The U.S. government is treating the southern border of this country like it were I-20 from Augusta to Atlanta: just another highway. Let the traffic go on. Just stop and ticket someone every now and then.
The difference, of course, is that the U.S.-Mexican border is exponentially more dangerous -- and it's supposed to be a checkpoint, a barrier to prevent illegal activity and to protect the sovereignty of the United States.
Yet, drug smuggling and illegal alien smuggling go on with the aid of rapid-fire weapons in the hands of the cartels, and the slothful-yet-active neglect of our supposed leaders in Washington.
What we are seeing is nothing short of wanton negligence on the part of Washington -- one of the most egregious, actionable and reckless standards of conduct under the law. Case law describes wanton negligence as, "Actions which show utter disregard for safety of others who might reasonably be expected to be injured thereby."
That neatly sums up Washington's approach to border security.
Every man or woman elected to office in our nation's capital knows, or should know, that their most sacred duty is to protect and defend the United States of America. Yet, they also know, or should know, that they are not getting the job done on our southern border.
Actually, the negligence is shared in large part by the national media -- who, once the pro-amnesty contest between Barack Obama and John McCain was set last summer, never again brought up the border issue in any meaningful way.
Well, it has a nasty habit of bringing up itself -- in violent ways.
The national media are much more transfixed on Michael Jackson's drug-induced death, but the fact is that a U.S. Border Patrol agent was attacked and killed July 23 in the wild frontier Washington has set up on the border.
Robert Rosas Jr., 30, a husband and father of two young children, was killed while defending you.
His funeral is today.
More accurately, Officer Rosas was executed in southeastern San Diego County after tracking a suspicious border-crossing group and being ambushed. He was shot in the head and abdomen multiple times at close range.
The national media might have been able to see this coming, were it not for their condescending dismissal toward the Minutemen, ordinary American patriots who have volunteered the last few years to bring fresh eyes and public awareness to the country's border problems.
Authorities have rounded up a whole handful of suspects in Rosas' murder -- and it would not surprise if one or more had been deported in the past.
Some 12,800 people have been killed in border violence since late 2006, according to Reuters.
"Last year," says the news agency, "Border Patrol agent Luis Aguilar was intentionally run over and killed by a smuggler in a drug-packed Hummer in Arizona.
"In (the) Tucson sector alone in the first 10 months of fiscal 2009 there have been 171 assaults on Border Patrol agents."
Despite all this, Washington had to be dragged kicking and screaming to agree to build a border fence -- and we question the Obama administration's commitment to finishing it.
We also question our leaders' commitment to the agents protecting us.