What’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? Can’t think of it. You’re not alone. The Democratic Party chief doesn’t know either.
Not that you’re in good company, but let’s face it, if the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee can’t answer the question, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, may as well be crowned the Democratic Party presidential nomination (and I do mean crowned since socialists aren’t really interested in elections).
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was asked the difference by none other than MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who’s no model of the moderate and endangered Blue Dog Democrat (you’d think Blue Dogs would have been put on a protected species list by now).
Yet, even Matthews seemed adrift when DWS couldn’t answer, according to video captured by the Washington Free Beacon.
Matthews said he thought there’s a big difference, which was his way of trying to help DWS make a distinction since most adult Americans, while completely uneducated on the facts, are infused with the notion that socialism is bad. After all, here’s a short list of some famous socialist leaders:
- Vladimir Lenin
- Josef Stalin
- Mao Tse Tung
- Fidel Castro
- Pol Pot
Matthews asked the question because he wanted to know if the Democrats are going to give Sanders a good speaking spot in the Democratic National Convention next year.
Without committing to a time slot, Wasserman-Schultz said, of course, Sanders should speak at the convention because “we are a big tent party.”
But how ironic would it be if Sanders actually got the nomination? After all, how is Sanders even allowed to run in the Democratic primary? He has never run for elected office as a Democrat.
For those who don’t recall, the definition of socialism according to the World Socialist Organization is:
“The establishment of a system of society based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the whole community.”
In case you’re running into some confusion, “democratic” means “government,” not “by the people” in this definition, which helps one to understand why there’s so little difference between Democrats and socialists.
In a humorous yet disturbing look at the U.S. Socialist Party manifesto (why is Bernie Sanders not a party member?), capitalism is equated with political suppression.
“Socialists regard the distortion of personal life and interpersonal relations under capitalism as a political matter. Socialism must ultimately improve life; this cannot be accomplished by demanding that personal lives be sacrificed for the movement.”
Ironic, isn’t it?
On Friday morning, former Republican congressional candidate Dan Bongino gave an impassioned explanation of core socialist principles (fast-forward to minute 17:15 for the invigorating radio segment).
Even if the U.S. Socialist Party can’t seem to gin up the popular support to be taken seriously as a party, the populace is so dumbed down by Democratic-led schooling and a nonstop crush toward an ownerless society that a plurality can’t even distinguish the difference between the principles of Democrats and socialists.
CNN is touting a Quinnipiac poll that says Sanders would beat Donald Trump, 59-38 percent, in an election if it were held today, which goes to show you how successful the Democrats have been toward moving this country toward socialism.