Asked to clarify his remarks, Bachus counted 17 members of the U.S. House of Representatives as socialists. Bachus did not address the fact that he voted for the bank bailout last fall, which was condemned as socialism by some members of the GOP. Bachus also did not respond to an email from Roll Call asking him to identify the socialists.
Bear in mind that 47% of the audience may not have been fazed by the 17 socialists. A recent Rasmussen Report poll states, "Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism."
In any event, Bachus's remarks bring to mind those of Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota (R), who called last year for the news media to "do a penetrating expose" into the "views of the people in Congress and find out if they are pro-America or anti-America."
Bachus and Bachmann are the latest in a line of Republicans that have stood against the domestic Red Menace, which includes the 17 members of Congress who are ready to throw us all into collective farms. Who started this proud GOP legacy? Listen: