Having read in the in the last seven days comments by local GOP leaders plus a letter from Frank Klonoski, both promoting misleading, uninformed and alarmist ideas linking the Democratic party to Socialism. I feel bound to offer a rebuttal.

Local GOP leader Ginny Hall’s statement that we face a choice of “freedom versus socialism and communism” would be laughable were it not so misleading, damaging and untrue. Klonoski ranges even further into the bizarre. “A loaf of bread and a small bottle of vodka a week, no bowling! (This particularly amuses) One set of clothes, one pair of shoes, no vacations” etc. Could these extraordinary ideas possibly spring from the well of conspiracy theorists and propaganda machines Alex Jones and Fox “News?”

Democratic socialism is a philosophy that advocates achieving socialist goals within a democratic system, not undemocratic socialist ideologies such as Marxist-Leninist. Democratic socialists oppose the Soviet economic model, rejecting the authoritarian form of governance in the Soviet Union of the early 20th century.

One of the tenets of Democratic Socialism is access to universal health care. The U.S. government spends more per-capita on health care than all but two other countries in the world, yet overall, the life expectancy of a U.S. citizen, is shorter than the average amongst all OECD countries. Approximately 44 million people in this country have no health insurance, it is totally beyond the reach of many. Another 38 million have inadequate health insurance.

Further. Why the hysteria? There are only a tiny handful of Democratic Socialists running for office.

Penelope Allingham


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