We actually have a socialist running for president. Further, when Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary Clinton were asked to tell the American people the difference between being a Democrat and being a Socialist, they literally blathered, prattled, jabbered and maundered.
Here is what Wasserman Schultz had to say. Chris Matthews asked, “What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Wasserman Schultz was at a loss for words and said nothing. “I used to think there is a big difference. What do you think it is?” Matthews tried again. “A Democrat like Hillary and a socialist like Bernie Sanders.” Wasserman Schultz again was unable to answer and instead tried to tell Matthews what is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. “The more important question is what is the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican,” she said. “What’s the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Matthews again asked. “You’re chairman of the democratic party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist,” Matthews reminded her. “The relevant debate that we’ll be having this campaign is what’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican,” Schultz said.
Chris Matthews asked the same question of Hillary Clinton. “I want to try to help you… locate yourself politically in this country… Now Bernie calls himself a Socialist… He’s never run as a Democrat, he runs against Democrats up there in Vermont. You’re a Democrat… What’s the difference between a Socialist and a Democrat?
HILLARY CLINTON: Well…
MATTHEWS: Is that a question you want to answer, or would you rather not?
CLINTON: Well, you know, I — you’d have to ask…
MATTHEWS: Well, see, I’m asking you. You’re a Democrat, he’s a Socialist. You — would you like someone to call you a Socialist?
CLINTON: But I’m not one.
CLINTON: I’m not one.
This reminds me of schoolyard taunts to a six-year-old and the typical response. Taunt: “Your Mother wears combat boots!” Response: “Does not! Does not!”
The more telling answer would come from Bernie Sanders. Why is he you running as a Democrat if he is a Socialist? Why isn’t he a candidate for the Socialist Party nomination? After all, the United States has a Socialist Party. The Socialist Party of America was formed in 1901 by a merger between the three-year-old Social Democratic Party of America and disaffected elements of the Socialist Labor Party. The answer is patently obvious: THERE IS NO LONGER A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THE SOCIALIST PARTY.
Well, The Rugged Individualist is nothing if not helpful. Here are 20 quotes about socialism to help Debbie and Hillary formulate their answer when the question reemerges.
[These 20 quotes were compiled by John Hawkins. See: Everything You Need To Know About Socialism in 20 Quotes – the Von Mises quote is timeless! ]
1) “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” — Margaret Thatcher
2) “It is the common error of Socialists to overlook the natural indolence of mankind; their tendency to be passive, to be the slaves of habit, to persist indefinitely in a course once chosen. Let them once attain any state of existence which they consider tolerable, and the danger to be apprehended is that they will thenceforth stagnate; will not exert themselves to improve, and by letting their faculties rust, will lose even the energy required to preserve them from deterioration. Competition may not be the best conceivable stimulus, but it is at present a necessary one, and no one can foresee the time when it will not be indispensable to progress.” — John Stuart Mill
3) “Socialism is when government’s taking care of you, you send all your money to the government, the government decides how to spend it instead of letting the people spend it and make all those decisions.” — Bob Latta
4) “We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.” — Adolf Hitler
5) “What distinguished Nazism from other brands of socialism and communism was not so much that it included more aspects from the political right (though there were some). What distinguished Nazism was that it forthrightly included a worldview we now associate almost completely with the political left: identity politics. This was what distinguished Nazism from doctrinaire communism, and it seems hard to argue the marriage of one leftist vision to another can somehow produce right-wing progeny.” — Jonah Goldberg
6) “The goal of socialism is communism.” — Vladimir Lenin
7) “This isn’t new. Those who favor socialism always make the moral case for it. The truth is, maybe they actually believe in it, but in the real world, socialism harms, it weakens the economies of countries that have tried it. It just does. Weaker economies hurt everybody in them. Socialism kills incentive, opportunity, freedom. It is the opposite of what America is all about. Look, socialism always harms the people it claims to help the most. It handicaps them, leaving them weaker, less self-determined, less free.” — Bobby Jindal
8) “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” — Frédéric Bastiat
9) “Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.” — Ben Shapiro
10) “I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.” — Sidney Hook
11) “In 1989, for two hours’ labor at the minimum wage, an American worker could obtain, at a corner Sizzler, a feast more opulent, more nutritionally rich and gastronomically diverse than anything available to almost all the citizens of the socialist world (including the elite) at almost any price.” — David Horowitz
12) “In practice, socialism didn’t work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.” — David Horowitz
13) “I believe that all forms of socialism have been proven over time to result in a loss of both economic and civil liberties, with increasing poverty.” — John Mackey
14) “Socialism values equality more than liberty.” — Dennis Prager
15) “Socialism is for those who think most people are losers. Capitalism is for those who think most people can take care of themselves.” — John Hawkins
16) “Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.” — William Howard Taft
17) “Socialism provides safety in numbers. And that’s OK, if you don’t mind trading your name—your identity and individualism — for a number.” — Jarod Kintz
18) “The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office.” — Ludwig von Mises
19) “Socialists cry ‘Power to the people’, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean–power over people, power to the State.” — Margaret Thatcher
20) “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” — Winston Churchill