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Pete Buttigieg Needs to Stop Being a Butthead

Pete Buttigieg really needs to knock it off. He has decided to go after Vice President Mike Pence and create a “feud” where none really exists. In a recent interview, he has to reach all the way back to Pence’s position on “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the U.S. military to make his point. That position was taken in 1993 and was certainly not a fringe view at the time.

And whatever Pete. The Indiana Religious Freedom and Restoration Act was not fundamentally different the federal law with the same name that was sponsored by Chuck Schumer and passed with Democrat support. But keep digging son.

What Mayor Pete is actually asking Mike Pence to do is prove a negative. Which is stupid. And a fair share of the political right has taken a relatively Libertarian view of marriage at this point because it is the only path to protect religious institutions from the government boot. I also hear no one, and I mean no one, calling for systemic or institutional discrimination by any level of government against homosexuals or any other identity group.

Here is the bottom line. No one, including the Vice President, needs to take an affirmative position on anything unless they want to. He has been nothing but complimentary of Mayor Pete in his public comments. He has also has not taken an affirmative position on any policy that would actually limit the rights of homosexuals since his evolution on the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy regarding the military. Twenty-five years ago.

Part of respecting everyone’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is to understand the role of the state is to step in when one citizen impairs the rights as defined in the Constitution of another citizen. The way we as a society define how this line is crossed has changed and evolved over time to give more rights to more people than in any country or civilization before us.

It does not require the I, the Vice President, or anyone else to endorse, applaud or celebrate the way another person or group of people pursue those goals. Perhaps in a society based on fundamental freedoms indifference is a legitimate goal. Seriously, you do you. Just don’t ask me to join your party or pay for the negative consequences of your decisions. That is the price of freedom.

Mayor Pete really needs to stop shadow boxing with the Vice President. It is a one-sided quarrel and not a good look for a guy who is supposed to have “centrist appeal”. The CNN chyron should be corrected to say “Pete Buttigieg Attempts To Escalate His Feud With VP Mike Pence”. It would be far more accurate.

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