Kobach: The Most Revealing Moment of the State of the Union Speech

Another force at work was simple confusion, a.k.a. the Wasserman Schultz syndrome.  Remember in 2015 when then-DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was asked by MSNBC host Chris Matthews:  “What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?”  Wasserman Schultz responded with a deer-in-the-headlights look, at a loss for words.  Matthews asked again:  “I used to think there is a big difference. What do you think it is?”  Wasserman Schultz awkwardly tried to change the subject.  Matthew would ask the questions two more times, never getting an answer.I think that she couldn’t answer because she wasn’t exactly sure what the definition of socialism is.  (It’s government ownership or control of a country’s major industries or means of production.)  And I’ll bet that a few Members of Congress aren’t sure either, and they have no interest in studying the matter.As recently as fifteen years ago, I think that most congressional Democrats, given time to think about the question, would have agreed with the statement that America should not become a socialist country.  They would have rejected the nationalization of industries and the wealth-killing effect of socialism that has been replayed so many times on the international stage.  And they would have said that their party stands for something different.But now things appear to have changed.  Just how much is hard to tell.  Medicare-for-all (socialist medical care) may be just the beginning.  One can only hope that this socialist fever will pass, but I’m not optimistic.

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