A Democratic Socialist Is Nothing More Than a Socialist

A Democratic Socialist Is Nothing More Than a Socialist

A Democratic Socialist Is Nothing More Than a Socialist

With the Democratic Socialists of America behind the wins of several local politicians in California’s Bay Area and Bernie Sanders being promoted as the perfect person for Not-Yet-President-Elect Biden’s Secretary of Labor, it’s time, again, to point out the malevolence of the Socialist movement.

The success of democratic socialist Millennials in local politics cannot be dismissed a fluke. And a Bernie Sanders as Labor Secretary would gut small businesses, right-to-work laws and put people back under the thumb of unions.

Sanders would have a bully pulpit from which to advocate for replacing the minimum wage with a living-wage formula to lift workers out of poverty. He could lambaste anti-union “right-to-work” laws. And he could push for labor-law reforms, like those outlined in his 2020 presidential campaign’s “Workplace Democracy” agenda, which proposed to double union membership in four years.

It should be noted that while Proposition 22 in California passed, allowing the largest targets of California’s AB5 to escape that anti-freelancing law, it can quickly turn to a Pyrrhic victory with a Sander’s appointment. As a socialist, Bernie is quite clear no one gets to be independent – either as a business owner or worker.

Under Bernie’s plan, companies will no longer be able to ruthlessly exploit workers by misclassifying them as independent contractors or deny them overtime by falsely calling them a “supervisor.” When Bernie is president, his administration will end the ability of corporations to misclassify workers as “independent contractors” or label them as a “supervisor.”

Make sure that employers can no longer use franchisee or contractor arrangements to avoid responsibility and liability for workers by codifying the Browning-Ferris joint-employer standard into law. When Bernie is president, his administration will make clear that a worker can have more than one employer. If a company can decide who to hire and who to fire and how much to pay an employee at a franchise, that company will be considered a joint employer along with the owner of a particular franchise — and both employers must engage in collective bargaining over the terms and conditions of employment.

And before our right to free speech is taken away, we must not allow Leftists to attempt to define Democratic Socialists as not really Socialists. Behold this meme making the rounds on social media.
democratic socialist
Good thing Leftists can’t meme or we wouldn’t get our exercise in facepalming several times a day. Bad enough these Progressives consider the concept of individual rights as quaint and disposable, but they also feel they can put a happy-face on socialism by sprinkling magic fairy dust adjectives like “democratic” on it. That will make a system where the means of production and distribution are controlled by The State just so much whipped cream and unicorns!

However, here’s the rub. WHOSE needs? WHO gets to decide what “need” is legitimate or not?

In a free market economy and liberty based society, I am free to say “I really really NEED a new X-box” and no one going to cringe wondering how much overtime they’ll be required to put in to fulfill my need. When the democratic socialist says needs come before rights they are telling you that what you earn, what you create, your efforts and your ability never ever give you ownership of your creation. Everyone with need has a blank check on your life. The needs of others are now your responsibility.

The Democratic Socialist claims to be capitalistic? Well, in a way. You get to act in a capitalist way as much as you like – go ahead, write that best seller, spend endless hours of your life building that successful business or inventing that new medicine or technology. You’re free! FREE! to work and create, but the results? Someone else gets to decide how much you’ll be allowed to keep. Can’t have you be too greedy now.

Socialism is misanthropic regardless of the adjectives parked in front of the word. Socialism looks at people as a means, not as ends. With all the historical evidence showing its failure, why are people still attracted or seduced by its promises? There are those people who want to be taken care of their whole lives and those people who want total authority over others. Socialism is their cozy little utopia which would work FOREVAH except for you people with your liberty and individual rights guff.

From Bernie on down, a President Biden Harris is poised to fill the administration with Socialists. No further adjective need apply.

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14 Comments
  • 370H55V says:

    I wouldn’t count on Bernie getting the Labor nod. If he leaves then Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott gets to appoint his successor to fill the vacancy, and . . .

    Oh, wait a minute . . .

    • GWB says:

      The fun part is that a solid majority in the Senate could then reject him for the cabinet position, and he’d have to actually go work for a living!

      (Nah, who am I kidding? He’d become a lobbyist or retire. He will never work for his living.)

  • Joe R. says:

    A “Democratic Socialist” is nothing more than a g d satanic communist.

    We have “The Communist Control Act” (68 Stat. 775, 50 U.S.C. 841-844) for that, and it should come with capital penalties for all the cr_p that communism has wrought around the globe.

  • Joe R. says:

    And let’s not forget. Trump won, and will begin his 2nd Term shortly.

    If not, we’re collecting pelts.

    This little thing we got going here called AMERICA is an agreement akin to an inflated balloon. [IF] You want to chuck this little piece, you got no b1tch if I want to chuck the rest.

    Until this is settled, let me just leave all of you with this FU.

  • Wfjag says:

    The term Democratic Socialist means something else in Europe – probably why it was chosen in the US, where Progressives routinely change the meaning of words and phrases to mean something very different.

    There is a European movement that espouses most of the same ideas as the Dem Party Democratic Socialists. In Europe they are called Fascists.

    • GWB says:

      I think it means essentially the same thing:
      Democratic Socialism = Socialism for the Demos (the people), but not for the technocrats/aristocrats
      It’s just in Europe they already had a nice crop of technocrats to “elect”, and here they have to just look longingly at the folks elite in Europe and wish they could be like them.

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  • GWB says:

    no one gets to be independent
    Alternatively, “No one gets to be free.”

    Behold this meme making the rounds on social media.
    Wow, they’re right. Democratic socialism isn’t “socialist”. It’s FASCIST.
    Fascism is defined as “‘capitalists’ still own the means of production, but they do what the hell the gov’t tells them to.”

    WHO gets to decide what “need” is legitimate or not?
    “The people” naturally! It’s ‘democratic’ and stuff.
    Of course, that’s not how it works at all. What really happens is the mob elects the technocrats who then decide which needs are legitimate. And the mob will like it, or else.

    FREE! to work and create
    Hey! Somebody even had a cool phrase for that! Let’s see, what was it… hmmmm… oh yeah!
    Arbeit macht frei!

    Socialism looks at people as a means, not as ends.
    And the fascism variant, even more so.

    Socialism is their cozy little utopia which would work FOREVAH except for you people with your liberty and individual rights guff.
    The names for those people are things like “kulak”, “wreckers”, and “counter-revolutionaries.”

    Our revolution produced a nation specifically founded on principles that would avoid the French Terror and the Soviet. Yet, here we are. Do we simply call it a failed experiment? Or do we fight for those principles?

  • GWB says:

    BTW, ladies, you still have a WordPress issue. My comments are still posting, but instead of it continuing on to the same page and displaying my comment, as normal, it gives this error notice:
    There has been a critical error on your website.
    Learn more about debugging in WordPress.

    I come back to the page and my comment has posted, so it’s not a huge issue. But it could cause some double posting.

    • GWB, unless you retype it with different enough wording (just hit the post button again), it does pick up that it’s a duplicate. The contact form does the same thing, but I don’t know whether it does or does not send the message.

    • GWB, unless you retype it with different enough wording (just hit the post button again), it does pick up that it’s a duplicate. The contact form does the same thing, but I don’t know whether it does or does not send the message.

      (This is one with some additional text. Probably will post it.)

      • Whee! Let’s see if this posts – I probably ran afoul of a guard against a DOS attack by posting several in a very short period. THAT triggers a “Internal Server Error

        The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

        Please contact the server administrator at webmaster@victorygirlsblog.com to inform them of the time this error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error.

        More information about this error may be available in the server error log.”

  • Jerry says:

    A socialist is just a communist with better public relations people.

  • Cameron says:

    Democrat Socialism: Because 4 out of 5 people think gang rape is a good thing.

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