When I hear Republicans sound the alarm that electing Democrats will lead to socialism, I’m reminded of what President Harry S Truman once said: “Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people…Socialism is a scare word they have hurled at every advance people have made [since FDR’s New Deal]. Socialism is what they called Social Security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports.”
While it’s clear that most Americans do not know what socialism is, it is also clear that Americans could make sound economic judgments about our economy if Republicans did not use “socialism” as a scare word. They say Socialists want to take away our property and are against democracy. But Socialists have no interest in taking away anyone’s property, car, or personal items. Rather, they seek economic justice.