by Bob Parks
I’m just looking for some consistency. A few short months ago, remember this…?
The “socialist” label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots. J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972, used the term liberally to describe African Americans who spent their lives fighting for equality.
If it were “racist” then, and this whole economic rescue agenda belongs to President Barack Obama, how would Newsweek explain this…?
As the Obama administration presses the largest fiscal bill in American history, caps the salaries of executives at institutions receiving federal aid at $500,000 and introduces a new plan to rescue the banking industry, the unemployment rate is at its highest in 16 years. The Dow has slumped to 1998 levels, and last year mortgage foreclosures rose 81 percent.
All of this is unfolding in an economy that can no longer be understood, even in passing, as the Great Society vs. the Gipper. Whether we like it or not—or even whether many people have thought much about it or not—the numbers clearly suggest that we are headed in a more European direction.
So, that was then. This is now.
McCain and Palin call Obama a socialist, that’s racist. Newsweek calls Obama a socialist, and that’s European. It makes you wonder what’s the worse insult.