Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is a college professor with a long history of political activism and fearless liberalism.—AP, 5-11-08, profile of candidate for Minn. Dem primary nomination [emphasis added].Fearless liberalism? Fearless? It's fearless for an American college professor to be a big-time liberal? Give me a fearless break!
Yet that's how the AP described the predictably left-wing politics of the man challenging Al Franken for the right to challenge Republican Norm Coleman for his seat in the US Senate. Among Nelson-Pallmeyer's positions:
- opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances
- suppport nationwide legalization of same-sex marriages
- favors a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in the next nine months
- advocates universal single-payer health insurance and a massive reduction in defense spending.
Nelson-Pallmeyer, whose campaign signs "mimic the Wellstone placards that still hang in the front window of many a Democratic household," isn't just any kind of professor. He's a professor of Justice and Peace Studies.
I'd love to see a conservative apply for such a position. Someone from the peace-through-strength school of thought. Now, that would be . . . fearless.