That's how Tucker Carlson sees homelessness in America right now. It's hard to disagree with him. Here's part of the conclusion from the transcript of his opening segment last night.
It's not complicated at all. It couldn't be simpler. Politicians are making it much easier to be a homeless drug addict in the United States, and much harder to be a law-abiding member of the middle class. What's the effect? Well, let's see. The middle class is dying, and we now have record numbers of drug-addicted vagrants.
What does that tell you? It tells you that incentives work. If you destroy the nuclear family, which they have; if you decriminalize drugs, which they have; if you hand out tents and needles to addicts, what do you think's going to happen? You're going to get more addicts living in tents.
Again, it's not complicated. This is not a vexing public policy question that requires the Brookings Institution to investigate. It's not like fixing Social Security.
And the solution is as simple as the problem. Here's a solution: Stop putting up with it. Say no. No, you can't smoke meth in the park. You're not allowed to crap on the sidewalk. Pull up your pants and get the hell out of here. Go somewhere with lower standards. Head for a place where politicians don't care about their people because we do care. And that's why we're hauling your tent to a landfill and cutting off your checks today. You are a drug addict. Get a job or leave. This is our city. You are not allowed to wreck it. You didn't build it.
Now, that’s not hard. That works. We know it works because that's how societies function for about 2,000 years. If you're an unmarried man with no job, you were not allowed to destroy things. It wasn't your right.
By the way, this is how successful families still operate to this day in the privacy of their own homes when the NGOs aren't watching. Parents reward good behavior, and they do not tolerate bad behavior. Why? Because if you let your kids smoke weed at the breakfast table, they will. So you don't let them. So why not apply the same standard to the drug addicts at Penn Station? Because what we're doing now isn’t compassionate. It's an attack on civilization.
There's more at the link. I highly recommend reading the whole thing, or watching the segment in the embedded video below. If it's taken down from YouTube, you'll find another copy at the link above.
Part of me would love to see Tucker Carlson run for elected office, but he probably has more sense than to do that. He's seen how independent voices are treated by the establishment on both the left and the right of US politics - and his strong views and logical, rational reasoning through our problems outrages both sides. Can you imagine what he might get up to as a Senator, even a President? Sadly, that'll probably never happen. At least his strong voice hasn't been removed from the public arena - yet. Let's treasure it, and him, while we may.