegally for a friend of his, Wendy Long, who was running for Congress. He and his wife each contributed the legally allowed $5,000 to the campaign, but then federal authorities claim he illegally reimbursed straw donors for another $20,000 secretly coming from him.
In contrast, when Democrat Senator John Edwards received numerous $2,000 donations from support staff and paralegals at large law firms, many all on the same day, nothing happened to him. It depends on who you offend. You can find that pattern repeated over and over as the laws are selectively enforced against their enemies.
The point is, when you publically oppose those in power, you had better keep your nose clean. They will examine your life with a fine tooth comb and use anything they find against you. Robert Knight writes, “To liberals, politics really is war by other means.” Therefore, according to Knight, they made war on Dinesh D’Souza in “what appears to be a Hugo Chavez-style payback.”
Those on the side of the Administration applaud that kind of retaliation. Chuck Schumer, Democrat Senator from New York, in discussing the frustration the administration has with the Tea Party and the Republican lead House stated:
“This is not the place for a broad discussion of this issue, and it is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies – we must redouble those efforts immediately.”
That is scary rhetoric. Rather than being ashamed of what they have done using the IRS to target enemies, they want to redouble the effort.
We are on the edge of a very slippery slope, if not already careening into the abyss – the abyss of totalitarian thugary. In commenting on the words of Chuck Schumer, Herman Cain stated,
“This is extraordinary. A sitting United States senator is openly discussing how the federal government can use its power to destroy a movement of citizens participating in the political process. And his problem with them? They criticize government.”
What keeps this administration somewhat in line? Only public outrage at his underhanded shenanigans. But that happens only for a little while and only in public. In 2009, the Obama administration called on citizens to join the government in helping to monitor the emails, casual conversations and activities of their neighbors, friends and co- workers by reporting “misinformation” about Obamacare. They creating an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org for citizens to use to squeal on those who gave information contrary to the party line. Public Outcry was loud. The White House announced it had deactivated the “flag” email. Yet, more than four years later, the email address still appears on the White House webpages (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Facts-Are- Stubborn-Things), accompanied by the same invitation to citizens to report anyone who is disseminating misinformation about Obamacare. Explain to me how this is different from the Nazi Brown Shirts?
But these are the tactics of the regime that D’Souza dared challenge. D’Souza, who seems to be a committed Christian and an all-around nice guy, has become the target. His life is being ruined by the Government thugs. What a shame if he gave them the ammunition that is being used to destroy him.
The Bible gives us some good advice in Philippians 2:14-15. It states:
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”
We live in a dark world where right is called wrong, and where wrong is called right: where evil is called good, and where good is called evil. In this environment, we are to shine as lights in the midst of that darkness. We must set the example for good behavior, and we must always tell the truth in love. Don’t misbehave and give them opportunity to use your misbehavior against you.
As Peter wrote in 1st Peter 2:19-20:
“For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.”
We are called to do good and to expose evil. We will get into trouble enough just doing that without giving the opposition more ammunition to use against us.
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Rev. Daniel Packer is pastor of the Orrington Center Church in Orrington, Maine. He is an active proponent of Biblical morality. His e-mail address is email@example.com.