By Jon Dougherty
While most Democratic voters are used to political candidates who are walking, talking metaphors for hypocrisy, I’d be willing to bet that a majority of Americans don’t like preening, self-aggrandizing blowhards who think the only way to live life isÂ their way — and if you don’t, then you’re some sort of caveman (cave person?) throwback who ought to be locked up in a cage.
So pardon me while I take massive offense to the lecturing and moralizing of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of the many 2020 Democratic presidential contenders who have decided their best bet to compete against Joe Biden, who is taking all of the oxygen out of the party’s shrinking tent, is to to attack America, American values, and American traditions.
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It’s not like we get enough of this from Marxist Democrats in on off-election years; now that the 2020 presidential contest is in full bloom, it’s like it has become a requirement — dare I say a ‘litmus test?’ — for Dem candidates to see who can degrade America the most.
It’s like their mantra is the opposite of POTUS Donald Trump’s constant reminders about how great American was, how great it can and will be again, and how America is the greatest beacon of prosperity, freedom, and liberty (or used to be) on the planet.
If Trump says America is great, Democrats say ‘America sucks.’ If Trump says America is the land of opportunity, Dems say it’s the ‘land of inequality.’ If Trump says America is a bastion of liberty and freedom, Dems counter by dredging up 160-year-old history as though slavery still exists, Jim Crow laws were never repealed, the civil rights movement never happened, and women still can’t vote.
While all Democrats hold those views, for some reason Buttigieg’s trashing of America and our values particularly stings. This week on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Buttigieg trashed Thomas Jefferson, a founding father, because virtue-signaling against slavery, an institution long-since vanquished (by force of arms, no less, in a conflict in which 700,000 Americans perished) is more important than remembering our history:
HEWITT: Letâ€™s go to policy now. A very blunt question because you talk about going to every Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Indiana when you were running statewide. Should Jefferson-Jackson dinners be renamed everywhere because both were holders of slaves?
BUTTIGIEG: Yeah, weâ€™re doing that in Indiana. I think itâ€™s the right thing to do. You know, over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor. And I think we know enough, especially Jackson, you know, you just look at what basically amounts to genocide that happened here. Jeffersonâ€™s more problematic. You know, thereâ€™s a lot to, of course, admire in his thinking and his philosophy. Then again, as you plunge into his writings, especially the notes on the state of Virginia, you know that he knew that slavery was wrong….Â
And yet, he did. Now, we are all morally conflicted human beings. Itâ€™s not like weâ€™re blotting him our of the history books or deleting him from being the founding fathers. But, naming something after somebody confers a certain amount of honor.Â The real reason I think there is a lot of pressure on this is the relationship between the past and present that weâ€™re finding in a million different ways that racism isnâ€™t some curiosity out of the past that weâ€™re embarrassed about but moved on from. Itâ€™s alive, itâ€™s well, itâ€™s hurting people and itâ€™s one of the main reasons to be in politics today is to try to change or reverse the harms that went along with that. We better find ways to live out and honor that principle.
First of all, let’s be clear: Buttigieg and the rest of the Marxist Democratic Party would love nothing more than to ‘blot’ Jefferson — and George Washington, James Madison, Ben Franklin, John Adams, et al — out of the history books. Because they represent something far greater than Democrats themselves: For whatever “flaws” we, today, consider they hadÂ back then, they founded the greatest incubator or innovation, liberty, democracy, and freedom the world has ever known.
And that country,Â despite the best efforts by Buttigieg and others, still endures to this day. The simple act of renaming events, taking down statues, and removing the founders’ from the public square is an act of blotting them out of our history; so how can this guy sit there and say, in essence, “Hey, we don’t wanna take Jefferson and the founders out of our history or anything like that, we just want to eliminate their names from as much as possible” — with a straight face?
So we can’t ever get past the fact that our founders, some of them anyway, were involved in an institution that, for the time, was considered acceptable by a majority of people, horrific though it appears in hindsight today? SoÂ nothing else they did in founding America was legitimate? Everything our country stands for must be — what? Destroyed? A redo? A do-over? And what would thisÂ new America be like? How would be be governed? What, pray tell Mayor Pete, would you and your Democrats change? If you’re going to bitch about America as founded, then at least be honest about what you’d like to turn America intoÂ now. And run on it.
There’s more. Buttigieg, who once swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution — all of it, without exception — has a real problem with Christianity.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed Friday that Christianity had its own extremist factions of faith similar to that of radical Islam in the Middle East.
Asked about the differences between Shia extremism followed in Iran versus Sunni extremism, the 2020 presidential candidate immediately compared radical Islam to Christianity.
â€œWell, you know, not unlike Christianity when it is motivating someone to do something extreme. It can have a thousand different flavors,â€ he said. â€œThe real question is whatâ€™s going on with the regime, the government, thatâ€™s given the power and the apparatus of the state and intelligence service and a military, and what do they do with their ideology?â€
Buttigieg commented on Christianity and Islam during anÂ interviewÂ with radio host Hugh Hewitt.
The South Bend mayor also compared the radical Iran regime to President Donald Trumpâ€™s administration, insofar as whether they were representative of the entire population.
â€œYou know, Iran, the Iranian regime does not speak for all of the Iranian people as a unit any more than, you know, you could say that there are no moderate politicians in the U.S., and weâ€™re all secretly enthusiastic Trump supporters,â€ he said. â€œIt just doesnâ€™t work that way.â€
These comments, flat out, are outrageous, and very likely aimed at nothing more than inflaming the Democratic base — as if those lunatics needed any moreÂ inflaming.
If you’re sick and tired of hearing Democrats repeat the lie that “Christianity isÂ just as bad as Islam,” join the club. I can’t think of a single act of terrorism since 9/11 involvingÂ Christian fundamentalists. Meanwhile, there have literally been thousands of them committed by Islamic extremists. Millions of people –Â millions — have been killed over the past two decades alone because of radical Islamic fundamentalism.
Not Christian fundamentalism. Islamic fundamentalism. Yet, here’s “Mayor Pete” taking shots at Christians because the Christian faith isn’t keen on homosexuality. Well, guess what, Mayor? Neither is Islam. The difference is, Christians aren’t slaughtering homosexuals via decapitation, burning, and tossing them off of buildings like radical Islamists are.
Truth bomb, Pete: Christians may not condone homosexuality, but they don’t condone violence against it, either.Â And here’s another truth bomb: As president, you would be expected to uphold and defend the same Constitution we all live under. That includes the First Amendment’s “freedom of religion” protections, like them or not.
Comparing the Trump presidency to the Iranian regime is equally outrageous and is, of course, meant to insinuate that the Trumpster is some authoritarian thug who flouts the law and persecutes his enemies.
What Hewitt should have done is pressed this punk with one simple question: “Can you give me an example — justÂ one truthful, documented, honest example — of President Trump’s authoritarianism? I don’t want to hear Democrat talking points or anything repeated by an MSNBC or CNN host.”
Meanwhile, there are a plethora of examples of how the Iranian regime has brutalized and terrorized its own political opponents. Oh, and by the way, Pete, Barack Obama sure as hell didn’t represent the political views of all Americans, either. But what president has?
To any impartial observer, it’s pretty obvious Buttigieg’s version of ‘morality’ doesn’t align with the vast majority of Americans. So he can stop lecturing us any time now.
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