I usually keep Saturdays light, with some music or random musing. I just can’t do that this week. Not after reading two stories within minutes of each other, both of which herald just how much our governments aren’t serious about their primary duty: protecting their citizens.
Exhibit A: In Sweden, five teenage migrants from Afghanistan have been convicted of gang-raping another teenage migrant. But despite calls from the prosecution to expel the convicts back to their native country, it won’t happen because “of their age and the dangers they would face in their homeland.” One of the dangers of Afghanistan is the widespread practice of rape. By allowing these “youths” to spend less than a year and a half in jail, then return to Swedish society, the government is essentially allowing barbarous behavior to be imported there.
Exhibit B: A man from Mexico who had been deported ten times since 2003 is now accused of raping a 13-year old girl in Kansas.
I don’t mean to imply that such crimes are never committed by citizens. We already have crime enough from domestic sources. But it’s increasingly clear that the flood tide of migrants across Europe and the United States is bringing in a large number of what Trump indelicately referred to as “bad hombres.” A nation that is serious about its sovereignty and security would never allow someone to reenter illegally nine more times after first being caught. For all the impact they’re being allowed to have, we might as well defund the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the joke known as the “Department of Homeland Security.”
It’s bad enough these people are committing the national equivalent of ‘breaking and entering.’ When that behavior is compounded by assaults and crimes against the citizens living here, it should be dealt with swiftly and harshly. The dilemma is that I’m one of many people who believe our police need to reduce the instances of abuse of authority… and yet on this important issue it’s as if we don’t even have police. As Charlie Daniels sang in Simple Man, “I’m the kinda guy wouldn’t harm a mouse, but if I catch somebody breaking in my house, I gotta 12-gauge shotgun waitin’ inside.” (Full disclosure: mine’s only a 20-gauge, but it now has several stable mates with it. The Musketeers and I took them out for a spin just this week.)
Scripture says governments are permitted to ‘bear the sword‘ in order to reward good and punish evil. Punishment is severely lacking in both cases above (and countless others I’ve read and could link to but in the interest of time don’t). The message all this sends is that these are happy hunting grounds, further compounding the problem. We need to send a much different signal, and soon. While I don’t take death lightly, there is an argument to be made along the lines of “shoot a few and the rest will learn.” Because our governments won’t exercise their responsibility here, I predict citizens will increasingly take matters into their own hands. When you delegate authority to someone and they fail to get the job done, the boss usually takes that power back.
We need to remember who the boss is for Western republics. And it’s NOT the jokers in