It started when The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder asked, “What is it about America that so alienates young men?” in the context of wondering about “the possibility that something about America is radicalizing people of all sorts.” Others soon followed suit in suggesting America had a major share of the blame, including the woman from whose loins these creatures sprang.
Well, I’ll take the bait.
Aside from what appears to be awful parenting, the Tsarnaev boys were immediately engulfed in a progressive ideology. Generous social services for all-comers is a staple of the left’s Utopian philosophy. They lived in a progressive state, attended schools similar to those across the country where self-esteem was given, not earned, and still turned out to be monsters…well, you see where this is going.
The progressive philosophy is designed to make you “feel” good about yourself, but for merely existing, not doing anything. It’s designed to “celebrate diversity,” not assimilation. This line of thinking not only granted cover to the Tsarnaevs to care about their former homeland more than the one providing for them, but “alienated” them from this country more than anything else.
The United States has a history of self-segregation. Every major city has a “Little Italy,” “Chinatown” and the like, but they’ve shrunk. They didn’t shrink because outside forces overtook them, they were overtaken by outside forces because the goal was to assimilate. New immigrants moved there as a transition from their old home to their new one. They lived there while they learned the language, culture and the ability to move out. Progressives have reversed this trend.
This trend has been reversed to the point that the winner of the $338 million lottery winner in New Jersey, who immigrated to this country 26 years ago, needed a translator at his press conference to express his joy.
New immigrants are told they don’t have to assimilate, that they shouldn’t. Not that they have to give up their culture, but suggesting they might want to embrace the culture and language of their new homeland is now a bridge too far. Perhaps that was a factor in why immigrants who’ve lived here for nearly all of the impressionable part of their lives would identify more with a land that is nothing more than a distant memory than the one that welcomed them.
So if progressives seek to assign responsibility for why the terrorist now burning in Hell and the other terrorist who should soon join him in those flames felt alienated from society, they need look no further than the nearest reflective surface.
Of course blame for any terrorist attack lies firmly with the perpetrators. But since liberal progressives seek to assign blame elsewhere, have no delusions that if there is any extra to go around it is firmly on their hands.