For all our military and economic might, for all our history of cultural and geopolitical dominance, Western civilization has grown fat, complacent and suicidally weak-willed. Not to mention morally adrift, civically indifferent and financially
Our southern border remains porous while we consider legalizing illegals and having them invite their relatives to join them. Our legal immigration and visa system may be in worse disarray, as we let in people willy-nilly, especially students, including those from countries that hate us. Then we have no idea where those people go or how long they stay.
Even more than a decade after 9-11, our intelligence community couldn’t spot a budding terrorist – the older brother in the Boston bombing – although the Russians, hardly our best friends, warned us about him several times. And even though the guy was promoting jihad on the Internet.
And when it turns out that some of our guests wish us dead – and actually see to it – some Americans instinctively blame America. Meanwhile, our government still considers a radical Muslim attack at Fort Hood to be “workplace violence.”
Does that sound like a civilization on the rise?
Evidence of the West’s impotence and incompetence has been all around us for some time, but has become incontrovertible and inescapable with the news that the Boston bombers and their relatives were on public assistance. All the while, the older bomber’s wife worked up to 80 hours a week and her husband somehow found the finances to live the life of an international man of mystery, jetting off to Mother Russia for six months before cynically bombing the hand that fed him.
As somebody else noted, only in America can you be on a terror watch list and the welfare rolls at the same time.
And please note: While all this has been going on, you good, hardworking, taxpaying citizens who helped feather the Boston bomber’s nest have a government that is preparing to fine you for not buying health insurance.
What a country! Where upstanding, gainfully employed citizens can be threatened and punished by a government that’s spoonfeeding derelict, death-dealing terrorists.
We’re being played for suckers, folks.
Lest you think the Boston bum’s gaming of the system is a solitary case, far from it. In fact, it’s a transnational strategy of our enemy: Britain’s radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary has brazenly urged his followers to get on public benefits there – calling welfare a “jihad-seeker’s allowance.” He ridiculed British taxpayers and their working 9-5, saying living off them makes holy war easier.
“You work, give us the money,” he was secretly recorded telling fellow Muslims. “Allah Akbar; we take the money.”
It’s a strategy radical Muslims have employed throughout Western Europe as well.
Of course, pilfering taxpayers is a despicable game being played by many: There are now record numbers of people on food stamps and disability, meaning we’re increasingly becoming a nation unable – or perhaps unwilling – to feed ourselves or work. Did the Russians hit us with an invisible bomb that makes us unable to care for ourselves? How is it that so many are suddenly so helpless?
Absolutely we must feed and accommodate the hungry and truly disabled. That’s not the issue. The issue is rampant fraud.
“When asked why he robbed banks, Slick Willie Sutton famously answered, ‘Because that’s where the money is,’” writes Liz Peek at TheFiscalTimes.com “Today, millions of Americans appear to have jumped onto our disability rolls for the very same reason.”
When are we going to get smarter? No time soon, apparently: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there is $750 million in food stamp fraud each year – more than double the number cited in a 2006-2008 study. And yet, get this: Not only is the government advertising to encourage more people to get on assistance, but recruiters are being paid to sign them up. The Washington Post wrote of one food stamp recruiter charged with signing up 150 people a month.
Yes, a quota to increase the public assistance rolls.
One audience we needn’t recruit: radical Muslims.
They know all about the free goodies here.