Bernie Sanders’ explanation, the other night on the meaning of Socialism (Democratic Socialism) was far too complicated. I think our Declaration of Independence explained it very nicely.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Socialism happens when people in a country gather together in government to preserve those inalienable rights. If a powerful bully tries take away people’s right to pursue happiness, then the people’s government steps in to prevent the powerful bully from interfering with our inalienable rights. A country that would stand by, and let a powerful bully take away those rights for some of its residents is not a country living up to the promise of our own Declaration of Independence. Anybody who would promote the right to rob others of their rights is not being true to the social contract we rightfully believe we have all agreed to.
How did we forget what our founders thought was self-evident?