Draim Eviscerates Buttigieg’s Argument To Remove Thomas Jefferson’s Name From ‘Items’
"The ideals of liberty and freedom that Jefferson represented have spawned similar movements in countries around the world"
Democrat Presidential contender Pete Buttigieg believes that erasing the name of Thomas Jefferson from “things” is the “right thing to do.” It has been the latest leftist fad to remove monuments and names of historical people that were not always “politically correct.” Last week, Buttigieg discussed the Indiana Democratic Party’s decision to change the name of the traditional Jefferson-Jackson Dinner during a radio interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
Buttigieg says events shouldn’t be named after him.
“I think it’s the right thing to do,” said Buttigieg, who added: “There’s a lot, of course, to admire in his [Jefferson’s] thinking and his philosophy, but then again if you plunge into his writings, especially the notes on the state of Virginia, you know that he knew slavery was wrong.”
“Over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor … Jefferson is more problematic,” Buttigieg said of the 3rd President of the United States.
Political activist Evan Draim gave “Mayor Pete” a major rebuttal. I want to share it with you.
Our nation has benefited immensely from the legacy of Thomas Jefferson, and we still have much more to learn from his example. It is extremely disappointing (and, in my opinion, disqualifying for any elected office) that Pete Buttigieg fails to respect our founding fathers and denigrates men like Jefferson.
Since it is evident that Buttigieg has not done sufficient research on our third president, allow me to educate him:
FIRST, Thomas Jefferson was the architect of religious freedom in America and the separation of church and state. He drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom which served as the forerunner of the first amendment protections for religious freedom guaranteed in our Constitution. Jefferson famously said that “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion” whether they be Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or none of the above.
Jefferson’s opinions on religious freedom were well ahead of his time but shaped the course of our nation for centuries to come. He maintained these convictions even when the United States was at war with the Barbary pirates during his presidency (note: no Muslim ban).
SECOND, Jefferson’s most famous legacy – the Declaration of Independence – served as the intellectual impetus behind much of the civil rights movement in the 20th century. Martin Luther King Jr. was among Jefferson’s greatest admirers, frequently citing to the Declaration of Independence in his speeches and crusade for equality:
”If our nation had done nothing more in its whole history than to create just two documents, its contribution to civilization would be imperishable. The first of these documents is the Declaration of Independence [which] proclaimed to a world, organized politically and spiritually around the concept of the inequality of man, that the dignity of human personality was inherent in man as a living being.”
FINALLY, his legacy is not just confined to the United States. The ideals of liberty and freedom that Jefferson represented have spawned similar movements in countries around the world – most notably France. Jefferson was central to the French Revolution in 1789. His Paris residence (while being the American representative to France) was used for meetings by revolutionaries. Lafayette consulted him while drafting the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, incorporating many elements from our Declaration of Independence.
Like every person who ever lived, Jefferson was a creature of his times. Aside from Jesus Christ, no perfect human has ever walked the earth, and Jefferson was not an exception to that rule. Jefferson’s most notable flaw was the fact that he owned slaves; however, that fact is more than outweighed by the fact that his legacy resulted in the creation of this exceptional nation and inspired movements championing freedom and equality around the world.
Pete Buttigieg already did not have enough experience to be president. But, if he cannot put historical figures into context and appreciate the positive legacy of the founding fathers which came before him, then he has no business being within 100 miles of ANY elected office.
(I became a social media friend with Evan when he was the youngest RNC delegate in 2012. I have watched him grow up, graduate from Harvard, and accomplish amazing things along the way. Evan may kill me, but I would be amiss to not share this video of Evan at 17. I knew then that the young man had something special and that he had great things ahead of him. I was not disappointed. Love ya buddy! So very proud of you! – Scott)