You might have seen a video that’s making the rounds – a 20-something who looks like he just rolled out of bed after a Jaegermeister bender night preaches why we should all embrace that warm and fuzzy bear known as “Democratic Socialism.” Personally, when I was in my 20s the mornings after Jaeger nights were made up of getting a greasy breakfast and a good workout to get through the previous night’s poison & then probably sacking out on the couch & watching Sports Center. Hey, it was the 90s – Sports Center was a lot more watchable back then. I didn’t go on incoherent political rants like this, but given how little politics interested me back then I probably wouldn’t have made any more sense than this twerp.
I was alerted to this by Liberato’s Chris Wright, who writes a beautifully scathing point by point takedown of the video. He begins by observing:
At the outset, it’s worth noting that you can’t easily find out who made this video or why. it’s a hallmark of the hard Left and should tell you something.
and never takes his foot of the gas. If you want a well reasoned, carefully thought out and thoroughly researched piece, read the entire post at Liberato, because that kind of analysis is not happening here!
When I learned of this video I was in the midst of pushing out my five part “Mind of the Leftist” series while preparing for a long weekend of out of town R and R with the family. But this video is too much of a masterpiece of leftist horse hockey, and now it’s time to give it the mockery it deserves! If you’ve read the analysis at Liberato, the prevailing theme is how dishonest the Radical Left has to be to fool the naive into accepting their extremist agendas. So why not use their tactic and butcher the English language to show how this video is clearly meant to promote the one candidate who can make its vision happen. Once the speaker starts getting into the substance of his beliefs I’ll reveal who the new champion of Democratic Socialism is. There’s only one way to go out through this video – Piece by Piece!
Socialism seems like a scary word but a recent poll shows a majority of Millennials don’t even know what it means. So why is presidential candidate and time traveler Doc Brown advocating for something the older generation fears and the younger generation doesn’t know anything about?
So far so good – people who think that fictitious characters from a 30 year old movie are running for president probably aren’t well versed on the issues. Or anything else – do kids today still sniff airplane glue?
Because he’s not he’s using the term democratic socialism which means something else entire. What’s the difference? Explore in this episode of long-form whether you agree with Bernie Sanders political views or not, it’s important for Americans to understand the difference between traditional socialism and democratic socialism. It seems a lot of people are just here in the socialism part of the phrase and immediately prepping their underground bunkers.
Not everybody is prepping bunkers – that just would only be the people whose homes are being shelled by neighboring countries led by Socialist rule and prefer to not have it imposed back onto them! (See: Ukraine)
Let’s first break down what socialism is since its not communists and this is what a lot of people equate it with. Communism is an extreme form of socialism just like fascism and markets are extreme forms of conservatism. I know lots of words but the point is their extreme parts of any political party and socialism is not automatically equal communism.
Actually, Fascism runs right alongside Communism under extreme leftism – look no further than any college campus today if you want to see the best examples of Fascism. And as for markets being an extreme form of conservatism, he forgot to include the word “free” in front of the word “market.” The Radical Left only likes freedom until they’re in power.
But now that we’ve gotten past the speaker’s purring as to why we should not fear Democratic Socialism, let’s get into the substance of what it stands for. And after you hear this it is obvious that there is only one candidate who Democratic Socialists can support, and that candidate is… Ted Cruz!
But it does equal is the idea that people should run the country and not big businesses banks and corporations.
Wow, just like the candidate who promises to fight the many corporations representing the Chamber of Commerce who want to displace American workers with cheap foreign ones, not to mention compromising national security? And let’s not forget the most vile, evil of those corporations who seek to own the country – Viacom, Disney, the New York Times Corp, Comcast, etc. They don’t seem too fond of our chosen one – Yep, that would be Ted!
It also says that the society should be a place where all people work as equals in cooperation for the common good.
Work as equals? You’ll get no better advocate for equal protection under law and equality of opportunity (not outcome) than this sharp-minded prosecutor!
Versions of socialism advocate that free markets and money should not exist that people should be working for the good of the men and women in their community. Now just by Fox News and the Conservative Party might have you believe this is not what democratic socialism is. Democratic socialism is socialism through the ballot box that says changes in the government and society should be through fair elections.
Somehow we jumped from people accurately telling you that Democratic Socialism is taking your stuff to meaning that it supports free elections – you can get behind Ted on free elections!
Democratic socialism also says the basic foundations of a society should be provided for through the government so that the people of that state can have a happy healthy life.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Uncle Teddy will never get in the way of that!
It is not do away with free markets, private businesses, or your freedom.
Amazing – once again Ted supports this too!
Unsurprisingly it’s already playing a huge part of our country and you may not even realize it Some of the most obvious are things like Medicare and Social Security the people don’t realize the reason we have a military, national parks, prisons in the whole justice system, public transportation, disposal of your toilet waste, garbage collection, firefighters, police officers, even the road you drive on our because of democratic socialism
Like many leftist theories, we’ve had to really lower the bar for what we’re willing to believe. And I haven’t been able to find specifics, but I’m pretty sure that Cruz does not oppose running toilets, firefighters, or even roads. Chalk up another one for the good guys!
and the Republican Party was recently been calling out Bernie Sanders ideas as un-american
Only because they are, and “Doc Brown” is proud of it! LOL
perhaps don’t realize the things they love most right now, Border Protection, is also a democratic socialist program.
Protecting borders from foreign invasion is DS? Wow, this goes deeper than I thought – every civilization since the dawn of time has been Democratic Socialist!
The most impactful of these programs I would argue is that democratic socialism is the reason why every single child in this country has the right to get an education to high school and not here done but let’s look at the flip side really quick. These programs do take my hand because the government would have to pay for them it would have to increase taxes in some way. In countries successfully implementing the programs bernie sanders is advocating for like universal health care and free public college tuition taxes are higher, especially on the upper class, but because of these taxes they don’t have to pay for things like going to the hospital or getting an education they don’t have premiums are student debt they have a more equal distribution of wealth and generally higher standard of living.
If by higher standard of “living”, you mean high unemployment, being in a “health care” system whose levels of compassion allow its patients to die of starvation and dehydration, and pushing a regressive tax onto citizens who don’t attend college – maybe not so much. But better education and dismantling an expensive, inefficient health care law to raise everyone’s standard of living? In Cruz we trust!
So it’s time we get rid of the stigma around socialism and look at the individual policies being proposed do we agree with them if you don’t that’s ok. But at least you know what you’re voting against come election time and not just advocating blindly against the phrase you might not understand
And hopefully any lefties reading this (from both the Democrat and Republican parties!) are no longer advocating blindly against a candidate they don’t understand.
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OK, I was obviously having fun with this – Uncle Teddy is no more a Democratic Socialist than Democratic Socialism is as sweet & cuddly as this kid is chirping. And the transcript isn’t perfect – I used Youtube’s transcript of the talk, but I doubt that fixing the minor grammatical errors would have made the arguments presented any more honest or coherent.
And all kidding aside, it is disturbing that an ideology is so flawed, so viscous and with such a spectacular track record of failure throughout history is still accepted by the true believers today. For all that Europe is supposed to be our ideal, the old continent is a walking corpse. Any culture that can only survive by replacing its population with people who despise the values of their new home country is destined to die. Although not a perfect parallel, Venezuela’s societal collapse is just Europe on a faster time line.
I guess that the one takeaway question here is for anyone who claims that Socialism works. It’s a fairly simple one, but as the video shows will probably not get a straight answer – How do you define “works”?
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog