Bernie Sanders needs to start throwing cold water on the term “socialism” and start calling it what it is; “Americanism.” Let me explain.
Every economic system starts with capitalism, that is the accumulation of “wealth” thru one’s efforts. Governments control access to that wealth in a manner which defines them; Fascism, Communism and Socialism are a few examples. Here in the United States, we are, as Sanders says, Democratic Socialists. If that befuddles you, just look around. Every means of acquiring wealth requires the invaluable assistance of taxes and government services.
From the tax-payer paid infrastructure by which your product is made and delivered, to the DARPA technology that fostered it’s creation, we are a “socialist” economy. When government officials lose their way and enact laws which interfere with our economic progress, the “Democratic” arm removes them.
We are not a democracy. A democracy is mob rule. We are a Democratic Republic, where we elect leaders to judge for our overall best interests. They have chosen to fund the military infrastructure, law enforcement, schools, medical research, NASA, guaranteed public education, fire department, Medicare/Medicaid, Colleges, the VA, and oh yeah, Social Security.
I don’t know if Sanders can win, but he should lead with his strengths; without Democratic Socialism, there is no America.