• Whoa! An Outburst of Reasonableness from a Dem Presidential Candidate

    While not a single Democratic presidential candidate ought to come within spittin’ distance of the White House – anytime in the foreseeable future, at least; and probably never – evidence periodically turns up confirming they’re not all as equally harebrained as the rest of the Leftist field.

    “Democratic presidential candidate and former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.),” for instance, who

    told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that unlike his fellow Democratic presidential contenders, …“I wouldn’t decriminalize border crossings, but I would make it illegal to separate children from their families.” [Melanie Arter /CNS News]

    Zoinks! There’s actually a whiff of reasonableness in that man’s declaration!

    Recall, this is the same politician who recently admitted on the debate stage he thought any national health care plan ought to stipulate Americans who want to keep their current policy shouldn’t be strong-armed by Uncle Sam into surrendering it. And isn’t that magnanimous of him!

    When asked whether he would change the Flores Agreement’s terms regarding limitation on the amount of time children can be held, Delaney, broadly and perhaps unintentionally aligning his policy prescriptions with those of the current Republican president, answered,

    “I don’t want children to be detained long at all. I want to go the other way. We have to treat people who cross our borders with a measure of dignity. Right? It has to be reflective of our values.”

    Regrettably, from that juncture onward things quickly went – pardon the pun — south for the former Maryland Congressman:

    “My wife and I, we were down at the border at the beginning of the year,” he said. … [W]hat we’re doing, we’re helping asylum seekers make their case. … [W]hen you listen to the stories from these people, you realize that everyone is leaving for the right reason.”

    Really? Everyone? Every Central American refugee? No gaming of the system by those crossing into our territory? No fraud? That’s rather remarkable. Why bother with any Immigration and Naturalization Service at all?

    Delaney continued:

    [U]nless we do things to rebuild civil society in the three Central American countries, we’re going to continue to have this refugee crisis.”

    “So, I’ve called for something called Plan Central America, which is very similar to something called Plan Colombia that we did a few decades ago where we actually get all the relevant countries around the table, NGOs that can operate in these countries, and we fix the problem.”

    Hold your horses! I thought Progressives comprehensively sneered at the “nation-building” proposition? That George W. Bush’s Iraq and Afghanistan adventuring decisively and forever repudiated that kind of endeavor. Yet here Democratic presidential hopeful John Delaney wants America to “rebuild civil society” in nearby foreign nations.

    Hey, I only acknowledged the guy was slightly less reality-challenged than Bernie and Kamala and Elizabeth Warren and Beto, et al. I never implied he has the stuff to steer the nation from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    But when you discover a little-less-crazy among the other crazy options? A pat on the back isn’t automatically out of line.

    Image: Adapted from: Marc Nozell from Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA – John Delaney, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76019418

    Video: https://cdn.mrctv.org/videos/28185/28185-480p.mp4

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