Across the nation, public officials will strike somber poses and shed television-friendly tears and bow their blow-dried heads in memory of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
They’ll hold hands, light candles, and pass around a plateful of
platitudes: “Never forget,” they’ll intone. “Let’s roll,” they’ll
thunder. “God bless America,” they’ll warble in perfect harmony.
They’ll assure us that they are committed to fighting terror and
securing our borders and doing whatever it takes to protect the homeland
from another horrific mass murder at the hands of freedom-hating
fanatics. And then?
And then, from Washington state to Washington, D.C., they’ll go back
to work, roll up their sleeves, and spit on the graves of the 9/11 dead.
Your pious city councilwoman will return to the office to draft a
resolution condemning the common-sense detention and deportation of
Middle Eastern illegal aliens suspected of terrorism.
Your politically correct police chief will refuse to cooperate with
federal authorities in criminal investigations of illegal visa
overstayers and border-crossers and ship-jumpers.
Your pandering mayor will stealthily renew his policy of preventing city employees from reporting illegal aliens.
Your indignant local librarian will promote fear-mongering and misinformation about the Patriot Act.
Your regional Chamber of Commerce president will join forces with
Canadian and Mexican government representatives to put business
interests ahead of border enforcement.
Your tuition-thirsty university president will lobby behind closed
doors against federal efforts to track foreign students and ensure that
they go home when required. Your vote-hungry governor will encourage
document fraud through his support of insecure foreign-issued
identification cards and driver’s licenses for “undocumented workers.”
Your race card-fearing congressman will court Arab and Muslim special
interest groups and donors who have coddled Islamists on college
campuses, in prisons, and in the U.S. military in the name of
Your grandstanding senator will block funding for long-delayed
homeland defense measures — such as a national entry-exit system to
monitor temporary foreign visitors — even as he whines about the need
for more money to ensure our safety.
Your incompetent Transportation Security Administration will
stonewall pilots who want training to be armed, squander tens of
millions of taxpayer dollars on lucrative contracts for
weapons-detection equipment that doesn’t work or get used, and continue
to ban racial profiling.
Your indifferent Interior Department will look the other way as
underequipped and understaffed park rangers along the southwestern
border remain vulnerable to drug smugglers and terrorists.
Your bloated Homeland Security Department will keep Clinton-era
holdovers in pivotal positions, reduce routine inspections at seaports
in the name of efficiency, and continue to shortchange interior
enforcement against deportation fugitives and asylum con artists in
favor of duct tape tipsheets and cosmetic color-coded alerts.
Your corrupted State Department will appease Saudi terror-backers,
reward butt-covering managers, assuage European travel industry tycoons,
and continue to defend lax visa screening policies.
Your Democratic presidential candidates will unanimously endorse the
very kind of amnesty policies that allowed several al Qaeda operatives
to infiltrate this country and hatch terrorist plots.
And your Republican Party elites will continue to spurn immigration
enforcement reformers within their own ranks for fear of alienating
ethnic constituencies that will never vote for them anyway.
To those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 because their government
failed to enforce its borders, laws, and sovereignty, the politicians
and bureaucrats and civic leaders will ostentatiously offer one measly
day a year of dedication in rhetoric — and 364 days of desecration in