Socialist is the new N word i.e. Obama is a Socialist. Socialism is the new code word for welfare. Healthcare reform is socialism. Haven’t we been down the code word route before?
Seriously, I heard the term socialist and socialism chanted over and over again by the anti healthcare reform people in the parking lot of Jefferson Beauregaurd (Azaela Trail Maids) Sessions town hall meeting yesterday. I wondered if they could even define socialism or even knew what the term meant, because if they did they would know it doesn’t apply to President Obama as Sarah ( I can see Russia from my house) Palin labeled him.
PTCruiser at jackandjillpolitics.com reminded me of the historical use of the word;
the terms “socialist” and “communist” were among the favorite epithets hurled at Black Americans, their allies and organizations such as the NAACP before, during and after the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, these terms have been used since the early 20th Century, if not before, to discredit and stigmatize men and women fighting for social justice.
So now we know..the term is used to describe someone who is fighting for social justice, not someone who is trying to take our freedoms away. President Obama and others can wear the lable proudly.
Check out this commentary about the new N word h/t Sephia jackandjillpolitics.com