Reprinted from michaelmoore.com
My Dear Friends,
When I was a child, they said there was no way this majority-Protestant country of ours would ever elect a Catholic as president. And then John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected president.
The next decade, they said America would not elect a president from the Deep South. The last person to do that on his own (not as a v-p) was Zachary Taylor in 1849. And then we elected President Jimmy Carter.
In 1980, they said voters would never elect a president who had been divorced and remarried. Way too religious of a country for that, they said. Welcome, President Ronald Reagan, 1981-89.
They said you could not get elected president if you had not served in the military. No one could remember when someone who hadn't served had been elected Commander-in-Chief. Or who had confessed to trying (but not inhaling!) Illegal drugs. President Bill Clinton, 1993-2001.
And then finally "they" saId that there's NO WAY the Democrats were going to win if they nominated a BLACK man for president -- a black man who's middle name was Hussein! America was still too racist for that. "Don't do it!", people quietly warned each other.
Do you ever wonder why the pundits, the political class, are always so sure that Americans "just aren't ready" for something -- and then they're always just so wrong? They says these things because they want to protect the status quo. They don't want the boat rocked. They try to scare the average person into voting against their better judgment.
And now, this year "they" are claiming that there's no way a "democratic socialist" can get elected President of the United States. That is the main talking point coming now from the Hillary Clinton campaign office.
But all the polls show Bernie Sanders actually BEATING Donald Trump by twice as many votes than if Hillary Clinton was the candidate.
Although the polls nationally show Hillary beating Bernie among DEMOCRATS, when the pollster includes all INDEPENDENTS, then Sanders beats Trump two to one over what Clinton would do.
The way the Clinton campaign has been red-baiting Sanders is unfortunate -- and tone deaf. According to NBC, 43% of Iowa Dems identify themselves more closely with socialism (sharing, helping) than with capitalism (greed, inequality). Most polls now show young adults (18-35) across America prefer socialism (fairness) to capitalism (selfishness).
So, what is democratic socialism? It's having a true democracy where everyone has a seat at the table, where everyone has a voice, not just the rich.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary recently announced the most looked-up word in their online dictionary in 2015 was "socialism." If you're under 49 (the largest voting block), the days of the Cold War & Commie Pinkos & the Red Scare look as stupid as "Reefer Madness."
If Hillary's biggest selling point as to why you should vote for her is, "Bernie's a socialist!" or "A socialist can't win!", then she's lost.