When I heard the news that Dinesh D’Souza, the scholar and filmmaker behind “2016: Obama’s America,” had been indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on campaign-finance charges, you could have knocked me over with a feather.

How much more blatant does abuse of power have to get before America rises up in righteous indignation?

Think about it.

No one had a more high-profile role in opposing Obama’s re-election in 2012 than D’Souza, a mild-mannered academic who compared his immigration story with the life story of Obama’s and contrasted their distinctly different worldviews.

Just a little more than a year after the election he’s indicted on two felony counts for which he could face six years in prison. When he was indicted, he was released on $500,000 bail. His passport was seized, as if he were a flight risk.

Obama wasn’t just going after one of his most prominent enemies. He was sending a message to all of his adversaries.

I began contacting the most fearless Obama critics I know to speak out against this insidious form of payback. What I found astounded me. Many of them were afraid to talk. D’Souza wasn’t talking either, probably on the advice of counsel. I pleaded with people to join me in condemning this effort to lock up someone solely because he disagreed publicly with the president – something we haven’t seen often in the history of this once-great republic.

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Finally, many of them began to talk – roundly condemning this unthinkable, unimaginable terror that was befalling us all from on high.

And now D’Souza has also begun talking. He said something profound in an interview with WND. When Dinesh D’Souza can be prosecuted for making a movie, every American should ask themselves one question, he said: “What will I do to preserve the First Amendment?”

I put that question to you.

What will you do to preserve the First Amendment?

It’s under fire as never before. The founders knew from where the threat to our enumerated rights would come – government. That’s why they removed the shackles from the people and placed them on the government, strictly limiting its powers with the Bill of Rights.

If Americans don’t fight back against this kind of terror and intimidation, who will be next? Who will stand up for you when it’s your turn?

I have a plea for you. Sign the petition demanding a thorough and complete investigation of these paybacks.

D’Souza is hardly alone.

“The producer of his movie was quickly investigated by the IRS, even before D’Souza came under scrutiny.

Dr. Ben Carson, the heroic surgeon whose inspirational life is told in his books and a Hollywood movie, found he was under the IRS microscope for the first time in his life after his criticism of Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast.

I could go on and on with the growing list of Obama critics who suddenly have found themselves under attack. I could even cite my own horror story with the IRS, which began rummaging through tax filings dating back to 2009, coincidentally the year Obama took office.

Sign the petition. It’s a small request. Stand up now while you still can. Don’t live in fear. Think of the sacrifices that have been made by our forefathers for generations to preserve freedom in this country. Sign the petition.

D’Souza is not folding his cards. He’s fighting back.

“I will not be stopped by Barack Obama,” D’Souza told WND.

He’s putting the finishing touches on a new movie that begins where “2016” left off.

“So, I’m releasing a new film this year, and what I am making clear is that whatever these guys are trying, it’s not going to stop me from making the film or releasing the film or being able to put my message out there,” he said.

Most of America’s past administrations would have been ashamed to target their enemies the way Obama has. Even if they suspected some wrongdoing, they would have thought twice about indicting a high-profile critic. It’s just not done in America – not that way.

So take a stand. It’s a small and modest request. Sign the petition.

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