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Chip Off the Ol' Eastern Bloc: Pete Buttigieg's Dad Was a Marxist

Chip Off the Ol' Eastern Bloc: Pete Buttigieg's Dad Was a Marxist
Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks with an AP reporter at Farmers Market in South Bend, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

I was baffled last week by Pete Buttigieg’s definition of “freedom,” which was eloquently stated, rousingly received, and 100% incorrect. To him, any adversity you face in life makes you less “free.” To him, being “free” means the government taking care of you from cradle to grave. As a fellow Hoosier, I was taken aback by how much Mayor Pete sounds like a damn communist.

Turns out there’s a very good reason for that! Emily Larsen and Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner:

The father of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was a Marxist professor who spoke fondly of the Communist Manifesto and dedicated a significant portion of his academic career to the work of Italian Communist Party founder Antonio Gramsci, an associate of Vladimir Lenin.

Joseph Buttigieg, who died in January at the age of 71, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s from Malta and in 1980 joined the University of Notre Dame faculty, where he taught modern European literature and literary theory. He supported an updated version of Marxism that jettisoned some of Marx and Engel’s more doctrinaire theories, though he was undoubtedly Marxist.

People keep calling Beto “the white Obama,” but Pete is the one with a commie college-prof dad.

So that explains why Buttigieg’s definition of “freedom” is the opposite of the one our founding fathers used. He grew up learning about a very different group of dead white guys.

I suppose it’s a moot point, since Buttigieg has very little chance at the Dem nomination. But if he wants to be taken seriously as a candidate, that means people are going to take a serious look at his background. And if he doesn’t want to be labeled a Marxist like his pop, he should stop saying stuff like this:

Sounds like a chip off the ol’ Eastern Bloc to me. He’s basically a younger, more polished version of Bernie Sanders. That’s what the kids are into these days, right?

I assume whoever the Dems nominate will get steamrolled on Election Day, so let them say whatever they want. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs… and they need to feel hope.

P.S. Everything you just read is homophobic, because Buttigieg is gay and we’re not allowed to criticize him. I apologize for my hate speech, and I promise it won’t happen again today, probably.