By Mick “Spin” Dumdell
Well, there is a God after all! Rightwing conservative Indian-American gadfly pundit, author, and so-called film maker, Dinesh D’Souza, has to visit a psychiatrist once a week for the next 5 years! Here’s the story, with a few added pictures by Penelope Dreadful to spice it up!
NEW YORK – At a hearing Monday in Manhattan in which he ruled filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza must continue community service for four more years, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said he considers D’Souza’s violation of federal campaign-finance laws to be evidence of a psychological problem and ordered further counseling.
D’Souza’s defense counsel Benjamin Brafman provided evidence to the court that the psychiatrist D’Souza was ordered to see found no indication of depression or reason for medication. In addition, the psychologist D’Souza subsequently consulted provided a written statement concluding there was no need to continue the consultation, because D’Souza was psychologically normal and well adjusted.
But Judge Berman, who was appointed by Bill Clinton, disagreed, effectively overruling the judgment of the two licensed psychological counselors the U.S. probation department had approved as part of D’Souza’s criminal sentence.
“I only insisted on psychological counseling as part of Mr. D’Souza’s sentence because I wanted to be helpful,” the judge explained. “I am requiring Mr. D’Souza to see a new psychological counselor and to continue the weekly psychological consultation not as part of his punishment or to be retributive.
“I’m not singling out Mr. D’Souza to pick on him,” Berman said at the hearing Monday. “A requirement for psychological counseling often comes up in my hearings in cases where I find it hard to understand why someone did what they did.” . . . Berman said he could not understand how someone of D’Souza’s intelligence, with credentials that include college president, could do something so stupid as to violate federal campaign contribution laws. D’Souza was at the pinnacle of his career, writing bestselling non-fiction books and producing popular feature films.
As WND reported, after pleading guilty to campaign-finance violations, D’Souza was sentenced in September to eight months in a work-release center, five years of probation, a $30,000 fine and community service. He pleaded guilty in May 2014 to arranging “straw donors” to contribute $10,000 to the failed 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a college friend.
No doubt people will be comparing this to the Stalinist days in Soviet Russia where the mental health professionals were used to intimidate enemies of the state, but I have to disagree. It is about time some of these conservative idiots who deny global warming and the very existence of White Privilege get their heads examined! Here are few blurbs from the Wikipedia article about D’Souza:
In the second chapter of What’s So Great About America, D’Souza defends colonialism, arguing that the problem with Africa is not that it was colonized, but rather that it was not colonized long enough. He supports the European colonization of India and other countries, claiming that Christian colonization was a good thing for India because it was a way for Indians to escape the caste system, superstitions and poverty.
D’Souza has argued that the Abu Gharib torture and prisoner abuse scandal was a result of “the sexual immodesty of liberal America”. He further asserted that the conditions of prisoners at Abu Ghraib “are comparable to the accommodations in midlevel Middle Eastern hotels”.
D’Souza’s 2003 book, What’s So Great About America, defends the United States against the criticisms of the last couple of decades. A reviewers states he argues against the criticisms leveled by the Muslim world, “domestic multiculturalist cults”, those seeking reparations for slavery, and especially the left wing in the United States in particular, and that he contends Americans themselves are too critical and take for granted the blessings bestowed on them by living within the borders of the United States.
The reviewer also notes that D’Souza also takes this a step further and challenges the notion that all world cultures are equal:
D’Souza challenges one of the central premises of today’s intelligentsia: The equality of all cultures. “If one begins with the multicultural premise that all cultures are equal, then the world as it is makes very little sense,” he says. Some cultures have completely outperformed others in providing the things that all people seek — health, food, housing, security and the amenities of life.—Thomas Sowell, What’s So Great About America?
D’Souza has also criticized aspects of feminism:
The feminist error was to embrace the value of the workplace as greater than the value of the home. Feminism has endorsed the public sphere as inherently more constitutive of women’s worth than the private sphere. Feminists have established as their criterion of success and self-worth an equal representation with men at the top of the career ladder. The consequence of this feminist scale of values is a terrible and unjust devaluation of women who work at home.—Dinesh D’Souza, Letters to a Young Conservative
In a 2003 interview, he said same-sex marriage did not work:
Marriage does not civilize men. Women do. This point is even evident in the gay community: it helps to explain why lesbians are generally much better than male homosexuals in sustaining long-term relationships. The reason that society privileges marriage and gives it a special legal status is because marriage is the only known incubator for the raising of children.
So, after all the right-wing loony tune opinions above, I reiterate my support for Mr. D’Souza spending some time in analysis! He will probably need a whole team of shrinks!
Yours very truly,
Mick “Spin” Dumdell
FootNote: The Images are from the 1939 film, Gunga Din. The actors above are Sam Jaffee as Gunga Din, Cary Grant as Cutter, and Anna Mae as Annie the Elephant. Here is a fun page about the movie: