From the Huffington Post:
Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) says he knows firsthand the risky business of refusing to call President Obama a “socialist” from his primary election defeat earlier this summer.
“I figured out early in the race I was taking a risk by being unwilling to call the President a socialist,” explained the outgoing congressman. “I’d get asked a question and they’d all wait to see if I’d use the word – socialist – they were throwing around. I wouldn’t. Because I don’t think that’s what he is.”
Inglis elaborated, “To call him a socialist is to demean the office and stir up a passion that we need to be calming, rather than constantly stirring up.”
I have no idea if Bob Inglis is correct or not. I don’t know if that is why he lost his bid for re-election in the primary held earlier in the summer. He makes a good point though. What I do know is that the word ‘socialist’ is mighty old and might tiresome. I got tired of hearing Nazi and Hitler also. I think I will add ‘socialist‘ to the ‘down the rabbit hole’ list of words that will get one thrown in to moderation so we can take a break.
It is just time to find another word. Not everything you don’t like is socialist. That is too 50’s for me. Recycled politics. Next thing we know we will slide into saying ‘communist.’ Then we will have to drag out McCarthy. At least on this blog, please find another word. It really is getting old, boring, and recycled.
Furthermore, calling someone a socialist is simply libelous and defamatory unless the individual has identified themselves as such. Spreading rumors and lies and printing unsubstantiated material without identifying it as such is much the same. Regardless of what is done on other blogs, it isn’t going to be done here.