The conservative young filmmaker whose undercover sting damaged a liberal activist group last year faces federal criminal charges in an alleged plot to bug the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).What this shows is that if you are stupid, and if you break the law, you deserve to go to jail. Period. Doesn't matter if you are a liberal or a conservative.
O'Keefe, 25, became a conservative hero last year after he and fellow activist Hannah Giles secretly videotaped several regional offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) while posting as a pimp and a prostitute. O'Keefe's videos showed ACORN staffers appearing to offer them housing help and advice on concealing their purported prostitution business.
Of course, ACORN is gloating over the arrest. However, this doesn' t prove their innocence (I don't think anyone believes that). It does show that people are tempted by success.
In a joint interview given to CampusReform.org two weeks ago, O'Keefe and Basel were quoted about their frustration with the liberal bent of college media. O'Keefe urged young conservatives to think and act boldly to avoid complacency.
"The more bold you are, the more opportunities will be open to you," O'Keefe said. "The less bold you are, the less opportunities in life will be open to you."Those "bold opportunities" may earn O'Keefe a felony conviction and a trip to the slammer. I hate to say it, but he brought it on himself.
Youth is both a wonderful and terrible thing; it gives you all of the potential to do something, and none of the wisdom to use it.