Moot Causes

Shortly after having been saddled with the public role defending an all-but engineered crisis at the southern border, Kamala Harris explained the only lasting solution would be to fix its “root causes”. Maintaining a border–as we were doing mere months ago–is no longer possible somehow; but, fortunately, curing Latin American poverty, corruption and violence is. Oh, let’s not forget climate change. Just think, if this crisis hadn’t come about, we’d have never thought of confronting these ills! If only we’d started sooner! Perhaps it just took a mind as fertile as Kamala’s.

To keep the silly ruse going the National Security Council has issued a “root causes strategy” as directed by President Biden’s executive order, making quaint and ironic (considering the source) noises about “transparency”, “democracy” and a free press.

Call it executive oblivion:

Corruption and other government actions to undermine transparency and democratic governance limit confidence of the public in their governments…

Don’t we know it. Our BLM-allied, Facebook-flagging, “white nationalist” purging White House also condescends to teach the benighted Latin Americans about “the rule of law” and a “free press”.

The strategy is organized under five pillars:
• Pillar I: Addressing economic insecurity and inequality
• Pillar II: Combating corruption, strengthening democratic governance, and advancing the rule of
• Pillar III: Promoting respect for human rights, labor rights, and a free press
• Pillar IV: Countering and preventing violence, extortion, and other crimes perpetrated by
criminal gangs, trafficking networks, and other organized criminal organizations
• Pillar V: Combating sexual, gender-based, and domestic violence

If the document were entirely in earnest it would be declaring our intention to adopt Central America and make its many problems our own.

I can’t help but reflect on how we’ve long heard, and recently heard a lot, about addressing the “root causes” of black criminality, and its necessity in conjunction with our present trend dismantling local police. Of course the new government dependents and future consumers streaming across the border is the point and “root causes” a diversion. Equalized economic and other conditions, at least too soon, would not suit the powerful at all. Fortunately for them the notion Central America’s problems are solvable (and by us) is laughable and they need not sin by doing anything to encourage it. Indeed, they can proceed with all the meaningless, performative policy they can stand and retain both confidence the people won’t stop coming and the moral consolation they’ve actually worked against it.

But the black crime that is the ultimate source of their other assault on constitutional America is something we can, and have, effectively lessened.

The parallels are striking to me. Black criminality, like third world poverty, is a boon to the powerful–no demagogy has succeeded more than the demagogy that now goes as black civil rights; it wouldn’t be possible without the crime. Likewise, if anything has less chance of solution than Latin America’s problems it’s black mayhem.

Unlike the poverty of the third world, black crime is something we could do something about. The great decrease in crime beginning in the nineties was just that. The resultant disparity in black and white incarceration is both a genuine outrage to progressives and their most valuable weapon. Those that cite “root causes”–and waste money on various grifts around them–doth protest way too much.

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