War on Poverty? How about war against insanity!

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The next president needs to declare a War on Insanity.

No, not a war against mental illness, although that would be a worthy campaign for someone to undertake, but rather a war on the insanity that has overcome all of Washington, D.C., half the country, and 60 to 70 percent of the politicians nationwide.

Every week, there are so many head-scratcher stories coming out of our nation’s capital that it is virtually impossible for this columnist (or any other right-thinking American) to know whether he is coming or going. I’ve already written about how we’ve gone down the rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland, but lately it is apparent that comparison is way too innocent for what is going on.

Today we are living in Superman’s Bizarro World, where the Bizarro Code proclaims: “Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!” 

Bizarro World was the creation of DC Comics, so it is fitting that it should now be the symbol of Washington, D.C., the decadent capital where America’s heritage is being squandered away by Democrats and their companion liberal Republicans like uncherished junk at a bargain-basement yard sale where the untutored younger generation cashes out their great-grandma’s precious heirlooms for pennies on the dollar. 

Priced to sell cheap are traditional morality; law and order; national security; sovereign citizenship; and one U.S. Constitution (slightly soiled). Every day some new insult to our heritage is added to the collection by either the national media or the progressive-socialist axis.

Let’s just consider a handful of the major atrocities that were unveiled in the past few weeks. 

— The president is eagerly negotiating a deal to ensure that Iran will be free to build a nuclear arsenal while at the same time he gives a wink and a nod as the Iranians send troops throughout the Middle East, commandeer U.S.-flagged cargo ships in the Strait of Hormuz, and hold several Americans prisoner on trumped up charges.

— More people were charged with crimes for following their conscience and the Bible by refusing to participate in same-sex marriages, and the Supreme Court heard pleadings why Americans and the several states should be deprived of the fundamental right of self-determination.

— President Obama’s plan to fundamentally transform the United States entered a new phase as plans were announced to ship Syrian, Somali and Iraqi refugees far and wide throughout the United States, including Boise, Idaho, where the quisling mayor declared that “Diversity isn’t a buzz word; it’s our birthright.” If President Obama has his way, it will also be our death sentence.

There’s more — lots more — but let’s just cut to the chase. Bizarro World went full throttle last week when in the wake of the Baltimore Riots the president of the United State announced that he had a solution — and it wasn’t a mayor who told the city’s police to duck when someone threw rocks or bottles at them! No, the president declared that the solution to lawlessness in the inner city is “massive investments in urban communities” by the federal government.

Well, hold on now! I thought it was “massive investment” by the federal government that has caused the collapse of the family in urban areas, that has led to welfare dependency, and that has drained self-respect out of once-proud communities in every major city in America.

Just in case I was wrong, I checked and found out that the federal government has “invested” $22 trillion fighting the War on Poverty in the 50 years since it was declared by President Lyndon Johnson (Source: Heritage Foundation). According to my calculation, that’s $440 billion per year on average. 

Considering that spending on welfare and food stamps has steadily increased in recent years, not to mention the costs of Obamacare, I am confident we are spending well over half a trillion per year to rescue our impoverished members of society. That money, by the way, comes from our middle-class and wealthy folks and not from a golden-egg-laying goose in the Oval Office.

You might even be able to make the case that spending all that money is a valuable “investment” except for one inescapable fact. The percentage of poor people in America dropped radically from 34 percent in 1947 to 15 percent in 1965 when the War on Poverty got under way. In the 50 years since... after an investment of $22 trillion... poverty... has... (wait for it!)... settled in at ... 15 percent! 

That’s right, our $22 trillion investment went right down the rabbit hole, or more accurately the black hole, and we are left with inner cities in decay like Detroit, turmoil like Baltimore, and abject poverty like Watts.

I’ll grant the president one thing. He was right to call the rioters criminals and thugs, but remember — this is Bizarro world where “Us love ugliness.” President Obama got a taste of his own medicine when he was called out by the New Left for calling the people who attacked police, burned down buildings and rioted in the streets “thugs.”

Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes was one of many whio blasted Obama for his uncharacteristically harsh tone. Stokes told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” “Of course it’s not the right word, to call our children ‘thugs.’ These are children who have been set aside, marginalized, who have not been engaged by us. No, we don’t have to call them thugs. Just call them n-----s. Just call them n-----s,” he said. “No, we don’t have to call them by names such as that.”

Well, let’s agree we don’t have to call them names based on the color of their skin. Let’s agree with Martin Luther King Jr. that we will instead judge them by the “content of their character.” Let’s call them thugs if they act like thugs, and children if they act like children, and let’s help them to rise up out of the ashes, shake the dust off their feet, and turn their back on the Poverty State that they have been imprisoned in by progressive policies for the past 50 years.

Let’s start over with real solutions, and not just throw money at the problem to make ourselves feel better. More money is not the answer; morality is.

Frank Miele is managing editor of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana.


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