Even if he was unable to overcome Hillary Clinton’s crony-stacked DNC, socialist crank Bernie Sanders has put his own stamp on the Democratic party which he wants to remake in his own image.
The lack of a leader in the wasteland of the post-Obama era has only ensured that the kookiest and loudest voices are the ones that have any influence and the more that those voices call for a rejection of American values, revolution, and open borders, the farther left that the party drifts as it devolves into something ugly and alien.
The allure of all of that free stuff, government jobs for all and socialized medicine have also appealed to millennials who are clueless as to history’s scorecard of the failure of socialism along with the oppressive misery that it brings.
According to a new Gallup poll, for the first time since the organization has collected data on the question, more Democrats are hating on capitalism and ready to take that big leap of faith into the utopian future of five-year plans, state confiscation of assets and forced collectivism.
Gallup poll: Democrats favoring socialism over capitalism https://t.co/f8r6eEyMjM
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For the first time in a decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
While their view of socialism has not changed materially, Democrats’ view of capitalism fell substantially from a 2016 poll, when 56 percent indicated a positive view of capitalism, to 47 percent in 2018. Republicans maintain a more confident view of capitalism, with 71 percent offering positive views and 16 percent having a positive view of socialism. Those figures have changed little since 2010.
The change in the Democrats’ trend is significant because some observers contend that the Democratic Party is turning more socialist in its views, Gallup said.
A funny thing happens when you demonize universal health care, nutritional aid, and unemployment benefits as "socialism": lots of people decide socialism is OK https://t.co/5Pjjd5ymxO
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) August 13, 2018
Additional details from Gallup:
These results are from Gallup interviewing conducted July 30-Aug. 5. Views of socialism among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are particularly important in the current political environment because many observers have claimed the Democratic Party is turning in more of a socialist direction.
Socialist Bernie Sanders competitively challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, and more recently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a candidate with similar policy views and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, won the Democratic nomination in New York’s 14th Congressional District. Several candidates with socialist leanings lost their primary bids in Aug. 7 voting, however, raising doubts about the depth of Democrats’ embrace of socialism.
Even if the coach turns back into a pumpkin for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it looks like socialism is here to stay with the Democratic party.
Irrespective of parties, survey respondents age 19 to 49 are most receptive to socialism over capitalism.
This is consistent with a recent survey from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation that found that nearly half of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist or even communist system than a capitalist one.
Even if Ocasio-Cortez’s coach turns back into a pumpkin, it looks like socialism is here to stay in the Democratic party.