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Mayor Buttigieg and the Dred Scott Democrats
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg is out of the closet — as leader of the Dred Scott Democrats.

Recall the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision, handed down by the then-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court — the staunch Democrat Roger Taney, bold print for emphasis supplied:

We think […] that [black people] are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word “citizens” in the Constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to citizens of the United States. On the contrary, they were at that time [of the Constitution’s framing] considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings who had been subjugated by the dominant race, and, whether emancipated or not, yet remained subject to their authority, and had no rights or privileges but such as those who held the power and the Government might choose to grant them.
Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. at 404–05.

In other words, Taney in one of the most infamous decisions in the history of the Supreme Court flatly stated the view of his fellow Democrats of the day: blacks were “a subordinate and inferior class of beings” — which is to say they were not human beings. Period.

Recall as well that this view was the underpinning of the Democratic Party’s support for slavery from its creation in 1800 until slavery was outlawed in the 13th amendment to the Constitution after the Civil War in 1865. An amendment that was fanatically opposed by the Democrats.

The Dred Scott decision comes to mind as this story makes news. The headline:

NPR style boss instructs staff on abortion terminology: ‘Babies are not babies until they are born’

The story said this, in part:

NPR supervising senior standards and practices editor Mark Memmott published a “guidance reminder” last week about how the media organization should discuss abortion news on the heels of a new law in Georgia and legislation in Alabama.

“The term ‘unborn’ implies that there is a baby inside a pregnant woman, not a fetus. Babies are not babies until they are born. They’re fetuses. Incorrectly calling a fetus a ‘baby’ or ‘the unborn’ is part of the strategy used by antiabortion groups to shift language/legality/public opinion,” Memmott wrote, crediting NPR colleague Joe Neel for the tidbit.

And of course, there was this from Mayor Buttigieg:

I think the dialogue has got so caught up on where you draw the line that we’ve gotten away from the fundamental question of who gets to draw the line. And I trust women to draw the line.

So said Democratic presidential aspirant Buttigieg in a Fox townhall when asked for his views on abortion. Making it clear that it was fine with him for a woman to have an abortion right up to delivery time. Buttigieg stopped just shy of Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam’s infamous statement that said this:

If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.

Which is to say, Northam was giving a green light to infanticide, which the dictionary defines as “the killing of an infant.”

And don’t forget Michigan Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, she who is a staunch supporter of the Palestinian Authority — the very same Palestinian Authority whose television outlet showcased Sheikh Osama Al-Tibi preaching that — you guessed it — Jews are not human beings but “sons of apes and pigs.”

At this point the pattern is quite evident: the Democratic Party has a stark history of appointing itself the judge of who is — and who is not — really a human being. Once it was blacks, now it’s babies and, yes, there are those on the Left who dally with the likes of the Palestinian Authority, which televises an Imam insisting that, yes indeed, Jews are not human beings but rather the descendants of “apes and pigs.”

The question now, incredible as it may seem, is a basic one. In staking a claim as the Dred Scott Democrats, a party that holds unto itself the right to decide who is and who is not a human being — is this a political asset — or a liability?

The answer here is that this is a distinct liability. The idea that the Democrats have decided to openly campaign as the Dred Scott Democrats or the Party of Death that gets to decide who is and who is not a human being is an issue made to order for President Trump. One example?

Unafraid to campaign for African-American support, Trump has the opportunity to remind of both the party’s still un-apologized-for support of slavery and now its rigid support of abortion — which, notably has made news with headlines like this one from CNS News in 2014:

NYC: More Black Babies Killed by Abortion Than Born

The story begins:

(– In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Another story over at PJ Media headlines this:

Ohio Dem. Targets Black Children for Abortion in Amendment to Heartbeat Bill

On Tuesday, a Democrat in the Ohio House of Representatives tried to remove protections for black babies in the heartbeat bill currently before the legislature. She argued that allowing black mothers to kill their unborn babies even if their babies have a detectible heartbeat would help America move beyond the dehumanizing legacy of slavery. This argument is painfully ironic, since by making it, the Democrat dehumanized the black babies in the womb — on the basis of race.

One has to ask if a party that targets one of its previously solid constituencies with the message that it wants to literally kill their babies, even wants to win in 2020.

This clearly does not concern the Dred Scott Democrats like Mayor Buttigieg. He and his fellow Democrats running for president are now almost daily reminding voters that Leftist elites — and only Leftist elites — will decide just who in America and the larger world beyond is — and is not — a human being. And therefore is a target.

One would think that of all people, the gay Mayor Buttigieg — who is presumably smart enough to know that there are countries in this world where human beings are executed for simply being gay — would understand the danger inherent in all this.

Clearly, neither Mayor Buttigieg nor his fellow Dred Scott Democrats get it.

Or worse, they simply don’t care.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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