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Is Bernie Sanders Socialist

Updated on March 5, 2016

The short answer is NO. Bernie Sanders is no socialist but Bernie makes it difficult for his supporters to rationalize with those who've already made up their minds about the socialism system.

Despite the growing movement which Bernie dubbed a Revolution, a very large sector of the country shuns away from the idea of socialism altogether. A simple survey reveals that most people "believe socialism is bad" but very few are able to articulate what socialism is about. The irony however is that Bernie Sanders is not a socialist but he labeled himself such when he became mayor of Burlington, Vermont.

Maybe he likes the label, maybe he likes the system but whatever it is, nothing that the senator has done during his more than four decades in politics suggests he is socialist. But He will be quick to tell you he is a "democratic socialist" which brings me to my previous statement that he really likes the word "socialist". It has to be somewhere in his life.

There is nothing wrong about liking something (word, color, food, etc.) but the 'socialism' word, although it serves him well in the state of Vermont, may become the most difficult obstacle for Bernie to remove. Already, his opponent, has made use of it several times to explain how bad it would be for the country to embrace Bernie's ideas. Although Mrs. Clinton has backed away from using the "scare tactic" it will surely be used in the general elections, should Bernie becomes the nominee.

It is perhaps time for Mr. Sanders to explain to the American public in general and his supporters in particular why he considers himself a socialist. That missing piece is probably what's keeping many from joining the Bernie's revolution. He owes it to himself, to his campaign, to the country and most importantly to his supporters.

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    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Not in classic sense. He's not advocating state-owned anything, is he? Taxes collected used for public good, not private gain...that's how I see him. There is also a movement called Conscious Capitalism. Like they say 1% tax on big biz could solve world hunger. I know plenty of very wealthy people give a lot of money to a lot of things...the thing is, it'd be much better if we could have those things without the need for charity.

      Trust me, I'm sure people would rather make enough at their job to survive than take charity or food stamps. The real charity is the deal we give big biz. Allowing dirt wages, while ceo's make a fortune.

      In America, socialism is a scam term used to conjure up Hitler and Stalin, so the Richistans can continue to rob us blind. IMO

    • tsadjatko profile image

      2 years ago from now on

      Even Barack Obama, Hiliary and Bill sure want you to believe they weren't born in wealth.

      Yeah, like Ben Carson was born in wealth and I suppose LMC you never heard of these billionaires none of whom came from wealth!

      Kenny Troutt, the founder of Excel Communications, paid his way through college by selling life insurance.

      Starbucks' Howard Schultz grew up in a housing complex for the poor.more than 16,000 outlets worldwide.

      Investor Ken Langone's parents worked as a plumber and cafeteria worker.

      Born into poverty, Oprah Winfrey

      At one time, businessman Shahid Khan washed dishes for $1.20 an hour. He's now one of the richest people in the world

      Mega-resort owner Kirk Kerkorian dropped out of school in the eighth grade to become a boxer.

      John Paul DeJoria, the man behind a hair-care empire and Patron Tequila, once lived in a foster home and his car.

      Forever 21 founder Do Won Chang worked as a janitor, gas station attendant, and in a coffee shop when he first moved to America.

      Ralph Lauren was once a clerk at Brooks Brothers dreaming of men's ties.

      Luxury goods mogul Francois Pinault quit high school in 1974 after being bullied for being poor.s Saint Laurent.

      Leonardo Del Vecchio grew up in an orphanage and later worked in a factory where he lost part of his finger.

      Legendary trader George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary and arrived in London as an impoverished college student.

      After his father died, business magnate Li Ka-shing had to quit school to help support his family.

      Harold Simmons grew up in a shack with no plumbing or electricity.

      Oracle's Larry Ellison dropped out of college after his adoptive mother died and held odd jobs for eight years.

      The direction you want this country to go in is nothing like the country these men grew up in which enabled the American dream to be their reality...we need to go back not forward to socialism that makes everyone miserable.

      To even think otherwise is to be looking for an excuse for your own lack of ambition, character and work ethic.

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      Mike Ducheine 

      2 years ago from New York, NY

      Do you think Bernie is Socialist?

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Ask any socialist if America is socialist, they will laugh in your face.

      We have those who appreciate American gvt, and those who dont. Those who don't want no taxes, no regulations, no concept of equality, simply jungle rule.

      Those born into wealth get a good life, those born into poverty can suck eggs.

      They don't want a gvt that helps people up, simply one that keeps the top at the top.

      A true plutocracy and robber baron haven is what 40 years of gvt hate has given us.

      I suggest those who don't like the American gvt should move somewhere else.

      Perhaps no taxation, no extradition Saudi Arabia would be more to their liking.

      Do what pleases their selves, with no thought for others. Waited on hand and foot. The Superior People.

      Otherwise, I would appreciate it if you stop insulting my country.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      2 years ago from now on

      Socialist Bernie yes, but that statement is nothing but liberal Bernie. Yes liberals want everyone equal, not by helping them reach the bar of equality but by lowering the bar to their level. Liberals want everyone equally miserable.

      The inference you can take from his statement "I want more people in the country going to college than going to jail" is that jail birds are college material if only they had your money to pay for it. Or maybe we should not have any qualifications to attend college and just give a degree to everyone.

      Although there may be the rare case that "your money" would have helped a few who find themselves in jail to have gone to college what separates them from the many penniless college hopefuls who, instead of choosing crime found a way to get an education is character. It's all about character, not money. Your money, tax dollars, is a liberal's false solution to every problem society has. They know it, they don;t want to help anyone except the government to grow in size and power over our lives and for everyone to be equally poor, except of course themselves, after all they are elite limousine liberals, they deserve to have the best.


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