“The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand that slavery was a bad thing.”
South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg in 2011, disgracing himself and betraying the trust of the a group of students who trusted him to tell them the truth. Instead, he made them ignorant while encouraging disrespect and distrust of the Founders, an especially sinister component of the Democratic effort to undermine the Constitution and to “remake” America.
I reluctantly concluded that Buttigieg was, to be indelicate, an asshole almost exactly a month ago, after he returned the contributions of two lawyers who represented Justice Kavanaugh when Buttigieg’s party was attempting to destroy him using an unsubstantiated and conveniently recalled alleged episode when he was in high school. With Buttigieg, unlike, say, Joe Biden, I assume he is educated and intelligent, and thus I knew that this was dishonest grandstanding. Mayor Pete knows that lawyers do not personally endorse those they represent, even if much of the public does not. Worse, in justifying his actions, Buttigeig’s campaign declared that Justice Kavanaugh was guilty of sexual assault. I wrote,
Buttigieg rejects fairness, due process, logic and decency to declare a Supreme Court Justice with a history of impeccable professional and personal conduct guilty of a crime without evidence, and further impugns the lawyers who helped protect him from a vicious political attack, all to suck up to the worst elements of the Democratic base. This is signature significance. Pete Buttigieg is an asshole. Good to know.
It’s also good to know that my assessment in November was accurate, as this re-surfaced episode confirms, and that the mayor didn’t just recently become an asshole as he pursued the Presidency (an occupational hazard) but has been one all along.
Good to know.
Buttigieg’s statement about the authors of the Constitution isn’t just a dumb opinion or a mistake. It’s a lie. Again, Buttigieg is, as we are constantly reminded, well educated and intelligent. Thus, unlike the typical college graduate today, he knows that slavery was debated extensively at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. He knows that Gouvernor Morris, who gave a series of speeches there condemning slavery, was a major force in composing the final draft. He knows that James Madison acknowledged the moral strength of the anti-slavery position in correspondence where referred to slavery as a “dreadful calamity” in a letter to Frances Wright in 1825, saying,
“The magnitude of this evil among us is so deeply felt, and so universally acknowledged, that no merit could be greater than that of devising a satisfactory remedy for it.”
But he didn’t know slavery was a “bad thing.”
Buttigieg knew, and knows, that many signatories of the Constitution were participants in the debates over the text of the Declaration, in which Jefferson originally marked slavery as an abomination. One of them was Ben Franklin, who was one of the first abolitionists. Thus Buttigieg also knows that many of the delegates in the 1787 convention were expressly anti-slavery. He knows that Alexander Hamilton, who had a major hand in writing the Constitution, was a vocal public foe of slavery, and worked to abolish the international slave trade. He knows that the infamous 3/5 a citizen provision in the Constitution was injected to weaken the power of the slaveholding states, because the Founders knew well that the evil of slavery was going to be a continuing dispute.
Knowing all of this—and if he didn’t, Pete should have kept his mouth shut about what he didn’t know—Buttigieg engaged in gratuitous Founder-bashing while misinforming children and promoting disrespect of the men who all American owe gratitude and reverence.