Is Bernie Sanders Socialist
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.