The Republican Party stalwarts are trying their best to label the Democratic Party, “Democrat Socialist Party.” This is a blatant attempt on the part of reactionary Republicans to find a saw for their followers in the face of their new label, “The No Party.”
The sponsors of this move in the Republican Party don’t even realize that the official name for Democrats is the Democratic Party, with the ic added after Democrat. For moderate Republicans, it must be embarrassing when your own party leaders don’t even know the official name of the opposition.
Also, the Republican sponsors don’t seem to have a clue as to the meaning of socialism. They want their followers to believe that this is part of the scary communist plot from the nineteen fifties. Call someone a socialist and ignorant Americans will think they are communists being called out from the old Soviet Union. These same sponsors are McCarthyites who need a straw dog to show that there is an enemy out there to be opposed. “Be afraid, be very afraid!”
Republicans who buy into this fear-mongering are probably the recipients of a socialist society here in the United States and don’t know it. To start with, most probably attended public schools, drive on public highways, took a book out at the public library, mailed a letter through the public post office, received social security, needed unemployment benefits at one time or another, got their medications through Medicare or the Veterans’ Administration, probably deposited their money in a bank knowing that the Federal government guaranteed their deposits, believed in the Federal Reserve system, and the list goes on and on. Many probably believe that some form of health insurance for all Americans is necessary as all of us watch our health benefits depreciate.
My conclusion: If the reactionary wing of the Republican Party wants to call me (an independent Democrat) a socialist to go along with my belief in small d democracy, then I will gladly welcome us to the rest of the industrialized nations of the world and will feel good that we are finally leaving the 19th century America of “free enterprise” and “capitalism” behind.
Call me a “Democratic Socialist,” thank you very much!