When former President Barack Obama was just nine-years-old, he was introduced to Frank Marshall Davis — a mentor who would stick by his side until he left for Occidental College in 1979.
Davis was a card-carrying member — card no. 47544, to be specific — of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), who wrote and exposited the communist agenda in op-eds, activism, and one-on-one conversations.
His relationship with Obama ultimately shaped the future president’s worldview, which was made obvious in Obama’s push for government-run healthcare — Davis’ top priority at the time.
This relationship is strikingly similar to what America is now seeing with rising Democratic star, Pete Buttigieg.
Buttigieg’s recently-deceased father, Joseph, was a literary scholar and translator whose life’s work was invested in the study and propagation of ideas by neo-Marxist Antonio Gramsci — Karl Marx’s de-facto successor and one-time leader of the Italian communist party.
“Who has really attempted to follow up the explorations of Marx and Engels? I can think of only Gramsci,” Louis Althusser wrote in his book For Marx.
Additionally, Joseph Buttigieg was an adviser to academic journal Rethinking Marxism, where they published content that seeks “to discuss, elaborate, and/or extend Marxian theory.”
In a 1998 article for Chronicle of Higher Education that celebrated the anniversary of the Communist Manifesto, the elder Buttigieg noted that despite failed attempts at communism, the ingredients are there to make Marxism work.
“Equity, environmental consciousness, and racial justice are surely some of the ingredients of a healthy Marxism. Indeed, Marxism’s greatest appeal — undiminished by the collapse of Communist edifices — is the imbalances produced by other sociopolitical governing structures,” Buttigieg wrote.
When Buttigieg died in 2019, Pete wrote the following:
“We miss him already but his love of life, and his moral passion, will stay with us forever…We are left with memories of his powerful intellect, his extensive legacy, his personal warmth and his deeply felt love for Mom, me, and all those close to him.”
Joseph Buttigieg’s “moral passion” was Marxism and communism, much like Obama’s mentor, Davis.
While the media portrays the battle between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Buttigieg as “Socialist vs. Centrist,” they’re not being accurate. Buttigieg is just as far-left as Sanders, if not more — and we may never know how much he adheres to his father’s teachings of Marx and Gramsci until and if he manages to win the keys to the White House.