Even prior to the 1940s, there has always been a Socialist for President on the ticket in our national elections.
They received a few token votes from the uninformed in the country, but Socialists were routinely looked upon as radical revolutionaries. They had nowhere to turn but to pure Communism as their ultimate ideology.
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This ideology entailed the suppression of all rights and freedoms, and the formation of gulags, or Soviet-style work camps for the re-education of some dissidents, followed by the final solution as mandated by Adolph Hitler. All to be determined by the elitist ruling class, of course.
Capitalism has worked pretty well for hundreds of years, and has lifted untold millions from poverty, slavery, and often death, both here and abroad. These are not just empty words, but undeniable facts. It is the reason the U.S. is the envy of the world. It is why so many want to come here and become citizens, to enjoy our many freedoms and a robust economy.
The writer of a recent letter to the editor implies that we should give some credibility to an historic change to Socialism, which boggles my mind. I must conclude that Socialism is a byproduct of our higher education system, and has been many years in the making. It is both sad and dangerous that our children have been educated into a system of government that has proven time and again to be a total disaster for all mankind.