So many people use the terms “socialism” or “democratic-socialism” is if they are evil words bent on destroying American society. I wonder how many of those people are loving parents. Personally, I want to give my children the best chance at success I possibly can. I know how easy it is to fail in our society because we have no true safety nets in place. My parents did not believe in lending a helping hand, so I fell flat on my face over and over again. I wasn’t able to finish college until I was almost 40.
Because of my experiences, I don’t want my children to suffer the way I did. I try to help them as much as I can. I give what I can to make their lives a little easier because I want them to have a financial cushion. It has been proven that children who have that safety net early on are more likely to succeed later in life.
Democratic-socialism offers that safety net for everyone, not just those who can afford it. By taxing the people who have been avoiding taxes for decades–such as multi-national corporations, the ultra rich, and people who have influence over law makers (like Wall Street), there can be enough money to ensure that everyone in the country has good health care, a decent education, and a job that provides a living wage.
I would like to know how many loving parents could stand back and do nothing while their child fell to injury or death off of the play equipment at a park, or out of a tree? If you truly love your country, you won’t stand idly by while it falls into the hands of the ultra-rich and multi-national corporations who have been injuring and killing it for decades. It is time to stand up and do something about it. It is time that we finally say, “no more!” We all deserve a safety net, and the only presidential candidate honest enough, and capable enough to provide that is Bernie Sanders.