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.
McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare.This absurd column was linked by Drudge, and was a topic on the Rush Limbaugh show on Wednesday.
Blogger James Joyner weighs in with some sarcastic humor: Karl Marx Was Black?! Way to embarrass yourself, Lewis Diuguid.
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