• Con Job: Don’t Fall For Radical ‘Mayor Pete’ ‘s Everyman Pose

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    Surge Summary: Department of Transportation Head Pete Buttigieg — “Mayor Pete” — sells a “nice guy” persona — but that doesn’t in any way lessen the dangerous radicalness of his Leftist policies. 

    It feels like Pete Buttigieg is turning up in the news-cycle just a tad more than you’d expect from a U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Let’s admit it, his agency? Not, ordinarily speaking, a go-to source for mesmerizing headlines. But earlier this month the former South Bend, Indiana mayor earned some attention by openly musing on the usefulness of a national mileage tax. Since then, he’s been making the rounds as point man for President Biden’s gargantuan — $2.25 trillion — “infrastructure” spending bill. In an April 22nd CNN  interview, Buttigieg rah-rahed America’s primacy in a two-day virtual climate summit being attended by 40 other world leaders, lauding Joe Biden’s “big, bold, but achievable commitment” on greenhouse gas emissions. “It’s natural for America to be leading the way,” he reflected.

    Not bad for the previously little-known “hizzoner” of a mere mid-sized American city…

    It seems, however, a few overeager critics dropped a bum rap on Buttigieg earlier this month. They gigglingly claimed the thirty-nine-year-old Biden-appointee had fabricated an April 1st bike ride to a White House cabinet meeting in order to burnish his climate change-warrior credentials. Apparently, that accusation is baseless.

    “A video showing Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg departing the White House on a bike was misrepresented by conservative commentators online,” charges Factcheck.org, “with some claiming he ‘staged’ the ride. There’s no evidence for that claim, and the Department of Transportation said he traveled from the department to the White House — a three-mile trip — and back on bike.”

    At least one detractor removed the putative “gotcha” video after more information came to light.

    We ought to absorb it as another reminder to take extra care double-checking details before pointing a finger at ideological rivals. Gung-ho as some pundits may be to mock Democrats and leftists — and, no denying, there’s lots that’s mockable hailing from those precincts nowadays — it’s not okay to gibe them for stuff they haven’t done. (Pssst: It doesn’t help conservatives’ credibility either.)

    That said, it oughtn’t surprise anyone who’s paying attention that “Mayor Pete” — also an erstwhile 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate — is capable of faking a thing or two. He’s indulged full-display fakery on more than one occasion.

    Buttigieg’s most glaring example is the delusive theatrics of his counterfeit “marriage” to another dude. Sorry, but someone has to say it. Even Donald Trump buckled on this matter. Two years ago, as Fox News’ Steve Hilton was gushing over the wonderfulness of “a guy there on the [primary] stage with his husband,” our normally iconoclastic, no-holds-barred then-president allowed, “I think it’s absolutely fine, I do. … [I]t’s great. … [T]hat’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with, I have no problem with it whatsoever.”

    It’s great. No problem whatsoever.

    Tony Perkins, Robert Jeffress, Mike Huckabee … call your office.

    Buttigieg publicly poses with Chasten Buttigieg (his make-believe spouse), regularly representing him as his “husband”, even though matrimony has been, by definition and from time immemorial, a man-woman proposition. This disfiguring male-plus-male, woman-plus-woman concoction is an arrangement of extraordinarily recent vintage.

    “Same-sex marriage”? At best, it’s ersatz marriage, and our latest Secretary of Transportation is taking a run at gaslighting anybody who dares acknowledge that obvious, settled reality. Growingly, he’s succeeding.

    Then there’s Pete Buttigieg’s whole moderate/reasonable-Democrat persona which is … you guessed it: fake. The man is an enthusiastic progressive; a to-the-bone leftist spear-carrier. All day long.

    But his buttoned-down style! The boyish haircut and folksy, aw-shucks demeanor! His chipper Mid-Westerner shtick! And he served in the military, by the way! 

    If Buttigieg’s boss is packaged as the harmless but lovable “Uncle Joe”, then I suppose the DOT head plays the role of everyone’s fair-haired “cousin”; well-liked by all and ever-welcomed at every family gathering; certainly, never a threat.

    Yet, turns out Pete Buttigieg is committed hammer-and-tongs to advancing an agenda which would gut America’s Constitution, eviscerate the Judeo-Christian ideals which paved the way for the nation’s prosperity, throttle freedom, hobble the economy, etc., etc., etc.

    Consider his very discoverable record: Buttigieg’s a big-spending statist; a hard-core renewable-energy fundamentalist. If permitted, he’ll greenlight tax-payer monies for any and every “woke” cause.

    He’s unapologetically pro-abortion, pro-$15 minimum wage, pro-free college, pro-D.C. and -Puerto Rican statehood. He’s anti-death penalty, anti-electoral college, anti-voter I.D.

    DACA? Yes.

    Packing the Supreme Court? Uh-huh.

    Campaign finance reform? Sho ‘nuf.

    Medicare “for all who want it”? Yup.

    Spare a gander at Buttigieg’s actual positions. You’ll find he’s a walking, progressive cliché, ticking all the appropriate — and appallingly deep-blue — boxes. Ideologically, he’s cookie-cutter Lefty … except he lacquers it all with polite, swell-guy camouflage.

    Whether it’s fella-next-door Buttigieg or the likes of sloganeering Marxist Ocasio-Cortez who is promoting lethal policies and a ruinous worldview … the woebegone end result will be the same for the U.S. Republic. And it ain’t anything to look forward to.

    Then there’s the blasphemy piece. The Transport Sec adds a tincture of it to his affable everyman-cum-government official routine when he deviously taps the Bible to legitimize the tenets of secular leftism. It’s arguable no other high-profile member of the contemporary Donkey Party cites Scripture as frequently as “Mayor Pete” — confidently, matter-of-factly, smilingly. He unapologetically announces himself a follower of Jesus, while verbally and behaviorally repudiating the very wisdom the Savior came to bring us — all conveniently in service of sanitizing his lifestyle and advancing his career prospects. As John Stonestreet has written (quoting Ross Douthat), “Buttigieg doesn’t appear to ‘support any policy that deviates from the progressive catechism.’ “

    So, Holy Writ obligates us to, at least, remain neutral about, if not to affirmatively endorse, the legalized killing of the very unborn children celebrated in Psalm 139? It requires we say grace over sodomy masquerading as wedlock, never mind Jesus’ forthright words in Matthew 19? Democratic economic policy is the way to go because it pays lip service to helping the needy – though substantially dismissing the rest of Old and New Testament moral instruction?

    Who knew?

    Practically speaking, while the Bernie Sanders/Maxine Waters/Ilhan Omar-types put scant energy into making their extremism more palatable to the electorate, Buttigieg’s policy prescriptions may go down more amiably — but they’re just as dangerous. Further to that, the “Mayor Pete” red flag can be raised when considering any of his similarly “pleasant” but like-minded colleagues. Whether sown by a Hoosier cherub or progressive goblin, the seeds of misguided ideas eventually produce the same nation-debilitating crop.

    Pete Buttigieg may, indeed, be a “nice guy” personally. But his “centrist” image can be diagnosed quite concisely with a phrase favored by late radio-host Bob Grant: “Fake, phony, fraud”.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Image: Adapted from: Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America – Pete Buttigieg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87270550


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