Quote Of The Day II

"The word [socialist] is designed to have emotional charge to it. Throughout my primary, there were people insisting that I use the word. They would ask me if he was a socialist, and I would always find some other word. I'd say, 'President Obama wants a very large government that I don't think will work and that spends too much and it's inefficient and it compromises freedom and it's not the way we want to go.' They would listen for the word, wait to see if I used the s-word, and when I didn't, you could see the disappointment.


I refused to use the word because I have this view that the Ninth Commandment must mean something. I remember one year Bill Clinton—the guy I was out to get [when serving on the House judiciary committee in the 1990s]—at the National Prayer Breakfast said something that was one of the most profound things I've ever heard from anybody at a gathering like that. He said, 'The most violated commandment in Washington, DC'—everybody leaned in; do tell, Mr. President—'is, "Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor."' I thought, 'He's right. That is the most violated commandment in Washington.' For me to go around saying that Barack Obama is a socialist is a violation of the Ninth Commandment. He is a liberal fellow. I'm conservative. We disagree... But I don't need to call him a socialist, and I hurt the country by doing so. The country has to come together to find a solution to these challenges or else we go over the cliff." -Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) talking about his experience campaigning for -- and losing re-election in the era of the Tea Party movement.