Mayor Pete: “They Will Call Us Socialists!”

Nadin Brzezinski
3 min readJul 31, 2019
Credit Gary Riggs via Wikipedia Commons Licence

Whether you agree with Pete Buttigieg at a policy level or not, he said something critically important last night. The debate went the way I expected, but that was a surprise. It betrayed a point of self-awareness that the Democratic Party is usually not at.

Mayor Pete said, don’t worry what republicans say. They will call us, whoever wins the primary, socialist. And bravo for Mayor Pete! He said on the stage what I have said for years. Republicans do not care what Democrats run on. They could be to the right of Republicans for all I care. Democrats are Socialists, RUN FOR THE HILLS!

This has been a Republican tactic for decades. Social Security was socialism. So was Medicare or the Rural Electrification Administration. For that matter, the Affordable Care Act was pure socialism, or for that matter the Federal Insurance on your savings account. Democrats are Socialists, Commies even. And Republicans are taking advantage of a severe lack of political education of the American voting public.

As Republicans have moved right, they pulled Democrats along. Why after 1980 with the New Orleans Declaration, Democrats became very friendly to Wall Street. This has led to the corporate capture of Washington and State Governments. Yet, they are still Socialists.

Yes, Bernie Sanders, to a lesser extent Elizabeth Warren are Democratic Socialists. Oh, the horror! That word again! And Republicans benefit when people have no clue what the term means. When Warren states that she is a capitalist, she fits the definition of a Democratic Socialist. Incidentally, so does Norway. This brand of socialism is by definition a mixed economy. One that regulates so you do not have monopolies rise, with predatory capitalism. It is a much healthier form of capitalism, that still allows for innovation. Even though it has higher taxes than the United States, and has a more expansive role for government. See a medical system that serves everybody, where people do not go bankrupt due to oh cancer.

This is not socialism. It is common sense. We spend far more than every other advanced nation and get the worst results. Well, except if you are an insurance executive. Those guys and gals are making out like bandits. We also have higher rates of childhood mortality, and overall, our results…

Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB