Why Won’t Liberals Admit That They’re Socialists?
During his chat with Tim Russert, Howard Dean inadvertently revealed the truth about liberals: that they’re closet socialists. Here’s Dean and Russert going back and forth about self-admitted socialist Bernie Sanders:
MR. RUSSERT: In your home state of Vermont, there’s a vacancy for the United States Senate about to occur. Bernie Sanders, the congressman from Vermont, wants to run for that seat. He is a self-described avowed socialist.
DR. DEAN: Well, that’s what he says. He’s really a populist.
MR. RUSSERT: But is there room in the Democratic Party for a socialist?
DR. DEAN: Well, first of all, he’s not a socialist, really.
MR. RUSSERT: He…
DR. DEAN: He hasn’t said that for a while.
MR. RUSSERT: Oh, he has a–he wrote in his book: “Outside or in the House, I am a Democratic socialist.”
DR. DEAN: Well, a Democratic socialist–all right, we’re talking about words here. And Bernie can call himself anything he wants. He is basically a liberal Democrat, and he is a Democrat that–he runs as an Independent because he doesn’t like the structure and the money that gets involved. And he actually has, I think, some good points about campaign finance reform. The bottom line is that Bernie Sanders votes with the Democrats 98 percent of the time. And that is a candidate that we think…
MR. RUSSERT: So you’d support him?
DR. DEAN: We may very well end up supporting him. We need to work some things out because it’s very important for us not to split the votes in some of the other offices as well.
So, we have Howard Dean looking at a socialist and saying, “He is basically a liberal Democrat” who “votes with the Democrats 98 percent of the time.” Well, of course Bernie Sanders fits right in because today’s Democratic Party is dominated by socialists. Now will people like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, & John Kerry admit that they’re socialists? No, but even the head of the DNC is publicly saying there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between a socialist like Bernie Sanders and liberal Democrats.
So why can’t most liberal democrats be as honest as Howard Dean? It’s not as if they don’t vote for cradle-to-the-grave-socialism at every opportunity anyway. They believe in high taxes, big government, burdensome regulation, & state control of ever growing sectors of the economy, so why not admit it?
Republicans admit that they’re capitalists, so why can’t Democrats be as honest as Howard Dean is being? You Dems are never going to convince a majority of the American people that you’re right if you don’t have the guts to be up front about what you believe in…