Sarcasm in defense of liberalism is no vice

Or so the editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican would seem to believe.

Today my column in the New Mexico Independent addresses a recent New Mexican editorial mocking Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) for purported red-baiting.

The latest Democratic talking point is that all good progressives should mock conservatives for their fear of socialism, painting us as delusional McCarthyites who are caterwauling that the capitalist sky is falling —

Obama is a socialist. Aren’t they silly? Look what asses they’re making of themselves. Did you hear what Olbermann said about them last night? Ha-ha. Oh, they’re just hilarious — and irrelevant.

Let them laugh. The truth is, the debate over a more limited vs. a more intrusive government is an important one. It does matter. And we mustn’t let them mocks us into keeping our mouths shut about it.

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