Does Webster's Know About This?

I’ve been reading Redstate for several years now, and have been a registered member for just over a year and a half. Up until now I have been content to read the fine analysis of other writers on this blog far more loquacious than I. However, I read an article that I had to comment on. The headline and first paragraph drew me in, and as I read I became more, and more incensed.

The headline reads, “Shame on McCain and Palin for using an old code word for black.” And within the first two paragraphs we are told

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.

To read the whole article, go here.or follow the link from Drudge.

I am an eighth grade teacher, and part of what I try and teach students is that words mean things. Specific words have definitions, and one must choose the word he means, not the word he thinks he means. Socialism is a specific economic policy, one that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others on the left embrace. I would argue that Martin Luther King Jr. was also a socialist, not because he was African American, but because he believed in the socialist economic policy. I ask, have we actually reached a point in time when even honest political discourse and economic debate must be a front for racism? And many of you can probably guess what it is like being the only conservative in a left leaning middle school. This election season has isolated me from many a lunch room discussion, as any dissent from the annointing of Obama as the next president is more than frowned upon. Though they should be a beacon of tolerance for all, teachers are far from it.