Hat tip to Mr. Ehrisman!
More proof for Sibby that the education establishment is one big Marxist indoctrination plot: The Sioux Falls School District will name its newest elementary school for a known socialist sympathizer, Richard F. Pettigrew. One of South Dakota's first Senators and quite the Republican wheeler-dealer himself, Pettigrew jumped the GOP ship to support William Jennings Bryan and the Populists, then went on to issue a blistering critique of capitalism and cronyism in his book Triumphant Plutocracy.
Pettigrew was accused of treason by fellow Senators for protesting U.S. military action in the Philippines; he was indicted in 1917 for violation of the Espionage Act as a result, he said, of his stiff critique of American entry into World War I, which Pettigrew saw serving no purpose but to enrich certain wealthy interests.
A Republican who realized his party was lying to him and promoting plutocrats over the public: no wonder I like him.
Pettigrew's name is a fine choice for Sioux Falls' newest elementary school. May his name always remind students of the value in challenging wealth and power.
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