“They’re giving socialism a bad name by associating it with the Democrats”

Frank Llewellyn, the national director of the Democratic Socialists of America is not happy.   He finds it objectionable that  the Republican Party has tried to rebrand their leading opponents as the “Democrat Socialist” party. Furthermore, Llewellyn thinks that the GOP simply does not understand what socialism really is — and wouldn’t be hanging that label on the Democrats if they did. http://coloradoindependent.com/28935/a-real-socialist-responds-to-%E2%80%98democrat-socialist-party%E2%80%99-resolution

“It’s objectionable,” said Llewellyn, “because they’re giving socialism a bad name by associating it with the Democrats, who are the second-most capitalist party in the world. The election of this president, sadly, hasn’t changed that.”

Llewellyn read through the resolution and knocked Republicans for defining “bailouts to Wall Street” as socialism. “This is more evidence of the extremely shallow and surreal socialism that has surfaced in American politics,” he said. “It’s nothing more than name-calling. The authors demonstrate how little they know about what 21st century American socialism is all about. These people make the same mistake that their ancestors did during the New Deal. They mistake a president trying to save capitalism from itself for a president trying to transform capitalism into something different.”

You don’t have to agree with Llewellyn’s opinion of the Democratic party to conclude that the Republican party is way off-base in their attempt to improve their own political fortunes by relabelling their opponents as “socialists” as if that word is a pejorative.  Indeed there is some recent polling evidence that the  GOP name-calling has simply improved Americans’ overall favorability rating of socialism (not the result Republican name-callers were hoping for).

Let’s give the real socialist the last word:

All in all, said Llewellyn, it’s an example of how far Republicans have fallen and why “they’re not going to gain much in the next election cycle.”

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