OUR NATION IS A SOCIALIST DEMOCRACY - BY: Dr. Floyd E. McDowell


Senator Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist candidate for President. Our state and nation are socialist democracies with a free enterprise capitalist economy. Corrupted political operatives and corporate-owned pundits are continuously assaulting candidate Sanders as a “Socialist” as if this is something bad or to be feared. Like all of the other thirty developed, industrialized nations, our nation is a socialist democracy. We differ only in degree, not kind. To better understand this important reality, study the dictionary definitions of democracy, government and socialism.
Any program or service owned, operated and funded by any level of government is a socialist program or service. The following list is but a partial one of the many essential socialist programs and services we need and benefit from every day of our lives: Public streets and highways including our interstate highway network; public schools, colleges and universities; public health programs; public housing and welfare programs; outer space program; military services; judicial system; VA system; public safety programs; public parks, libraries and museums; Environmental protection laws; Right for workers to organize; civil and voting rights laws; and many, many more. Before Sander's campaign, only less than thirty per cent of our citizens viewed socialism as a positive term, thanks to corrupt lying politicians and corporate-owned media. Now sixty per cent, especially our young voters, understand we benefit every day from socialist programs, services and laws.
We have in our past enacted many monumental socialist reform laws like the needed ones Senator Sander's will work to implement and ad as our President. These include the following: women's right to vote; social security; worker's rights, safety and benefits; and civil and voting rights; and single payer medicare and medicaid.
Regardless of political party affiliation, every elected and appointed government employee is a socialist employee who work under government laws and regulations and whose salaries, expenses and benefit package is paid for by hard-working citizen’s tax funds, Democratic Socialist candidate Sanders wants public funding for our political candidates to remove the “For Sale” and “Sold” signs from the front of our People’s Houses of Government.
Candidate Sanders wants to not only maintain and fight the privatization of our socialist safety nets but has specific sensible, doable research-proven program and cost effective plans to strengthen existing ones and add needed others. These aforementioned big-money owned political and media prostitutes scoffed when he said we need to learn from other socialist democracies like Denmark. Here are some facts about Denmark. It is the top-rated nation in the world to do business in. They have an eighteen dollar an hour minimum wage and have practically eliminated poverty. And you can buy a hamburger there for less than in our country. They provide free college, university and trade school higher education. They have an early childhood care and development program rated one of the best in the world and available to all as is their public school systems; paid maternity leave; and like all other thirty developed socialist democracy nations, they provide universal health care coverage for every citizen with a single payer health care system like the research-proven program and cost effective single payer Medicare-for-All systemSenator Sanders has developed and will help enact for our nation.
If requested, I can send anyone brief summaries of twenty-five state and national single payer research study findings that document the huge savings of candidate Sander's single payer, nongovernment run Medicare-for-All health care coverage plan. One comprehensive single payer research study was accomplished in Delaware.These were supplied by the Physicians for a National Health Program (single payer). Access their pnhp.org web site to become competently informed about single payer. We now have four very effective single payer systems in our state and nation. Three are Medicare, Medicaid, the VA health care system and Tri-Care for military personnel and retirees. Each of these single payer systems has an administrative/overhead cost of LESS THAN TWO PER CENT compared to now FORTY PER CENT wasted by the totally unnecessary profit-making broker private health insurance industry. OurDelaware Health Security Coalition’s nongovernment run single payer Delaware Health Security Act is explained on the Health Care page of our nonprofit, nonpartisan DEinformedvoters.org web site. It has been endorsed by 34 statewide Delaware organizations.

Dr. Floyd E. McDowell, Sr. of Bear, DE is Chair of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Delaware Health Security Coalition and the DEinformedvoters.org web site. He can be reached at (302) 832-2799 or via email at flydmcdwll@verizon.net
This article was published in the News Journal and Delaware State News. A shorter version was published as a long Letter to the Editor of the national Progressive Populist magazine.

Posted on Jan 11, 17 | 6:04 am