For John, BLUF: If you can't define something you don't understand it. Nothing to see here; just move along.
John Hinderaker, writing at the Powerline Blog asserts SOCIALISM CRUMBLES IN VENEZUELA, BUT DEMOCRATS THINK IT’S A GREAT IDEA
Socialism must be the number one folly in the history of the human race. People keep trying it, and it keeps collapsing ignominiously. Yet leftists never give up. It is as though a guy stood in his yard throwing a ball into the air over and over, hoping that next time it won’t come back down.I wonder if the problem is that Progressives don't know the difference between their approach to government and socialism. When MSNBC Host Chris Matthews asked Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chairperson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz to describe the difference, she ducked. Then, demonstrating that either the question is too hard (or dangerous) or that she is just not capable of learning, she ducked it again, a few days later, on a Sunday talk show, with Host Chuck Todd.
And, The Daily Kos tells us that either (1) Senator Bernie Sanders isn't a real socialist, and that is just his shtick, or that (2) everyone else has a socialist government and we are behind.
And maybe that is it. Senator Bernie Sanders is just another Progressive, trying to distinguish himself from the others in the Democrat pack (and from those remaining and closeted Scoop Jackson Democrats). For sure, given the broad spectrum of "socialist" regimes in Europe, one would not wish to be identified with any number of them over the last 100 years, Reporter Walter Duranty notwithstanding.
I do give kudos to Mr Chris Matthews on this attempt to get Representative to just come clean.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff