What You Need To Know About The Democratic Socialists Of America!

SOCIALISM: The promise of Utopia for all?

I never thought I’d see it here in the greatest country that has ever existed since the beginning of time, but it has finally happened!

The socialists and communists living here in America, and unfortunately some holding powerful Congressional positions in our government, have all come out of the closet! They are no longer hiding their intentions of where they want to drive our nation.

And, God forbid, if they ever gain control they will drive America as we know it today into total ruin and mass chaos!

Danielle Kurtzleben is a political reporter assigned to NPR’s Washington Desk. Here is what her research exposed about the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in an article she wrote on July 26, 2018:

“But for all of its recent growth, socialism is still an idea with a lot of Cold War-era baggage for a lot of Americans. Still, the group has gained new prominence with New York Democrat — and DSA member — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent congressional primary win.

What DSA Members Believe

Here’s how one socialist sums up his beliefs:

‘I think we just need to realize that the end goal is, ultimately, like social control of the means of production,’ said Joe Cernelli, a founding member of that West Virginia DSA chapter. ‘You know we don’t just want to improve capitalism, we will ultimately want to get rid of it.’

That’s not just his idea; the DSA views capitalism as an oppressive system — ‘We see it as fundamentally undemocratic,’ as DSA National Director Maria Svart put it. Here’s how she sums up what the group wants:

‘When it comes right down to it, we believe people need to be able to live a dignified life. I mean, there are certain things that should not be left up to the market,’ she said.

Removing some parts of the economy from the forces of the free market, for example. In other words, socialism.

‘Let’s say you were negotiating at a bargaining table with workers in a bakery, and the workers said, “Look, we want more than a quarter of the bread; we want half of the bread, or we want two-thirds of the bread,” ‘ she said. ‘The socialist would say, “Actually, we want the bakery. We want to control it all, for all of our benefit.” ‘

It’s easy to focus on the “socialist” part here, but the word “democratic” is also a part of the group’s name, and members often stress that part of their ideology. They say putting workers in charge of businesses, for example, necessarily makes those businesses more democratic.”

The real truth is the DSA have included the word “democratic” to soften their name and deceive folks into thinking socialism can’t be all that bad, it’s just our current form of government with a twist!

I’m guessing that most Americans today believe our system of government is a democracy yet don’t even know what that really means! It’s the only word everyone uses to describe America’s form of government and it’s flat out wrong!

A “democracy” is government by majority or mob rule. The majority can impose its will on the minority (i.e. socialism/communism). The U.S.A. is not a democracy, thank God!

 The U.S.A. is a Constitutional Republic. We are governed by the rule of law. Our  elected representatives (Senate and House of Representatives) are bound by oath to the written governing limits (i.e. our constitution) yet vote together and create laws to address the concerns of the represented.

Kurtzleben continues, “But beyond that, the group advocates for some pretty revolutionary changes to democracy, like abolishing the Senate. (HELLO!) The DSA calls it “extremely unrepresentative” for the way it gives both tiny and huge states alike two senators each — the group would like to replace it with a more representative body. (That’s why the House of Representatives exists. Obviously, these socialists have no clue why these two chambers exist, and more importantly, what their unique responsibilities are!)

The country — and the attitudes of most American voters — are pretty far from this vision, though, so the DSA is willing to pursue policies that fall short of its ultimate goals. Health care is one example — the group backs “Medicare for All” — where the government provides health insurance, but the private sector supplies the doctors and hospitals. But many DSA members would prefer a system where the government employs the doctors themselves. (Government always knows best!) NOT!

The most prominent champion of “Medicare for All” is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. While Sanders considers himself a democratic socialist, he is not a DSA member, and his views don’t fully align with the DSA. That’s true of members like Cernelli, as well.

‘I think we could do better than Bernie, but I think it was definitely a good start,’ he said. ‘There are some policies that I think he’s been a little too soft on, a little too Democrat for me.’ (Hello communism!)

And this gets at something important about the DSA: while the DSA has its stated goals, there’s no orthodoxy members have to follow.

‘I’d say one of its strengths is that it’s a big tent — at least on the left,’ said Maurice Isserman, a professor of history at Hamilton College and a charter member of the DSA. ‘People come in describing themselves as libertarian socialists or social democrats or anarchists or whatever you know as long as they subscribe to the basic tenets of the organization they can maintain their own political identity within it.’

And likewise, Svart says, the group sees Sanders as an “ally” while also wanting to go further than he does on many areas.

It can be really hard to nail down what, exactly, the DSA wants, just by talking to members. There are regional chapters nationwide, each with different priorities, and those chapters have members with different socialist ideas.

What Policies They Support

Beyond that unifying ideology, the group doesn’t have a platform that lays out a comprehensive list of positions on a range of topics. (They do now! See Green New Deal below)

However, the group does have three major current campaigns it has agreed upon: “Medicare for All,” strengthening unions, and electing Democratic Socialists.

“Medicare for All”: This is a term getting thrown around among progressives these days. The basic idea is to take Medicare, which is in part free and in part subsidized for seniors, and give it to everyone else, too. (WONDERFUL!)

‘We don’t want something that’s a half measure,’ Svart explained. ‘We want to get private industry totally out of the system. We just want to make sure everybody’s in. Everybody gets health care.’

This isn’t an entirely new idea. In fact, Bernie Sanders talked about it a lot in his presidential campaign. And he got attacked for how much it could cost — by one estimate, $32 trillion over 10 years.

Strengthening unions: Svart explained that this involves helping out workers who are organizing or negotiating.

‘What that looks like is we show up on picket lines when workers are trying to form a union or negotiate a contract,’ she said. ‘If their unions are kind of sitting with their head in the sand and they’re not really being effective at organizing their co-workers, we support members organizing their co-workers.’

But once again, these are examples of the group’s willingness to accept incremental steps on the way to its bigger, much more radical goals.

For example, take the DSA’s focus on strengthening unions. The group is helping workers organize now, but it’s ultimately in favor of worker-run cooperatives in many industries, as well as putting workers on corporate boards.

How They Fit Into American Politics

Even with only a handful of primary victories for the group’s candidates, as well as 45,000 members — a tiny number in the grand scheme of American politics — the group’s new visibility is a big deal, Isserman says.

‘This is the most important moment in DSA’s history,’ he said.

‘Thanks to the economic downturn of 2008, which turned the millennial generation in a significant way to the left, it made them much more open to the idea of socialism (YAHOO! Freebies for everyone!),’ Isserman explained.

On top of that, he added, movements like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street acquainted young Americans with organizing, making them more open to a group like DSA, with its ambitious agenda. And Bernie Sanders, despite not being a DSA member, claimed the label of “democratic socialist,” helping the group gain visibility as well.

‘There are a couple of issues that I think will be interesting tells as indicators to what sort of impact they may have,’ said Mo Elleithee, former communications director for the Democratic National Committee. ‘The most recent one is eliminating ICE.’

Ocasio-Cortez championed the idea of eliminating the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and some Democratic lawmakers have picked it up. That could be one growing sign of DSA clout.

Then again, though, it could be easy to mistake the group’s newfound visibility for political power.

He recognizes that the post-2016 Democratic Party has been moving left, on policies like “Medicare for All” and job guarantees. But Elleithee says that’s not evidence that socialists caused the shift among Democrats

‘Maybe that’s the distinction,’ he said. ‘There’s a progressive (read “socialist”) wing of the party that I think is having an impact and is helping to frame the debate.’

In other words, it’s not that a more popular DSA — or even socialists more broadly — is pulling the party left, it’s that leftward-moving Democrats (read “socialists”) are making the group more popular.

Still, a lot of the group’s policies — even if they are gaining more adherents — face an uphill battle (a battle we freedom-loving constitutionalists must never lose!). Because of potential cost and also just the radical changes involved, DSA ideas are often criticized as economically and politically unrealistic.

For a voter who thinks the Democratic Party is balking too much, swinging for the fences just seems like the best option.”

Here is a summary of the resolution Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez submitted to the House of Representatives for the creation of a Green New Deal.

God help us, and may God continue to bless the United States of America as it was founded, a Constitutional Republic of the people, for the people, and by the people!

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