Pete Buttigieg’s Unnoticed 2-Month Absence Reveals a Hidden Truth About our “Democracy” That Republicans Must “Pounce” On
October 19, 2021 (2mo ago)

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If monarchy is rule by one, oligarchy rule by the few, and democracy rule by the many, a bureaucracy might be said to be rule by no one.

Perhaps no recent example better encapsulates the above observation by political philosopher Hannah Arendt than Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s largely unnoticed absence amid America’s worst supply-chain meltdown in living memory. Was Buttigieg ill? Fanatically dedicated to working behind the scenes? Nope! He’d simply punched out, like taking a personal day except for two months, in order to help husband Chasten recover from the traumas of childbirth.


While U.S. ports faced anchor-to-anchor traffic and Congress nearly melted down over the president’s infrastructure bill in recent weeks, the usually omnipresent Transportation secretary was lying low.

One of the White House’s go-to communicators didn’t appear on TV. He was absent on Capitol Hill during the negotiations over the bill he had been previously helping sell to different members of Congress. Conservative critics tried (unsuccessfully) to get #WheresPete to trend and Fox News ran a story on October 4 with the headline: “Buttigieg quiet on growing port congestion as shipping concerns build ahead of holidays.”

They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.

“For the first four weeks, he was mostly offline except for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation. [Politico]

This revelation turned into a predictable, rather lame dispute between Red Team and Blue Team over whether the Butt Man was neglecting his duties. Tucker Carlson ribbed Buttigieg for taking time to “learn breastfeeding”; the rich gay surrogate dad sniped back by implying that Carlson, a man with a wife and four grown children, was alienated from the act of parenthood.

Also, something about Harvey Milk. Way to fight stereotypes, Buttigieg!

But the truth is this: Buttigieg could step away from his job permanently and it likely wouldn’t make any difference. In fact, so could the rest of the Cabinet, pretty much all of Congress, and the president too (mentally, the last part has probably already happened).

Far from “slacking off” or irresponsibly stepping away from a senior U.S. government post, Pete Buttigieg has actually revealed the true nature of governance in America’s late-stage crumbling “democracy”: It’s a government where the presence of political appointees is entirely unnecessary.

The United States federal government is a behemoth with more than two million civilian employees, plus more than 1.3 million active-duty military personnel. Sitting atop the vast edifice are a mere 4,000 political appointees, about 1,300 of which require Senate confirmation.

While in an ideal world these political appointees would all be knowledgeable experts who are fitting choices for senior positions, in reality of course the opposite is often the case. Does anybody think that Marcia Fudge, Biden’s choice to run HUD, is the single best person for setting the nation’s housing policy? Revolver reader’s will recall that Ms. Fudge’s previous achievements include obtaining clemency for a local judge who later brutally murdered his wife. For that matter, is anybody sure that Marcia Fudge is better than picking a random name from a Duluth, Minnesota phone book?

Marcia Fudge

The truth, of course, is that political appointments are handed out for all kinds of other reasons: To reward a political ally, to heal a schism, to allow younger party leaders to raise their profile. But above all, political appointees are there to exert control.

The purpose of political appointees isn’t to act as bureaucrats and administrators. Amazingly enough, the point of a political appointee is politics: They are there to exercise political control over the career bureaucracy so that it doesn’t become an unelected, all-powerful fourth branch of government.

This reality explains why Secretary Buttigieg could easily take three more years of paternity leave if he feels like it. Through a process of convergent evolution dating back decades, the Democratic Party and the federal bureaucracy have become ideologically indistinguishable.

Why does Pete Buttigieg need to go into work at all? He knows with absolute certainty that the senior leadership of the Department of Transportation are ideological progressives. He knows that they will mindlessly receive any mental software update that is put out by the progressive left. He knows that, if the Democratic Congress passes any bill involving the Department of Transportation, the career appointees will execute it without complaint.

And if Pete Buttigieg knows all that, who cares if he actually comes into work or not? For that matter, who cares if Joe Biden comes into work at all? Even a year ago, it was obvious that Biden wasn’t always 100% there mentally. Since taking office, Biden’s public confusion and bafflement have gone viral multiple times.

Suppose the bizarre conspiracy theories were true, and Joe Biden was actually being played by a body double while the real Biden lies dead or in a coma somewhere. What would be different? Quite possibly nothing at all. At most, the foreign policy deep state might have succeeded in perpetuating the Afghan permanent war through another presidential term.

This evolution is not simply a matter of the Democratic Party “taking over” the Washington bureaucracy. The arrangement actually goes both ways. The bureaucracy is certainly deeply loyal to progressive priorities like transgender rights or rooting out “racism.” But in turn, the Democratic Party has tethered itself inseparably to the values of the DC bureaucrat class. Among other things, this includes the cult of credential-collecting and meaningless “expertise,” the revolving door between government and senior corporate posts, and the military-industrial-diplomatic complex that obsessively spreads “freedom” and “democracy” to unwilling foreign lands.

Crucially, the same forces that let the Democratic Party leave the bureaucracy on autopilot mean that a Republican administration can never expect the same sort of cooperation. From the moment President Trump took office, a huge proportion of the bureaucracy switched into full #Resist mode. This wasn’t centrally planned—it didn’t require orders from Nancy Pelosi or collusion between thousands of different actors. Instead, it took place automatically and implicitly: bureaucrats could act knowing right away that others would act in concert with them. And at the time, Washington’s official organs gloated about it.

The signs of popular dissent from President Trump’s opening volley of actions have been plain to see on the nation’s streets, at airports in the aftermath of his refugee and visa ban, and in the blizzard of outrage on social media. But there’s another level of resistance to the new president that is less visible and potentially more troublesome to the administration: a growing wave of opposition from the federal workers charged with implementing any new president’s agenda.

Less than two weeks into Trump’s administration, federal workers are in regular consultation with recently departed Obama-era political appointees about what they can do to push back against the new president’s initiatives. Some federal employees have set up social media accounts to anonymously leak word of changes that Trump appointees are trying to make.

At the Justice Department, an employee in the division that administers grants to nonprofits fighting domestic violence and researching sex crimes said the office has been planning to slow its work and to file complaints with the inspector general’s office if asked to shift grants away from their mission.

“You’re going to see the bureaucrats using time to their advantage,” said the employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. Through leaks to news organizations and internal complaints, he said, “people here will resist and push back against orders they find unconscionable.”

Career staff members in at least five departments said they are staying in close contact with Obama administration officials to get advice on how to handle Trump initiatives they consider illegal or improper.

While many federal workers have begun to consider avenues of dissent only since the inauguration, others had been preparing for weeks. In the last days of Obama’s tenure, several departments catalogued data and reports and got them into the hands of allies outside the government. [Washington Post]

The #Resistance continued for all four years of Trump’s presidency, and sadly, it was only in the final days of his first term that Trump and his allies properly understood the problem they were dealing with. Just two weeks before the 2020 election, the Post howled about what a second term might hold.

President Trump’s extraordinary directive allowing his administration to weed out career federal employees viewed as disloyal in a second term is the product of a four-year campaign by conservatives working from a ­little-known West Wing policy shop.

Soon after Trump took office, a young aide hired from the Heritage Foundation with bold ideas for reining in the sprawling bureaucracy of 2.1 million came up with a blueprint. Trump would hold employees accountable, sideline their labor unions and give the president more power to hire and fire them, much like political appointees.

The plan was a counterweight to the “deep state” Trump believed was out to disrupt his agenda. Coordinating labor policy for the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, James Sherk presented his bosses with a 19-page to-do list titled “Proposed Labor Reforms.” A top category was “Creating a government that serves the people.”

The result this week threatens to be the most significant assault on the nonpartisan civil service in its 137-year history: a sweeping executive order that strips job protections from employees in policy roles across the government. Exactly which roles would be affected will be up to personnel officials at federal agencies, who were tasked on Friday with reviewing all of their jobs and deciding who would qualify.

Civil service experts and union leaders have assailed the order as an effort to impose political loyalty tests on a nonpartisan workforce. The directive likely would not survive if Joe Biden is elected president. [Washington Post]

The Post’s prediction came true: Just two days after taking office, President Biden withdrew Trump’s executive order to weed out non-compliant bureaucrats. After all, Democrats have no need for an order to make sure policy-making bureaucrats are obedient.  Now matter how extreme the policy—say, letting 15,000 Haitians into America or investigating parents who protest their daughters being raped by transgender predators—the Biden regime can count on bureaucrats who will be fully supportive and even enthusiastic in executing his diktats. For Democrats, obedience is a matter of course.

But Republicans must not forget about President Trump’s order. The next time an America-first president holds the White House, they must be prepared to revive it immediately. The nationalist movement cannot afford to waste another four years rediscovering it.

In effect, the monolithic Democratic ideology of the American bureaucracy means that, no matter how decisively it wins an election, any Republican presidency (or for that matter, any non-establishment presidency regardless of party) will always be a case of divided government. Not only that, but it will be a deeply asymmetric divided government, where a few thousand political appointees do battle with entrenched, hostile bureaucrats who are both far more numerous and far more experienced using the levers of policy and power.

This isn’t just a bottleneck to effective governance, but also an existential problem for democracy itself. Because in any government where the bureaucracy calls the shots, regardless of who holds power above them, elections become meaningless. The American presidency will be like the Imperial title under the shoguns, holding immense prestige but no power.

To say the least, the next Republican president cannot afford Cabinet secretaries who take two months off to raise adopted infants. They need a Day One strategy that assumes the bureaucracy will be hostile and will needed to be crushed. They will need a plan that takes no prisoners and topples every obstacle the bureaucratic deep state attempts to throw up.

For Democrats, a Cabinet official is a figurehead atop a vast machine. For Republicans, a Cabinet official is a general in a bureaucratic total war—and the time to understand this is right now.

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1 month ago

The article hit the nail on the head. Liberal “democracy” isn’t about having people control their bureaucracy, it’s entirely about having hundreds of (corrupt) unknown and unelected bureaucrats control the people.

All of our figureheads could be absent and the country would still run. That’s how fake and performative our “democracy” is.

1 month ago

So, his baby came out of his butt?
Where is woman that gave his child life?
Does she not want baby anymore and just gave it to homosexuals to abuse?

1 month ago

I’ve been saying the same for years! The inmates run the asylum, K Street writes the bills, we only need a clown in office to sign everything into law as everything is on remote control!

laurie thomas vass
1 month ago

I think that the picture of Boot-edge in the hospital bed with his lover and the two babies is the new American normal

Tax Payer
1 month ago

Picking these homosexuals like this is the hand of the anti Americans and china. It’s solely for theatrics and to humiliate true Americans. We must unite and purge this perversion of nature from the classrooms and entertainment or this will undoe society easy before climate change.

1 month ago

Buttigieg is only a symptom of what chaos liberals can create. If he says he is a mama, we need to believe him and go along with it.

Yo MaMa
1 month ago

Give Buttboi a break will ya! His nipples were sore from all that breastfeeding…

1 month ago

This is a very important point to make. This article is essential reading for all republican politicians and candidates.

1 month ago

This is an accurate depiction of the Republicans that have looked the other way while communism crept into high schools, universities, school boards, corporations, think tanks, state departments, military brass, Obama’s Presidency. Hell, look at Trump for 4 years he was warned about election integrity BY THE DEMOCRATS IN 2016 and he did nothing. Nothing about Sec 230 and he accepted whatever update his advisors, THAT HE CHOSE, gave him. But bless him, Jared was his star, he works so hard for Israel. Jared loves Israel more than Americans. How disgusting you Americans think about Democracy and porn in elementary schools or men exposing themselves to women in spas.
How do you like that Americans, you’re insulted to your face for not putting more loyalty toward Israel because Jared does? We paid for their Iron Dome and 2 walls for Israel. Trump couldn’t even get one done. Oh , I know I know he had bad advisors. That’s why the advisors to the captain of the Titanic will forever be remembered for crashing that ship.

1 month ago

It’s okay. With Pete’s absence, that’s one more J000000 running the Biden Admin. and doing a bang up job of it.

William E Dumanch
1 month ago

Econ 101 folks…
ALL the goods in ALL those containers, on or off shore, belong to THE MANUFACTURER or Brokerages…they are looking at OUR INFLATION rate, and will release those containers “When you wanna pay” OR…ship them ELSEWHERE

Grandma C.
1 month ago

Peter BootyJudge.

1 month ago

There used to be a British comedy show that was completely based on the fact that the politically appointed department heads had absolutely no idea what was going on and only the bureaucrats below them did anything. It was called Yes Minister

Tamara Mitchell
1 month ago

Check this Article out about Buttigieg…..

Stop The Adversary
1 month ago

Buttgig doesn’t understand the concept of REPENTANCE, but seems to think he is a “christian” that can continue to live as a sodomite. Not to mention harming innocent children because he feels a selfish need to pretend to play parent.

Victor B Anderson
1 month ago

” the Butt Man” saga is pure BULLSHIT.

1 month ago

This is correct. Every Republican in power needs to take this advice and do it. This administration is a clown and freak show. All the way to the top to the bottom. I hope everyone that voted. For the demented. Pays a lot more for just breathing. You are sick people. But republicans in power are cowards. No guts to stand up or are compromised.

Richard Ettinger
1 month ago

Pete was a lightweight before he was a lightweight. Just curious did he spit those twins out of his rectum?

Michael J Murphy
1 month ago

Can anyone tell me the last thing the “republicans” POUNCED on ANYTHING that didn’t have the word Trump in it?

1 month ago

Well, we don’t really have a sovereign government- the central bankers have owned and controlled America since they took control of the issuance of our national currency with the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.” -James Madison

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks…will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson in the debate over the Re-charter of the Bank Bill (1809)

And these central bankers are the people behind the WEF’s Great Reset/4th Industrial Revolution, which is a global coup d’etat, where all aspects of our lives will be controlled by technology, where we will have NO rights or freedom.

For true history on central banking, see Bill Still’s The Money Masters, Money as Debt, James Corbett’s Century of Enslavement- The History of the Federal Reserve, Mike Rivero’s All Wars Are Bankers Wars, and F William Engdahl’s The Gods of Money- How America Was Hijacked
For how the world really works and who runs the world, see plutacracydotnet

While everyone has been distracted by the global covid psyop, the banking cartel is working behind the scenes on plans for a complete takeover of everything on the planet and they are getting ready to roll out their central banker digital currency (digital slave-grid/digital gulag).

Please see in-this-togetherdotcom and read “What is the Global Public Private Partnership” and “Seizing Everything: The Theft of the Commons.”

Montana Nan
1 month ago

Postpartum Petey is a joke yet again.

1 month ago

Repubicans arent going to “pounce” on anything that doesnt fluff their bank account!

1 month ago

the Republic is lost… going back to the good ole days

Dawn Krajenka
1 month ago

I think Amanda has a few excellent points. The only thing I would add is that the book you all should be reading is the Bible. We are headed smack-dab into the Tribulation. The One World Government, the New World Order, it’s all in there. The Anti-christ will be a man of politics and he will have all the answers. He will also be very persuasive and will get many people to trust him. The delusion you see in the world now will only magnify because God is going to give them over to delusion. It will get much worse. You can trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and escape the coming wrath. Don’t be left behind to deal with all the evil that is coming on this planet. Give your life to Jesus, He WILL protect you!!

1 month ago

I pray fot these children to grow into GOD fearing Holy Ghost filled evangelists for JESUS.
ButtCheeks and his partner could learn about salvation if they last that long!

1 month ago

What paternity? What maternity? The twin babies are being abused since they are deliberately motherless and actually also fatherless. These two guys are not the babies fathers!!! Poor things! Buttigieg and the other guy need to be put in jail for this wicked scheme to abuse the twins! The twin babies need a mother and a father, not a couple of child abusers.

1 month ago

Well articulated….fire 90% of the f**kn bureaucracy in the first month. Was biggest hope missed in end days of DJT presidency. They are a cancer, cut them out. But what will they do in exile?

James Bryson
1 month ago

What could go wrong? Creating a massive federal bureaucracy where no one can be fired…2M “self licking ice-cream cones” whose greatest metric is increasing their budget.

We must deconstruct and reconstruct (downsize) this cancer OR, we have lost the Republic.

Karen Yaw-McAdoo
1 month ago

Great article. Well said. I think we all knew this and you put it in great perspective, Thank you! mayor Pete is about as useful as a bump on a pickle. He has no idea what it’s like to give birth or breastfeed. he has a lot to learn about babies.

Ned (@ned)
1 month ago

Great article as usual Revolver – looking forward to your next BREAKING NEWS and COMMENTARY!!! God Bless your Work!!

Oliver Clozoff
1 month ago

If he had been on the job, he only would have made things worse.

Mark Clancey
1 month ago

Darren, great work on this and 1/6. As for the next America First administration, may I suggest that the plan be far more robust? Decentralization of the Administrative State would effectively break up the Deep State. Moving whole agencies out of D.C. to the states would expose the vast bureaucracies to the diversity of the available workforce, Democrat, Republican and independent.

Brenda Brown
1 month ago

Marcia Fudge got the HUD job to open up her congressional seat for Nina Turner, a top aide to Bernie Sanders. That was part of the deal to get Bernie to step aside.

Unfortunately for her, Nina Turner didn’t win the democrat primary.

Brian Richard Allen
1 month ago

+Dick: …. There’s an hilarious British comedy series: “Yes Minister,” that morphed in due time into “Yes, Prime Minister” and that’s based in the concept of elected politicians having little to no idea of what’s going on and that only the bureaucrats ever know and/or ever do anything ….

And its particularly funny because we all know without a doubt that it’s founded in Truth. That it’s real.

Brian Richard Allen
1 month ago

+Shannon: …. All of our figureheads could be absent and the (government) would still run ….

All of our figureheads (empty suits) are absent and the government still does run. The better for their absence.

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