When President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign unveiled its new slogan, some conservative critics were quick to pounce.

“Forward,” they asserted, is a word long associated with Europe’s radical left. Its choice reaffirmed their contention that Obama is, to some degree or other, a socialist – a claim that surfaced early in the 2008 campaign and has persisted ever since, fueling a lively industry of bumper stickers and books..

“New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism,” read a headline in The Washington Times. A column by Russian immigrant Svetlana Kunin, for Investor’s Business Daily, said Obama seeks to move America forward to “total government involvement in people’s lives.”

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