The info you need to defeat the S-word attack on Bernie SandersBrace yourselves. The better +Bernie Sanders does in upcoming polls, the more the rabid right wing nut jobs are going to shift their fear, hatred, and lies from Hillary to Bernie. We know these attacks are coming. We've seen their playbook. Get educated so you can properly debunk these conservative liars before when they swarm in!
1. Right wingers conditioned by conservative propaganda (Fox, Rush, Redstate, etc.) will never understand the difference. They think anything "government" is the same as "socialism". Mock their ignorance
by pointing out that public schools, roads, fire departments, the military, National Parks, the Postal Service, libraries, farm subsidies, social security, the VA, medicare, NASA, law enforcement, etc. would all fit under their broad definition of "socialism". Think about how disastrous it would be if we let them privatize/profitize those too.
They can all move to Somalia if they really hate all public services that much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QDv4sYwjO0
If these things are called "socialist", we are all socialists: http://imgur.com/a/q4JXD
2. Despite the labels and fear mongering, Bernie's positions all enjoy broad support
with the American public. America's Views Align Surprisingly Well With Those of "Socialist" Bernie Sanders http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/senator-bernie-sanders-policy-platform-presidential-campaign
Sanders’s positions are quite mainstream from the point of view of the stances of the American public in general http://www.juancole.com/2015/05/mainstream-bernie-sanders.html
Many of Bernie's stances on the issues received 70% support or more http://www.salon.com/2015/07/11/america_is_ready_for_socialism_massive_majorities_back_bernie_sanders_on_the_issues_and_disdain_donald_trump/
3. Bernie does not want to abolish capitalism.
He describes himself as a Democratic Socialist
, but his policies are actually more on par with Social Democracy
like Nordic Countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland) where life is free and good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_model
Social Democracy vs. Democratic Socialism http://liamchingliu.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/social-democracy-vs-democratic-socialism/
Stop Calling Bernie Sanders a Socialist! The Vermont senator is a "democratic socialist"—and yes, there's a difference http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121680/bernie-sanders-democratic-socialist-not-just-socialist
A solid video that describes the differences between Socialism, Democratic Socialism, and Social Democracy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVgrirpu0Ns&feature=youtu.be&t=2m41s
4. Deregulated corporate Capitalism has failed America.
Everything we feared about Communism, that we would lose our houses and savings and be forced to labor eternally for meager wages with no voice in the system has come true under capitalism http://twitter.com/OccupyWallSt/status/447770699919142912/photo/1
Bernie describes the disaster of unfettered "cowboy" capitalism http://youtu.be/ktbOOKOSQJw?t=19s
Deregulation caused the Great Bush Recession: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/14/opinion/14krugman.html
5. Wealth Inequality has turned the American Dream into a nightmare.
Something MUST be done: Wealth Inequality is far worse than Americans realize http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=QPKKQnijnsM
From 1935-1980 70% of the income gains in America went to the "poorest" 90% http://www.stateofworkingamerica.org/who-gains/#/?start=1935&end=1980
Since 1980, 100% of the income gains have gone to the richest 10% http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jan/13/elizabeth-warren/warren-average-family-bottom-90-percent-made-more-/
400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/mar/10/michael-moore/michael-moore-says-400-americans-have-more-wealth-/ #FeelTheBern #SocialDemocracy #DemocraticSocialism #Socialism #Capitalism #WealthInequality #Economics