It’s enough to make your head spin. This is sheer insanity.
In an era when jihadists are extraordinarily active on social media and often count on supporters’ sharing and retweeting jihadist messages to help spread Islamist propaganda, our government decided it would create a “civil liberties backlash” if it were known that America actually reviewed the public social-media posts of immigrants and visitors. Immigrants don’t have a civil-liberties interest in their public postings. No one does. Any decent employer looks at potential employees’ public social-media pages before making a hiring decision. Any competent law-enforcement officer knows to comb through social media when investigating crimes. And any semi-sentient immigration official should know that social media can be key to evaluating visa applicants, including by helping determine whether they’ve lied on their application or whether there is evidence that they intend harm when they come to the United States.
While it’s important to condemn the idiocy of our governing elite, it’s vital to understand why they are so foolish. After all, the senior leadership of this country includes many of our best-credentialed and most-experienced civil servants, yet not only do they keep failing, they’re failing at an ever-increasing rate. Why is this? I can think of three related reasons.
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