As a liberal I am offended by the snide misuse of the word “socialist” by Republicans. Socialism does not equate with theft, anarchy, or evil. Despite what Sarah Palin has said, there are socialist countries that function quite nicely and are occupied by contented and productive citizens.
Since Republicans are determined to use the term “socialist” with little regard for truth, it’s time that the Democrats found a term they could shout out equally irresponsibly whenever a conservative begins barking “socialist.” I believe I have exactly the right word.
There is a term for people who are zealously nationalistic and anti-intellectual and who falsely believe they are persecuted in their own land. They insist that they must rescue their country from moral decadence. They believe critics of the state can be denied basic human rights and that government and business should be flip sides of the same coin.
These same people are rabidly anti-communist, anti-socialist, anti-liberal and anti-gay. They believe government is incapable of error in wartime. They mistrust non Christians and immigrants, despise labor unions and, when not in power, claim to love their country but hate their government.
The term that best describes these folks is “fascist.”