Tens of thousands of people in Texas have been displaced after their homes were flooded in the devastation left by Tropical Storm Harvey. Historic flooding put Houston under water, with parts of Texas doused in more than 50 inches of rain.
The crisis has given us amazing stories of people coming together to help Texans, but not all of the reports have been inspiring. In one horrifying example, thieves reportedly burglarized a house to steal from a 90-year-old woman who drowned in the flood, according to ABC13. On this week’s episode of “The Rabbi Daniel Lapin Show,” Rabbi Daniel Lapin contrasted a blackout in 1965 to later disasters where looting was a problem.
“What I want to do is mention the horror I share with all of you in recognizing that Harvey highlighted the best and the worst in America,” Rabbi Lapin explained in this week’s show. “It highlighted those who dropped what they were doing and went to Houston to help. … Then there’s another part of America: the looters.”
In 1965, 30 million people were thrown into darkness when there was a huge power outage in the Northeast; however, looting was not a problem. Twelve years later, New York City went dark again – and this time, looters reportedly ransacked around 1,600 stores.
What happened in 12 years to change people’s mindsets about looting? Rabbi Lapin asserted that the rise of the welfare state shifted people’s trust from God to government and degraded society’s perception of right and wrong.
“It’s very simple, very sad and very horrifying,” Rabbi Lapin said.
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