The Patriot Post® · Most Democrats Are Clueless About Socialism
American attitudes toward socialism have shifted significantly since our nation fought the National Socialists of Germany in World War II. For one thing, decades of indoctrination in the U.S. “education” system has led millions of Americans to believe Nazis weren’t left-wing socialists and that, instead, they were “right wing.” This type of confusion about what socialism even means leads to a more favorable opinion of it.
A recent Gallup survey finds, “While 51% of U.S. adults say socialism would be a bad thing for the country, 43% believe it would be a good thing. Those results contrast with a 1942 Roper/Fortune survey that found 40% describing socialism as a bad thing, 25% a good thing and 34% not having an opinion.”
Later, Gallup notes, “Additionally, while a majority of Democrats view socialism positively, that is not a major change in the eight years Gallup has tracked this metric. The major shift over this time has been the reduced rate of Democrats who now view capitalism positively (47%).”
It’s worth noting that, for many folks, “approval” of socialism can be summed up in their dislike for President Donald Trump. So take the results with a grain of salt.
But, again, at a deeper level, there is rampant ignorance about the term. Most people, particularly young people, have no idea what socialism actually is, or they associate it with the European version that includes socialized medicine and social services nested in free-enterprise economies.
In order to win these votes, Democrats have been pushing their “Better Deal” socialism for several years now. Given the monolithic reach of their Leftmedia super PAC, it’s no wonder increasing numbers of Americans find it appealing. Democrats offer all the “free stuff” without mentioning the disastrous and deadly results of socialism. After all, what’s so bad about the government taking care of health care and education? It’s less bad if you don’t associate socialism with the multiple totalitarian examples of actual socialism throughout the last 100 years.
The terminus of socialism is tyranny, and that is antithetical to the Liberty bequeathed to Americans by our Founders. It’s hard to overstate the importance of educating our countrymen about that truth.