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Pete Buttigieg praised Bernie Sanders in prize-winning high school essay
Fox News ^ | February 10, 2020 | Brooke Singman

Posted on 02/10/2020 8:50:50 AM PST by maggief

High school Pete Buttigieg and 2020 Pete Buttigieg have a very different view of Bernie Sanders.

The surging presidential candidate has been openly critical of the Vermont senator on the campaign trail ever since the two finished neck-and-neck in last week's Iowa caucuses. But the former South Bend mayor once penned an award-winning essay that praised Sanders' character and politics -- back when he was in high school.

In 2000, then-high school senior Buttigieg won the John F. Kennedy “Profiles in Courage” essay contest with a piece touting Sanders’ then-bipartisan streak and his bravery for calling himself a “socialist,” despite it being an unpopular term.

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1 posted on 02/10/2020 8:50:50 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

A good red-diaper baby.

2 posted on 02/10/2020 8:51:55 AM PST by PGR88
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To: hoosiermama; Jane Long; LucyT; detective


Bernie Sanders
By Peter Buttigieg
St. Joseph’s High School
South Bend, Indiana

In this new century, there are a daunting number of important issues which are to be confronted if we are to progress as a nation. Each must be addressed thoroughly and energetically. But in order to accomplish the collective goals of our society, we must first address how we deal with issues. We must re-examine the psychological and political climate of American politics. As it stands, our future is at risk due to a troubling tendency towards cynicism among voters and elected officials. The successful resolution of every issue before us depends on the fundamental question of public integrity.

A new attitude has swept American politics. Candidates have discovered that is easier to be elected by not offending anyone rather than by impressing the voters. Politicians are rushing for the center, careful not to stick their necks out on issues. Most Democrats shy away from the word “liberal” like a horrid accusation. Republican presidential hopeful George W. Bush uses the centrist rhetoric of “compassionate conservatism” while Pat Buchanan, once considered a mainstream Republican, has been driven off the ideological edge of the G.O.P. Just as film producers shoot different endings and let test audiences select the most pleasing, some candidates run “test platforms” through sample groups to see which is most likely to win before they speak out on major issue. This disturbing trend reveals cynicism, a double-sided problem, which is perhaps, the greatest threat to the continued success of the American political system.

Cynical candidates have developed an ability to outgrow their convictions in order to win power. Cynical citizens have given up on the election process, going to the polls at one of the lowest rates in the democratic world. Such an atmosphere inevitably distances our society from its leadership and is thus a fundamental threat to the principles of democracy. It also calls into question what motivates a run for office – in many cases, apparently, only the desire to occupy it. Fortunately for the political process, there remain a number of committed individuals who are steadfast enough in their beliefs to run for office to benefit their fellow Americans. Such people are willing to eschew political and personal comfort and convenience because they believe they can make a difference. One outstanding and inspiring example of such integrity is the country’s only Independent Congressman, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders.

Sanders’ courage is evident in the first word he uses to describe himself: “Socialist”. In a country where Communism is still the dirtiest of ideological dirty words, in a climate where even liberalism is considered radical, and Socialism is immediately and perhaps willfully confused with Communism, a politician dares to call himself a socialist? He does indeed. Here is someone who has “looked into his own soul” and expressed an ideology, the endorsement of which, in today’s political atmosphere, is analogous to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Even though he has lived through a time in which an admitted socialist could not act in a film, let alone hold a Congressional seat, Sanders is not afraid to be candid about his political persuasion.

After numerous political defeats in his traditionally Republican state, Sanders won the office of mayor of Burlington by ten votes. A successful and popular mayor, he went on to win Vermont’s one Congressional seat in 1990. Since then, he has taken many courageous and politically risky stands on issues facing the nation. He has come under fire from various conservative religious groups because of his support for same-sex marriages. His stance on gun control led to NRA-organized media campaigns against him. Sanders has also shown creativity in organizing drug-shopping trips to Canada for senior citizens to call attention to inflated drug prices in the United States.

While impressive, Sanders’ candor does not itself represent political courage. The nation is teeming with outspoken radicals in one form or another. Most are sooner called crazy than courageous. It is the second half of Sanders’ political role that puts the first half into perspective: he is a powerful force for conciliation and bi-partisanship on Capitol Hill. In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy wrote that “we should not be too hasty in condemning all compromise as bad morals. For politics and legislation are not matters for inflexible principles or unattainable ideals.” It may seem strange that someone so steadfast in his principles has a reputation as a peacemaker between divided forces in Washington, but this is what makes Sanders truly remarkable. He represents President Kennedy’s ideal of “compromises of issues, not of principles.”

Sanders has used his unique position as the lone Independent Congressman to help Democrats and Republicans force hearings on the internal structure of the International Monetary Fund, which he sees as excessively powerful and unaccountable. He also succeeded in quietly persuading reluctant Republicans and President Clinton to ban the import of products made by under-age workers. Sanders drew some criticism from the far left when he chose to grudgingly endorse President Clinton’s bids for election and re-election as President. Sanders explained that while he disagreed with many of Clinton’s centrist policies, he felt that he was the best option for America’s working class.

Sanders’ positions on many difficult issues are commendable, but his real impact has been as a reaction to the cynical climate which threatens the effectiveness of the democratic system. His energy, candor, conviction, and ability to bring people together stand against the current of opportunism, moral compromise, and partisanship which runs rampant on the American political scene. He and few others like him have the power to restore principle and leadership in Congress and to win back the faith of a voting public weary and wary of political opportunism. Above all, I commend Bernie Sanders for giving me an answer to those who say American young people see politics as a cesspool of corruption, beyond redemption. I have heard that no sensible young person today would want to give his or her life to public service. I can personally assure you this is untrue.

3 posted on 02/10/2020 8:53:32 AM PST by maggief
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To: PGR88

Pete Buttigieg’s father was a Marxist professor who lauded the Communist Manifesto
April 02, 2019

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.

4 posted on 02/10/2020 8:55:48 AM PST by maggief
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To: PGR88

“A good red-diaper baby”.

A good red-depends wearing baby

5 posted on 02/10/2020 8:59:14 AM PST by setter
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To: PGR88

Mayor Butt has the Obama/Clowered Piven game plan down pat.

Look and sound smart and reasonable, not radical, all the while pushing a radical agenda. Media creation, empty suit, smooth talker.

6 posted on 02/10/2020 9:01:22 AM PST by TiGuy22
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To: PGR88

They are ALL Communists!!!

7 posted on 02/10/2020 9:02:35 AM PST by Don Corleone (The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth)
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“In 2000, then-high school senior Buttigieg won the John F. Kennedy “Profiles in Courage” essay contest with a piece touting Sanders’ then-bipartisan streak and his bravery for calling himself a “socialist,” despite it being an unpopular term.”

That’s an easy charge to deny. All he has to do is claim Ted Sorensen wrote it and put Buttgiggity’s name on it.

8 posted on 02/10/2020 9:06:15 AM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: maggief

The USA is a capitalist nation which generates wealth. Part of that wealth is used to finance the Socialist welfare state. Socialism destroys wealth. If the USA gets rid of Capitalism and institutes socialism there will only be wealth destruction and universal poverty...

9 posted on 02/10/2020 9:07:09 AM PST by Trumpet 1 (US Constitution is my guide.)
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To: maggief

Gramsci was the “long march through the institutions” guy who proposed subverting all anti-Communist institutions.

Butt-man’s agenda is destruction of all that is human.

10 posted on 02/10/2020 9:09:58 AM PST by cgbg (The Democratic Party is morphing into the Donner Party)
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To: Trumpet 1

Capitalism + globalism = socialism. We have to be careful. We need protective tariffs now to save what’s left.

11 posted on 02/10/2020 9:11:59 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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Once a POS, always a POS.

12 posted on 02/10/2020 9:12:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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In Marxist philosophy, cultural hegemony is the domination of a culturally diverse society by the ruling class who manipulate the culture of that society — the beliefs and explanations, perceptions, values, and mores — so that the imposed, ruling-class worldview becomes the accepted cultural norm;[1] the universally valid dominant ideology, which justifies the social, political, and economic status quo as natural and inevitable, perpetual and beneficial for every social class, rather than as artificial social constructs that benefit only the ruling class.[2] This Marxist analysis of how the ruling capitalist class (the bourgeoisie) establishes and maintains its control was originally developed by the Italian philosopher and politician Antonio Gramsci.

February 10, 2020
Buttigieg, the evasive chameleon
By Peter Skurkiss


Secondly, look at Pete Buttigieg’s father, Joseph. He was a Marxist professor at Notre Dame where he was on the faculty for 37 years, starting from 1980. Professor Buttigieg was a scholar on Italian communist Antonio Gramsci (1891 - 1937). He admired Gramsci so much that he was a founding member and one-time president of the International Gramsci Society.

Gramsci’s main original contribution to Marxism was that for communism to succeed, culture first had to be corrupted. This was to be done by subverting the institutions of a country from the inside out. Sadly, this has proven highly effective in the United States. Starting in earnest after WWII, communists and like-minded people went into government bureaucracies, universities, the media, and religious dominations and slowly started spread their left wing thinking throughout them. These infiltrators did not announce they were communists or were their fellow travelers. No, rather they hid that fact and hid it well.

As they advanced upward in these organizations, they made sure to hire their own kind and filter out others. One result of this process explains why so many college departments skew hard left. A conservative candidate had little chance of being brought in, especially if he or she held strong Christian beliefs. Ironically, many universities that were started by devout Christians now harbor centers of anti-Christianity bigotry within them. This is Gramsci writ large.

This brings us back to boy mayor. Given that he idolized his father, it is easy to assume that he absorbed Gramsci’s teachings at his daddy’s knee. Pete Buttigieg is a red diaper baby. Given his background and upbringing, he’s a natural at hiding his core beliefs to advance the cause. Of course, if the U.S. had an honest media, it would be child’s play to smoke out Buttigieg’s true beliefs and expose him for what he is. But we all know the term ‘honest media’ is oxymoron.

13 posted on 02/10/2020 9:17:41 AM PST by maggief
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Sanders is going to start running ads with a voiceover of that. It will be devastating to Buttgigger.

14 posted on 02/10/2020 9:23:50 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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Thanks, Maggief.

15 posted on 02/10/2020 9:25:05 AM PST by LucyT
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To: Buckeye McFrog

not if he highlights how much communists have historically hated homo’s

16 posted on 02/10/2020 9:25:18 AM PST by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual and political hemlock)
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To: maggief

Buttgigger is trying to present himself as some kind of centrist when he has always been as radical left as Sanders.

He is simply trying to emulate the Kenyan from Indonesia, lying his way into office.

17 posted on 02/10/2020 9:27:30 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizens Are Born Here of Citizen Parents_Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: maggief

Well, thank goodness he didn’t write about MLK Jr.

18 posted on 02/10/2020 9:28:21 AM PST by Leep (Everyday is Trump Day!)
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To: txnativegop

In Germany the homo’s were socialist. The girly homo’s were Commies and the butch homos were Nazis.

19 posted on 02/10/2020 9:39:06 AM PST by Trumpet 1 (US Constitution is my guide.)
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To: maggief

I don’t recall high school or college essays by Hussein Obama being released to the public. Is the press actually going to vet these marxists?


20 posted on 02/10/2020 9:50:10 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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