As Bernie gains momentum, it will be important for us to explain democratic socialism properly
This past Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders made it perfectly clear, to those who’ve never heard of him, that he is a democratic socialist. Needless to say, almost immediately, the American right wing and even some on the left, lost their collective minds.
It was bound to come out, but I wondered if it was wise of Sanders to just go on and full out say the “S-word.” When you think about it for a minute, his vision for America is closer to what the majority of the people actually want for this country; they just don’t know what it’s called yet.
When people talk about the reforms they want to see happen in Washington DC, they talk about a stronger middle class, a decrease in the corruption that comes from money in politics, racial and gender equality alongside LGBT rights and at the same time, less government intervention in our personal lives.
If I told you that you were much more likely to find those views on the Bernie Sanders’ ticket, and virtually none of them on the Trump or Carson platforms, you might not believe me. If that were the case, I’d ask you to take a deeper look into Democratic Socialism before you give your allegiance over once again to the corrupt machine destroying our country from within.
Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically – to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. The Republicans love to talk about the Founding Fathers and pretend that their policies harken back to the days when our country first started. The problem with that argument is, when you look at the way things are today with few people having a stake in so much and profiting from terrible exploitation of everyone else, that’s exactly what it was like back then. The only difference between then and now is the fat few were the English, and we wanted them out.
When you take a closer look at Bernie Sanders and democratic socialists in general, what you actually find is a movement centered in people taking care of people. We were all taught in school that the United States system of government is a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”
With a strong push to decrease the power of corporate money in politics, the democratic socialists intend to redirect the interests of politics to the people, not corporations or plutocrats. When people feel they actually make a difference in society, they’re much more likely to vote and participate, rather than feel helpless on the sidelines.
Empowering ordinary people in the workplace and the economy is a serious issue you simply will not hear discussed at a Republican debate. It might be brought up, but no one is going to have an answer that makes sense for the middle and lower classes. Starting from the top and working downward is all the Republicans have been doing since the 1980s. They have no new vision, and they’re not going to find one anytime soon.
The reason they won’t find a new vision is that they are not actually committed to all people being created equal. They tout “working hard” as being the key to success, that everyone has opportunity in America. But the fact is American society is far from the opportunity factory the Republicans make it out to be.
They say it’s a fair playing field, but how can you call a society where the minimum wage cannot support you and your family fair? How can you call our society equal when, in order to educate yourself to improve your station, you have to acquire crippling debt?
The right wing in this country will go into their classic fear-mongering mode in order to scare the masses away from Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism. It threatens to undo what Republicans have been building since Reagan first started to dismantle the New Deal.
Do not be deceived, democratic socialism and its ideals are far more democratic and inclusive than our plutocrats and our current system. Do yourself and the country a favor before the election cycle rounds the bend into election madness, research democratic socialism and look into Bernie Sanders’ platform.
I know that many will simply dismiss the idea and equate socialism with communism or perhaps Satan, but whether you’re a centrist or even a left leaning Democrat, please do your homework before you do so. You’ll be less a fool for it.