Are some Republican leaders losing it, just two days before the 2008 presidential election?
That appears to be the case in Alabama.
Consider this quote from Mike Hubbard, chair of the Alabama Republican Party, about the race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain:
"Obama won't win Alabama, but if he pulls 44, 45, 46 percent of the vote, then that could make it hard on some of our candidates down ballot. I think some of us in Alabama are just baffled by how the rest of the country seems to be falling for a guy who is a socialist and Marxist."
A socialist and a Marxist? Hubbard seems to be referring to Obama's support for a modest form of progressive taxation. Just how nutty is Hubbard's statement?
By his definition, every U.S. president from Woodrow Wilson to Jimmy Carter was a socialist and a Marxist. All of them supported progressive taxation.
That includes a number of Republican presidents who supported top tax rates far higher than anything Obama has proposed--Dwight Eisenhower (92 percent), Richard Nixon (77 percent), Gerald Ford (70 percent).
What a bunch of Commies!
And Adam Smith, generally considered the father of modern economics and an icon to many conservatives? He also supported progressive taxation.
One of the best discussions I've seen about the Obama/socialism nonsense comes from James Edward Maule, a professor of law at Villanova University. Maule, as you can tell by his title, is an intelligent, thoughtful guy. You can check out his credentials here.
The last thing Republicans like Hubbard want people to do is think. Republicans generally don't fare well when people take the time to think.
We encourage people to think here at Legal Schnauzer, so we hope you will check out Maule's piece on "Wealth Redistribution, Socialism, and the Tax Law."
It's one thing for a drunk on a bar stool to say Obama is a "socialist and a Marxist." But the leader of a major party in a Deep South state? That smacks of desperation.
Speaking of desperation, Glynn Wilson at Locust Fork World News & Journal has some interesting thoughts about the possibly that Tuesday's election will mark the "last gasp of the conservative era."
For another excellent discussion on socialism and desperation, consider this clip with Princeton professor Cornel West from Real Time With Bill Maher.