I’ve been upfront that I have my doubts about Bernie Sanders’ electability on a national level. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like the man, I just try to be a realist when it comes to politics. While his age will be a factor with some people (as unfair as that is), it’s the “socialist” label that’s really going to cause a lot of problems come the general election.
I know many Sanders supporters will be quick to point out that he’s a democratic socialist, but that’s not going to matter. If he wins the nomination, the only word that’s going to be constantly repeated over and over next fall by Republicans is “socialist” and they’ll use it in every single attack ad against him.
And according to the most recent Gallup numbers, fear-mongering against his socialist label has a high likelihood of working.
That being said, I find it slightly comical that Republicans (and some conservative Democrats) scoff at the idea of socialism. The truth is, this country has been partially driven by socialism for decades. In fact, most Americans absolutely love socialism.
Yes, Republicans, I’m talking about you as well. You see, all you conservatives reading this – you’re all fans of socialism whether you like it or not.
In fact, let me take a moment to address Republicans who will undoubtedly freak the hell out at the sheer mention of the word “socialism” if Sanders were to become the Democratic nominee.
Oh, I know, you all don’t agree with me that you’re fans of socialism, right? You’re not a socialist – you’re a “freedom-loving capitalist that wouldn’t dare support evil socialism. Praise be to Jesus!”
*By the way, Jesus Christ was probably the ultimate socialist.
So answer me this, have you ever:
- Driven on public roads?
- Attended public schools?
- Eaten food that didn’t make you sick thanks to safety standards?
- Deposited money into a bank because you knew even in the event of a robbery your funds are insured?
- Visited a public library?
- Collected Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid?
- Called 9/11 in the unfortunate need for police, fire or medical assistance?
- Received mail from the United States Postal Service?
- Bragged about and saluted our military?
- Taken out a student loan or grant?
- Had your garbage collected by city services?
- Used any form of public transportation?
Because if you’ve utilized anything I just listed (as well as numerous other things in this country), and you’re glad they existed when you needed them – you’re supporting socialism. Everything I just listed above is, in one way or another, paid for and/or subsidized by the government via taxes.
Do you know how our military became the most powerful human-made killing machine in Earth’s 4 billion year history? Because we socialized the hell out of it.
Yes, any conservative whose livelihood and medical care is largely based on Social Security and Medicare is quite literally living on socialism. In fact, without that socialism many of you might be homeless or dead.
The truth is, this nation is a based upon a form of socialist capitalism. Our nation was stronger economically 50+ years ago when we were more socialist than what we are today. Back when taxes were higher, unions were stronger, education was better and income inequality wasn’t really an issue.
It wasn’t until the bullshit notion of trickle-down economics (which is just an elaborate con predicated on the redistribution of wealth from 98 percent of Americans to the top 2 percent) was thrust upon us that everything started spiraling out of control.
For those Republicans still doubting that you’re all socialists, I have a simple way to prove it: Go find any conservative you know who’s currently receiving Social Security and/or Medicare then mention you’re in favor of eliminating or cutting their benefits – see how that goes for you. I’ll go ahead and guess that their reaction won’t be positive. Though that’s a bit of a trick question, because any true “hater of socialism” wouldn’t accept either government benefit.
So, if Bernie Sanders happens to win the Democratic nomination, and leading up to the general election your party predictably starts the incessant fear-mongering about the “terrifying socialist,” just remember one thing: If you’ve benefitted from anything I listed above in this article, you’re probably a big fan of socialism.
Even if you refuse to admit it.
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