Pop quiz! Why is Socialism bad? Is it:
A. Because it doesn’t work under any circumstances ever ever ever no matter what?
B. It works just fine when kept in check but everyone prospers and not just the rich?
If you answered “A”, congratulations! You’re exactly the kind of voter the people who answered “B” are looking for!
The reality is that Socialism is a curse word in America because the rich spent a lot of time and money to convince people that it’s the most evil thing on God’s not-as-green-as-it-used-to-be earth. Why? Because Socialism requires the rich to be a little less rich so the rest of us can have nice things like healthcare, clean food, air and water and a decent education.
And to listen to the National Review Online, the rise of Bernie Socialism is the End of America™:
“The most alarming result, according to [George] Barna, was that four out of every ten adults say they prefer socialism to capitalism,” the ACFI noted in its commentary on the poll. “That is a large minority,” Barna said, “and it includes a majority of the liberals — who will be pushing for a completely different economic model to dominate our nation. That is the stuff of civil wars. It ought to set off alarm bells among more traditionally-oriented leaders across the nation.’”
The problem, according the NRO, is that Socialism can only lead to a Soviet-style system that was, and will always be, unworkable. Of course, we know for a fact that’s complete bullshit because all of western Europe is based on Socialism of varying degrees and they have yet to turn into tyrannical failed states. Sure, most of them got their asses kicked in the Great Recession but any honest analysis of what went wrong will lay the blame squarely at the feet of unregulated Capitalism, not the social welfare state.
Still, NRO’s readers are hyperventilating over the coming wave of Socialism in America:
Because god forbid the poor stop living harsh lives and the ultra rich buy one less super yacht.
NRO is the mouthpiece of the 1% still hard at working convincing the 99% that the only system that works is the one where the rich get richer at everyone else’s expense. Bernie’s kind of Socialism is the boogeyman for the greedy ruling elite of America. Sadly for them, without Soviet Russia to terrify the rubes with, people are losing their fear of Socialism and the basic human decency it provides that unfettered Capitalism never will. Boo. Hoo.