Here we Americans go again! We are so afraid of mere words like socialism, but explain this, the Russians once called the Soviet Union, the United Soviet Socialist Republic, which was actually not communist or socialist at all but a false pseudo communist state, and not a real socialist republic either, because other than having universal health care, Russian style fake communism didn’t do much to actually help the poor Russian people or do anything much to increase their freedom or prosperity, but instead robbed them of these things, and so really was primarily a totalitarian state that favored and enriched only the wealthy party elites, and then mercilessly persecuted and imprisoned anyone who complained about it, and then at the very same time the German Nazis called themselves socialists but that was just a scam to sucker in the German people with promises of health care and better schools and such and used to cover up for Hitler’s real fascism, and griftng as he robbed the German people to live high on the hog on publically funded millionaire estates, and Nazi Germany was really a totalitarian fascist dictatorship, and not truly socialist at all.
In fact it’s hard to tell the Russian so called communists apart from the Nazi Germans, they were both dictatorships that persecuted, robbed, exploited, and falsely imprisoned their citizens, took away their freedoms, and threatened world peace and security, and catered to wealthy elites, and we are not all that far behind them, especially lately! Then we have European socialism like that happens in Sweden, Finland, Norway, and other parts of Europe and it works very well, and all of these countries are all still thriving peaceful democracies. So what does socialism really mean? Well it can mean many different things to different people, and this makes it a very divisive and contentious word, especially here in America where we have been thoroughly brainwashed and conditioned to see socialism to be considered almost the same as communism.
However, I see socialism as meaning doing things that are best for everyone or at least for the majority of all the people, doing what is best for every member of our society, and what is best for our commons, or commonwealth, like universal health care, good public schools, clean air, clean water, and clean land, public parks, public utilities, public transportation, interstate highways, etc., and making good public policies that create better freedom and justice for all, now doesn’t that sound like what our democracy was really meant to do anyway?
So why get so hung up on only a word? I don’t care what we call it as long as it works and everyone has all the health care that we need without having to go bankrupt, and that we protect the environment that all life depends upon, and that we have truly free and fair elections, a government that is truly responsible and is responsive to the people, and that provides every American citizen with an adequate education and job training to become productive members of society, and that our government creates public policies that are good for all of the American people, not just the wealthy and giant corporations, and those with political pull, and makes a system that ensures that our government does it’s job to provide for real frredom and justice for all, and for the public welfare of our entire country, which ought to be job number one of any good government.
A rose by any other name will smell just as sweet, so who cares if it is called democratic socialism, or universal single payer health care, or addressing climate change and cleaning up toxic pollution, or public education? It doesn’t matter to me if a democrat or a Republican, or a democratic socialist, or a member of the Green Party proposes positive changes as long as those changes would be good and in the best interest of all or at least the majority of Americans. If it’s a good idea then let’s try it. If we don’t like it, as long as we still live in a democracy, then we can undo it, and try something else. That is the real beauty of our democratic system! And yet it appears that ever more and more that republicans no longer want to be a part of our democratic system, and want instead to insist upon having only their own way and say to hell with the rest of the majority of the American people. They appear to want to destroy our democratic government, a government that they appear to hate, to rewrite our Constitution, and to force their own Constitution on all Americans, even if they must do this by fraud or deception, and even if this goes against the collective will of the majority, and then to turn America into a dictatorship run only by themselves, for only themselves, exactly the same way that Russia, Nazi Germany, North Korea, and other tyrannical dictatorships still operate today. No wonder that so many Republicans like and admire Vladimir Putin! Bernie isn’t calling to abolish our democracy or to create a totalitarian socialist or communist state or anything for goodness sake! If anyone is really trying to do just that it is at least some republicans! You would think that destroying our democracy and trying to turn America into a communist or socialist dictatorship was what Bernie was really trying to do from the way these republicans act when this couldn’t be further from the truth! Bernie is a true American patriot who wants to preserve and protect our democratic republic! These republicans just want to keep on profiting off of for profit medicine, and for profit prisons, and other evil things, which have been allowed to bankrupt, poison, and kill American citizens and our veterans for far too long. These right wing Republican greedy gravy trains must end. Talk about welfare queens! Many, but not all of these rich guys and their wealthy corporations subvert our democratic government every way that they can, which is why they say “government is the problem,” because good government gets in the way of their greedy graft and corruption, and so they use corruption to create more corruption, and bought and paid for members of government to force taxpayers to give them subsidies, even when it is not in our country’s best interest, and many of them pay no taxes at all, and those wealthy folks who live off of their investments pay 14 percent income tax, while working folks pay 28 percent! We are taxing those who work the hardest to death and allowing the idle rich to get welfare, paid for by the very workers whom they exploit.
What makes me wonder is why more democrats and those who are supposed to be radical far left crazies, according to republican fascist robber barons, never talk much about any of this! Part of the problem is our right wing and corporate controlled media, so much for freedom of the press and freedom of speech! It’s not conservative ideas that are being suppressed at all it has always been the insurgent left that has had their freedom giving and democratic ideas on behalf of the majority of working and ordinary Americans who have had their voices silenced, and for far too long! It’s only been lately, after forty years of wasted time, that the so callled liberal MSM has even just begun to mention climate change or to ever address pollution in any real way despite the severe seriousness of these issues to the lives and health of millions of ordinary Americans. They just put on pieces about Madonna or Beyoncé or some celebrity instead when they run out of things they are allowed by corporate controlled media to talk about. There is plenty of money to put out lies in the media, but next to no money to put out the truth, and it’s getting worse every day!
At least Bernie does talk about income inequality, and that is exactly why these republicans attack him mercilessly, because Bernie is telling the truth, and he is right, and so therefore he threatens to end the massive welfare free lunch that the excessively wealthy welfare kings and queens of America’s one percent have been living high on the hog off of for hundreds of years. Of course they won’t like it and will oppose it with all that they are worth. Perhaps they might even actually have to go to work to earn their living from now on, how horrible! Trying to end this outrage is seen as if it is tyranny to them, when it is really just an attempt at restoring justice for all, just like straight white males all of a sudden feel discriminated against when they have to compete for jobs on a level playing field with women, gays, and people of color and are no longer allowed to exercise white male privilege. Yes, fairness and equality does feel like discrimination and injustice to those who have become accustomed to always having their own way. Every spoiled brat will rebel when he is finally forced to behave himself, but that doesn’t justify keeping him spoiled, especially when he is out of control and causing great harm and death to other innocent people and is even a threat to the health of the entire ecosystem and threatens the very survival of all life on earth! This tyranny and evil state of affairs has gone too far and must be stopped at all costs, this time it’s a matter of survival, and life and death, and not just justice. Therefore, we Americans need to educate ourselves on these issues and stop allowing lying right wing media to manipulate us with half truths and lies, fear mongering, scapegoating, bigotry, and projection, black and white thinking, false narratives, bad research, statistics taken out of context, and brainwashing propaganda repeated over and over. We can never trust anyone who repeatedly lies to us, as Christ said that all lies come from the evil one, so we must work diligently to avoid lies and find out the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and then let truth, and brotherly love guide our lives and our public policies, as truth and love are the weapons of the true God who is good, and Jesus Christ who is the Good Shepherd who will never lead us astray.