How do Democrats perceive socialism? Generally, at least as revealed by some at the DNC, Tiffany Gabbay from theBlaze found out that for many on the left, the perception of socialism isn't so bad.
There are two recent articles regarding socialism from two different perspectives. One of the articles is from Diana West at the Sentinel, called "Politics Today: A vote for Romney is a vote against socialism." Ms. West makes some great observations. She notes that in the beginning of the Obama campaign way back in 2008, "the media consistently failed to report that the statist beliefs of the Democratic presidential nominee came straight from the socialist playbook." She speculates that the media was not even aware of this themselves. West notes that back in the last election cycle, there was "a feeling that such labeling is taboo."
Even Obama's infamous comment made to Joe the Plumber about spreading the wealth didn't stop people from voting for him, despite the fact that as James Pethokoukis at US News stated, "Was he somehow channeling that left-wing populist from the Depression?" Pethokoukis continued to explain that he had spoken with a University of Chicago professor who was close to Obama. He reported that "This professor said that Obama was as close to a full-out Marxist as anyone who has ever run for president of the United States." Of course, why would anyone pay attention to that?
During Obama's presidency, Americans have seen double the amount of her citizens on food stamps and double the amount of people on Social Security disability. One recent government report finds that many people receive "overlapping" benefits, i.e., unemployment coupled with disability. The overwhelming and unfathomable amount of debt, and the stimulus packages should clue people in that America is going in the direction of a socialist system under this president. The president's so-called "Jobs Bill" is actually another 450 billion dollar "stimulus" package, in addition to TARP, which ended up being 840 billion dollars, and by many accounts, has not really done much to strengthen the economy.
Is this what Americans want?
The other article reflects the standard rhetoric about the "evil" tea party. Titled, "The right wing uses fear tactics," by Phil DeFriez at the Standard, it claims that the right wing is attempting to "demonize" progressive ideology by comparing it with socialism. He laments, "One of their favorite pitches is that President Obama and the Democrats are pushing us into socialism. Not true."
"The irony of this tactic is that so many of this party's leaders and their base are Christians. Many feel they are 'Born again' and will inherit God's Kingdom. Do they ever stop to think and realize that God's kingdom will not be a capitalistic society where making wealth and personal gain is the primary driving force?"
Speaking of irony, it is ironic that DeFriez is denying the progressive socialist impulses while bashing capitalism.
Back to theBlaze article by Benny Johnson about perceptions of Socialism at the Democratic National Convention. Tiffany Gabbay asked a simple question to many of the delegates. "What do you think about socialism?" The answers varied. One man said that it is the "American Way" and one lady says, "I wish we had it!" The video can be found here.
Another revealing video along a similar vein is of Peter Schiff, who posed as an "an anti-business crusader," and asked some DNC attendees how they would feel about banning profits. Well, many are totally cool with that, of course!