On MSNBC’s The Sunday Show, DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended comments he made earlier this month about how the infrastructure bill could be used to address racism.
Here are some of Buttigieg’s original comments in question, made at a White House press briefing on November 8: “If a highway was built to divide a White and a Black neighborhood that reflects racism that went into those design choices.”
On Sunday, the federal transportation secretary clarified, “the point is not to make America feel guilty. The point is to make America better and more equitable and more effective in moving people to where they need to go.”
The entire row over a Democratic official’s latest race-baiting remark is one most libertarians would find interesting. Libertarians believe in limited government (which Americans believe in or have purported to since before the constitution officially chartered this nation).
President Ronald Reagan once said, “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”
One of the most common objections to limited government, libertarian conservatism, made by big government welfare statistics, socialists, and Leftists of all stripes is:
Without the government, who would build the roads?
That’s a question to which the most proper response is something like: So you’re saying I can’t be free because you can’t figure out how to pour asphalt on dirt without running every aspect of our lives under a socialist police state?
But Buttigieg’s infrastructure bill remarks highlight another issue with this trope of the Left: It could also be worded something like: Without government, which would make the roads racist?
See, the answer to racism is less government, not more government.
When the government built all those interstate highways back in the 1950s, many state and local politicians and national ones (like you, Robert Byrd) were racists. You abused their positions of power to oppress racial minorities.
Back then, in a room full of people anywhere in the country, probably most of them were racist. Seventy years later, in a room full of people anywhere in the country, probably most of them are not racist.
But that doesn’t mean this generation’s faults won’t be made worse by the heavy-handed interference of the government, just like the government made racism worse in the 1950s.
The free market and capitalism conquered racism in America in the 20th Century because the profit motive is enlightening and pro-social. Racism is bad for business, and wearing out the race card is too.