Nancy Pelosi said: ďWe have to pass it, to find out whatís in it.Ē A Doctor called to a radio show & said: "That's the definition of a stool sample"
"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Barack Obama January 2008
My position on matters like these is not entirely unrelated to the principles of the social contract, which is by my interpretation a tacit agreement to create a system secure enough that people as a civilization would feel confidence in participating in that system, thereby making civilization something that can actually function. So for example we "agreed" to give up our right to murder each other over every offense and set up a justice system instead to determine the correct punishment; we agreed to give up our right to steal from others so we could enjoy the comfort in knowing that others were prohibited from stealing from us; we set up a securities and exchange commission so that the public would feel confidence in participating in the investment system, which is good for the economy as a whole. Finally, we created laws regarding campaign contributions, laws against corruption and some means of tracking votes so that the public has confidence in the Democratic process. Does this mean D'Souza's punishment should have been imprisonment? Maybe, maybe not, but the point is it's not a victimless crime because his actions were a crime against the electoral system as a whole, and if treated as unimportant or swept under the rug altogether then that in turn harms our confidence in the Democratic process.
When I think of the number of people in recent years that have been accused of funny business when it comes to campaign financing and support, it brings to mind certain arrogent individuals who deny, deny, deny in front of the cameras. Then I look at people like D'Souza and I must say there a level of admiration about the way he handled the whole thing. Sure, he broke the law and he is rightly paying the price, but at least he didn't get in front of the cameras and lie his ass off like so many others that come to mind.
Here, this is what I'm talking about:
There's no excuse for breaking the law and like I said, he is now paying the price for it... At least he manned up for what he did instead of pulling a Blago or Birtha Lewis.