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“SOCIALISM”

A word you hear often, but what does it really mean? And why did the President mention it in the
State of the Union?

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“America was founded on liberty and independence –- not government coercion, domination, and control.  We are born free, and we will stay free.  Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

Pres. Trump during the 2019 State of the Union. After championing his economic policies, he described the socialist policies in Venezuela as turning "that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair."
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Socialism Defined

“social & economic doctrine that calls for public rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources….in opposition to capitalism, which is based on private ownership of the means of production & allows individual choices in a free market…”

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Why Is It A Hot Topic Now?

  • Leading Democrat politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders & Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez are “Democrat Socialists” advocating for medicare for all & higher taxes on rich for the greater good.
  • Democrats who do not describe themselves as “socialist” share some platforms such as national healthcare. Critics say party is moving too far left or “socialist.”
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Politics At Play

Preview 2020 President Race

The President set the stage for further debate: Republican-led economy vs. the Democrat’s so-called “socialist” agenda.

Two Parties Already At Odds:       More Democrats have a favorable view on socialism than capitalism; Republicans = the opposite. (Gallup)

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According to recent polling, young Americans (18-29) view socialism more favorably than capitalism (this is typical of this age group although socialism has increased in favorability in recent years). Overall Americans' positive view on socialism remains less than 40%.

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Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, and its new interim President, Juan Guaido.

We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.

Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country.  America was founded on liberty and independence –- not government coercion, domination, and control.  We are born free, and we will stay free.  Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.