I don’t know what we’re doing. I truly don’t.

Illegal aliens are streaming across the southern border, accompanied by thugs, drugs, and bugs, of which the coronavirus is likely the least. We do nothing. And we couldn’t care less.

Please don’t tell me it’s a humanitarian issue. It’s not. There’s nothing humanitarian or humane about surrendering a nation’s sovereignty, squandering its resources, endangering its citizens, or diluting its opportunities in the interest of padding a dependent voter base. Nothing.

What’s that? Things are no different from the way they’ve always been? I see. Well, unless you’re capable of convincing sharks to buy teeth, Eskimos to buy ice cubes, or politicians to buy honesty and integrity, that’s going to be a pretty tough sell.

Please bear in mind that Exhibits A and B in the hyperlinks below are from NBC and CNN, respectively — mainstream media outlets, to be sure. They’re not from The American Spectator, The National Review, Real Clear Politics, Reason, City Journal, Quillette, The Daily Wire, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, The New York Post, Fox News, One America News Network, Newsmax, Judicial Watch, The Epoch Times, The Hill, Breitbart News, The Blaze, The Gateway Pundit, Red State, The Heritage Foundation, NewsBusters, The Federalist, PJ Media, American Thinker, FreedomWorks, Power Line, or any other sources likely to be dismissed, disregarded, shadow banned, or canceled outright for being fake news, extremist, inflammatory, biased, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or — worst of all — conservative.

And please bear in mind that Exhibit C is from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank that takes no policy positions:

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

As we concede our sovereignty to naïveté, utopian idealism, and self-destructive indifference, we can count it among the myriad things we’ve forgotten, neglected to learn from history, or chosen to ignore.

A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation. (Ronald Reagan)

And the immigration issue is just one piece of a very large and profoundly perverse puzzle.

Guess Where the Buck Stops

I read a post on Vox in March of last year. It was entitled, “How Putin became the victim of his own lies”. It’s an interview with Brian Klaas, a politics professor at University College London. During the interview, Klaas said this about the United States:

There’s something deeply dysfunctional about American society right now. People are financially and electorally rewarded for lying to their voters. We can come up with every possible institutional change that you can imagine to revive our democracy, but nothing will matter unless we solve this problem with our society.

He’s right, of course. The people whom we’re financially and electorally rewarding for lying to us constitute just one side of the equation. The other side of the equation is us. We’re letting ourselves be lied to. We’re letting ourselves be fed false narratives. We’re refusing to look more deeply, to ask more questions, to demand the return of our liberties, to reduce the massive size and waste of government, to hold accountable the people we elect to represent our interests. We’re turning our backs on what was once a bold, magnificent experiment in self-government to be governed by corrupt, self-serving, double-dealing, career politicians who manage to become millionaires while holding ostensible public-service offices without ever having to account for a dollar of their own money, let alone ours. And guess who’s on the hook for all of it.

The question in the title of this post doesn’t matter. It can be considered purely rhetorical because we’re doing both. And we didn’t have to do either.

The only thing sadder than watching a nation die is watching a nation kill itself.

Originally Published on https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/category/lifecolumns/notes-to-self/

Mark O'Brien Writer, Blogger

I'm the founder and principal of O'Brien Communications Group (obriencg.com) and the co-founder and President of EinSource (einsource.com). I'm a lifelong writer. My wife, Anne, and I have two married sons and four grandchildren. I'm having the time of my life.

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