As Democrats embrace a platform which may be uncomfortable for middle-of-the-road Americans, education & explanation are clearly necessary.
Republicans will continue to use the Socialism trope to scare Americans as long as it continues to work. But education is the antidote.
Our present economy is failing American & the planet which means it’s failing future generations. Democrats don’t have to answer whether or not they favor capitalism or socialism.
The policies Republicans smear as Stalinist are a good deal more popular than their own. It’s they who are reinforcing the socialism label.
This Democrat leaned into the question on Medicare for All and Socialism. In effect, he is saying to Republicans, “Bring it on.”
“One is that if you want to bring up these labels and this that and the other and have that whole conversation. That is a whole other thing,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said.
Former Governor John Hickenlooper like most Democrats was ill-prepared for the question, “Are you a capitalist.”
Paul Krugman made the First Daughter Ivanka Trump seem like what she is, an uninformed spoiled rich kid that is out of her league.
So how to inoculate the body politic from the evil emanating from the GOP Socialism narrative against Democrats?
We are not experiencing a failure of democracy. The failure we experience is the failure of the institutions of a plutocracy. And unfettered Capitalism is at the root.