Commentary: Takes a socialist to know one

This editorial appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.

Talk about the audacity of hope: John McCain is hoping that voters will believe that Barack Obama is a socialist.

The convenient thing for McCain is that people can imagine that socialism is anything that scares them: Stalin, Mao, uppity ones, the IRS.

And while there are plenty of things to be scared about right now, socialism isn't one of them — unless you're thinking of the massive redistribution of wealth from working Americans to the bastions of capitalism as part of the $700 billion government bailout of Wall Street bankers.

Socialism is not like pregnancy. You can be a little socialist, and, thank goodness, this country always has been.

Otherwise we wouldn't have public schools and universities, public highways, Social Security or Medicare.

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