Republicans To Thank For ‘Socialist’ Appeal
For so many years now, Republicans have called anyone to the left of them a “Socialist”. Spit out as a slur, they tried to pin the label on everyone from Eisenhower to Obama. Now, it is backfiring on them in a big way.
Enter Bernie Sanders. Admittedly, he’s a socialist-lite; calling for a mix of capitalism and a strong safety net, but he’s not afraid to use the “S” word. Thanks to the failure of Republican policies and the flawed argument that it’s a one or the other choice between capitalism or socialism, many have come to see the only alternative to what they view as a failed system as “Socialism”.
In addition to the excitement for the Sanders campaign, new polls show that Socialism isn’t viewed as it once was, especially among the young. A recent YouGov survey found that one-third of millennials actually view Socialism favorably.
So, by oversimplifying their arguments and using “Socialist” to describe anything they disagree with, Republicans have actually made Socialism a viable choice. To many – particularly young people – Socialism isn’t a slur, it’s simply the alternative to a conservative movement they want absolutely no part of.
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A proud 'pragmatic progressive' Mark Quincy Adams has been a political
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