A position I've held since I took my first college level economics course was that the democrat party was not functionally a political part that advocated democracy. It was, based on all measures, intents, and actions of its members a socialist party. Of course, I was laughed at when I said the democrats were socialists because "socialism" and "socialist" were pejoratives we reserved for the evil Soviet empire and communism during the 80's. However, there in my economics textbook, was statistics showing the government spending just shy of 35% GDP and the democrats were advocating for even MORE spending. This, combined with my independent mind, convinced me of precisely what the democrat party was.
The next twenty years passed by, and like Overton's Window, we've slowly, but surely moved more and more to the left. Also during this time my friends who once mocked and ridiculed me as "Oh crazy Clarey! You funny Republican you!" started having kids, jobs, and adult responsibilities. And soon I wasn't that "one crazy republican at the party, bringing the buzz down," but a respected economist that even my most ardent detractors of days past had to agree with.
So, as further proof that this country has moved to the left, and quite rapidly so allow me to point out a curious observation. Bernie Sander's poll numbers.
As it stands right now Bernie is the front runner for the democratic presidential nomination. Bernie as you know is an avowed socialist, replete with a lack of any real world private sector experience, 1960's hippie expertise, upper middle class upbringing, and an entire career as a soft-hands, work-free politician. However, what should be shocking to you is that a SOCIALIST, a person who advocates banishing private property, a person who wants to have the same economic system as the Soviets, Venezuela, Cuba, and Argentina, is so warmly welcomed by democrat voters.
This shift, though shocking, was entirely predictable. For while we were told and aware of the evils of socialism in the 1980's, nearly two new generations have since been brainwashed by the K-College government education system. Thus why we've gone from:
President Kennedy willing to go to war with the Soviets in 1962
To Ronald Reagan breaking their backs in 1985.
To Bill Clinton wetting the panties Gen X girls with his saxophone in 1992.
To Barack Obama wetting the panties of Millennial girls (and boys) with his government checks and nationalized health care in 2008 and 2012.
And now, so complete was this brainwashing of the younger generations, Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, is the front runner of the democrat party, even beating out Hillary Clinton, no rightist herself.
The larger point is to point out and tip my hat to the democrat party and their various leftist organizations. They have MASTERFULLY taken over the country's key institutions with the conscious and intended purpose of brainwashing America's youth to the point they are so naive and ignorant about history they have NO PROBLEMS voting for a socialist. It is a PR stunt no different than getting two generations to vote for nazis (who actually have a lesser track record of murdering innocents than socialism).
However, to all my friends who patted me on the head 20 years ago dismissing me as alarmist. And to those of you who voted for Bill Clinton or even Obama in 2008 because you thought they were "cool," I just want to say "I told you so."
Socialism is no longer a four letter word.
Enjoy the decline.