Buttigieg should know these things — he majored in history and literature at Harvard. Yet the identity politics narrative simplifies the complex history of the Founders, painting them as evil rich old white oppressors. Perhaps Mayor Pete has allowed himself to get infected by a little too much "woke"ness.Buttigieg tells kids the writers of the Constitution didn’t realize slavery was bad
"Has anyone had enough of condescending moralist St. Pete Buttigieg, one of our more imperious Democrat candidates for president? Recently, he said Jesus would have likely been fine with abortion, late-term, whatever. He continuously claims he is the great Christian and appears to want to show the rest of us how to live as Christians. What he is preaching is not anything I learned in catechism classes.
"St. Pete told school kids in a video today that “the people who wrote the Constitution did not understand that slavery was a bad thing.” Aside from his condescending attitude towards the great men who wrote our Constitution and fought for freedom at great cost, Buttigieg didn’t even bother to learn a little about how the Founding Fathers felt about slavery." . . .
Ted Cruz Demolishes Mayor Pete's Malicious Lie About the Founders and Slavery
. . . "Ted Cruz rebuked Buttigieg by posting a string of direct quotes from the Founders.
"Slavery is an evil of Colossal magnitude & I am utterly averse to the admission of slavery into the Missouri Territories. It being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted by which slavery in this country may be abolished by law," Cruz quoted from John Adams, a Founding Father and the second president.
" Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature," he quoted from Benjamin Franklin, who was a member of an abolitionist society. "Neither my tongue, nor my pen, nor purse shall be wanting to promote the abolition of what to me appears so inconsistent with humanity and Christianity."
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" 'Who talks most about freedom and equality? Is it not those who hold a bill of Rights in one hand and a whip for affrighted slaves in the other?" Cruz quoted from Alexander Hamilton, an abolitionist and the first secretary of the Treasury.
" 'It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished," John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, wrote. "The honor of the States as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. ... To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused. ' "