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Pinko is a derogatory term for a person regarded as sympathetic to Communism, though not necessarily a Communist Party member. The term has its origins in the notion that pink is a lighter shade of red, the color associated with communism; thus pink could be thought of as a "lighter form of communism" promoted by mere supporters of socialism who weren't, themselves, "card-carrying" communists.
Who gets called a PinkoEdit
less sensible people like Andrew Schlafly like to call anyone a liberal who doesn't agree entirely with them. By those definitions John McCain is a liberal or Pinko because he supports Universal Health Care. The British Conservative Party are pinkos because they support the British National Health Service which is a form of Universal Health Care. Even Margaret Thatcher was a pinko because she wanted to reform the Health Service and make it more efficient. European Social Democrats are pinkos of course. In reality Social democrat welfare systems prevent people becoming so desperate that they fight for violent Communist, Fascist or Nazi revolution.