I hope Mike Pence's children have never been left solely in his care. After touring two Border Patrol facilities recently, he assured the press that personnel there were "providing care that every American would be proud of." Really? Have you met any of those proud Americans? I haven't. Have you seen any of the relatively few photos taken inside those facilities? I have.
But what can we expect of a government that thinks a "mylar emergency blanket" (one per inmate) is sufficient bedding in a pinch for man, woman or child on a cold concrete floor in a windowless cage? Imagine yourself there after a days-long trek through unpredictable peril. Imagine that windowless enclosure, the always-on glare of overhead lights, the grit on your unwashed body, the stench of others, the hunger, the fear, the uncertainty. Imagine not knowing where your children are.
Granted, some facilities are more humane than others, but if the conditions are as rosy as Pence claims, why have legislators not been allowed inside any facility they choose at any time they choose? And when they do go inside, why are cell phones banned?
Now, we have many voices. Here are some unmistakeable messages from a recent demonstration in Oceanside, California.
Thoughts for Our Time
“Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.”