• Yes they are!!

    Democrats are always trying to Redistribute Wealth. Something our current president has even admitted to. They are all for welfare, food stamps, and any programs that punishes the rich and successful individuals and rewards failure. They rant and rant about how the rich "don't pay their fair share" even thought the top 1% of earners pay 39.5% of ALL income taxes collected. They refute the facts and are determined to bring America down. All they want is the Rich to be Poorer. If they wanted the Poor to be Richer, they would be focused on finding them jobs, not food stamps.

  • They seek to relentlessly expand the scope of the state in economic matters.

    The Democratic Party is a cancer on the government of the United States. They push for relentless growth of regulations and laws that govern economic activity. This is largely a result of Democrats "thinking with their feelings" and not their brains.
    Socialists seek to expand state control over all matters of the economy. Healthcare is the most obvious example with the monstrosity that is the Affordable Care Act. Finance with Dodd-Frank provides government control. The agenda of the Democratic party maps most closely to the Socialist Party in France. Raising taxes on the so-called rich to pay for government services that supposedly help the poor is a hallmark of Socialist regimes (see Hugo Chavez' Venezuela, Fidel Castro's Cuba, Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union).

  • I don't see how they aren't.

    Nearly every Democratic law that seems to be passed is putting less and less trust on people and require them to check in with the government more and more so often. For example a "universal background check" when you want a job and purchasing guns which sadly seems to no longer be an American right. How private can the citizens be these days with cameras at every corner and the Democrats passing these laws to make it this way. They can even moderate what you do on the Internet these days. Yes, they're socialists.

  • This Guy Right Here

    I am very much the farthest thing from a Republican and consider myself a far left democrat. I often think about socialism, Karl Marx, socialistic fundamentals and ideals, and often openly talk about it in political discussions. This is the only evidence i have for this argument, although you do often hear Republicans calling Democrats Socialists.

  • They aren't yet, but they are supportive of them

    Democrats may not be socialists in the typical sense, but they are leaning much more towards the European style social democracy than one might believe. They are increasingly pushing for massive tax increases, tighter control of business, and other social democrat goals. Finally, they have the alliance of the only socialist in the Senate - Bernie Sanders - and his views line up almost identically with the far left of the party.

    Posted by: TN05
  • Yes They Are!

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    Democrats and democrats because they support communism. They are the bain of my existence. 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

  • A socialist agenda means they're socialist.

    The Democrat solution always includes higher taxes and more government power and/or control. You might say they cannot be socialist because they do not own business. I would counter that 100% taxes is socialism and that is where the Democrats would like to be. With their unquenchable thirst for deficit spending is a mechanism for leveraging for higher taxes down the road. Plus the fact that democrats put the high priorities low on their list of spending so they can sound the trumpet for more money for schools, roads, etC. When money gets tight. The middle class is under attack by the Democrats through price inflation and free money giveaways (housing assistance, easy college loans, home loans, food stamps, reduced cost of insurance). Although some programs are needed the vast expanse of programs only inflate prices to the point that a bubble is created (housing crash, college loans) and then democrats can push free college and mortgage forgiveness. It's a sick perverse system that is trapping people at the bottom, strangling innovation, choking the creation of new products and businesses. Why would big business support democrats? Because they squash competition from new business. Wake up it may already be too late.

  • Democrats support Socialist Ideas

    This country was founded on the idea of having the opportunity to choose. Not to be forced to participate in something. That being said The Affordable care act is a perfect example of a socialist idea. I have been in the Health Care insurance business for over 15 years and we warned folks of exactly what would happen with Obamacare. It it ALL happened, People will lose their coverage and be forced to buy something more expensive, premiums would increase, Copays and co-insurance would increase, you would lose your doctor, etc... These are all things that OBAMA said would not happen. Now major health insurance companies are dropping out of the Affordable Health care program, Check out United Health Care.
    Another program is Welfare. Democrats support this but are not willing to admit to it's flaws. It is easier to just keep give out Welfare rather then what it was intended for. I remember back in the 70's when I worked in a grocery store this lady bought a ton of food, a pool, and toys. She had 6 kids with her. When we took the groceries out to her car she had a Brand New Cadillac. She saw the look on my face and admitted she bought the car on Food Stamps. She sold her Food stamps to pay for the car and still had enough to buy everything else she was buying.
    Granted with as rich as some of our 1% are it makes you wonder why their employees are not getting paid better. Having that much money why aren't they sharing more with the everyday employees who actually make them successful. But I cannot believe that they should be forced by law to make them do so with the types of socialistic ideas coming from the democrats.
    I read post on both sides and realize that many folks have a very skewed Idea of socialism. I was in Berlin before the wall came down and saw how folks in the EAST lived under the Russian Socialist Ideas. After the Wall came down their lives improved tremendously and they had more wealth and in fact is allowed for West Germany's economy improved after some time with the transition based on the exchange rate much less for both West Germans and the former eastern block. I can only hope Democrats are not that stupid to go to the Russian degree of Socialism.
    Again I can only emphasize the fact that the US was founded on the IDEAs of Freedom of choice. Before the 1930's there were no taxes and the US government was able to support itself and have an Army to defend us.
    Now taxes that support all the social programs we have out there such as Welfare, are getting out of control to the point of which why we had a revolution to separate ourselves from the British rule. Read your history folks.

  • They take our money!

    COME ON, they take our money and give it to the poor! They should be finding the poor JOBS not giving them money!!! Come on america, we need to change! Give poor people jobs so they can contribute to the economy! America needs to change, and we need to give the poor jobs.

  • They are socialists and it is a bad thing.

    Democrats I know call themselves progressives and see no problem with socialists. They believe that govt should control the means of production and do not believe in private property. They idolize Latin american murderers and dictators like Che Guevera, Fidel Castro, Chavez and Maduro of Venezuela. They thoroughly believe in oppressively high taxes and redistribution of wealth. I blame brain washing in schools, social media and media as well as wealthy activists like George Soros pushing socialism via outlets like moveon and other progressive groups. America will most likely collapse economically like Europe from being unable to pay for the social programs the democrat socialists would undertake. Certainly the high taxes would limit risk taking and investment.

  • Let's think about that

    The only people calling democrats socialist are the people who lack knowledge of both capitalism itself and socialism. The biggest misconception I hear from the idiotic mass we call the Republican Party is that democrats banish capitalism because it is evil. Not only is this incorrect, but the misconception was started years ago and never changed as an effort to get democrats out of office. The fact is, you cannot take government entirely out of the marketplace, you cannot. Can anyone think of the last time that happened.....Wall Street? It's Interesting because you bring all this evidence but yet it's true that more economists say that our economy operates better under a democrat. Socialism is not what is going on, it's helping the lower rise and keeping a strong middle class. Idk maybe we let the tea party have the office and allow them to mess up on the biggest stage in order to see that they are indeed incorrect

  • Makes no sense.

    They're left winged relative to the republicans, so looking at them from that lens makes them closer to socialists than republicans. Socialism isn't bad, in fact the most liberal countries in Europe are doing better than any other. Scandinavian countries. Look it up, better average income, less average work week, less unemployment, more higher educations. The list goes on. If democrats were socialists, then they would CALL THEMSELVES SOCIALIST. Bernie is a socialist, Obama is not. That's why bernie says he is one and Obama does not. The only reason people correlate democrats with socialists is because the red scare made it a bad word in America. Why else do people who lived through that time call political enemies socialist? Because McCarthyism made it a political strategy by binding fear with the left.
    It's simply an economic system, that's all. These people who say socialists are going to install cameras everywhere, what? That has nothing to do with socialism. SOCIALISM IS AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM, NOT AN EVIL POWER BENT ON TAKING YOUR LIBERTIES.

  • Left-wing, but not socialist.

    While Democrats do espouse some of the elements of socialism, I'd say they are more like social liberals (hence why they are called liberals) than socialists. Their platform is in reality one that promotes a mixed economy rather than actual socialism; while they do believe in some degree of wealth redistribution and the welfare state, they also have not called for anything against the key components of capital, namely private initiative or the profit motive. In fact, the truth is that while a lot of Democrats use socialist rhetoric, they often work in the interest of big corporations at times (not to say that this is necessarily wrong), and many of them are as wealthy if not more wealthy than Republicans. They haven't called for the abolition of private property (i.E. Businesses and factories are still privately owned, not by the state nor the workers), so they aren't socialists.

  • Democrats don't have anything in common with Socialists.

    They cut social security, and have let inequality rise further. Socialists stand for more economic fairness (From each according to ability to according to each according to contribution), democratic control of the workplace, and are viciously opposed to war. The Universal healthcare is something found in most parties in most developed countries, and so doesn't count as socialism at all. Democrats don't support the key ideals of any left-wing ideologies, let alone socialism.

  • I do not think so!

    Democrats lean towards socialism with the presidents new healthcare plan. But every other aspect of the government, I do not think that Democrats are socialists! Democrats are for government taking care of its citizens, such as welfare, educating the poor and so on. I think it is a possibility in the future that democrats could lean more toward Socialism, but who knows!

  • "Democratic socialism" Does not exist in America.

    I guess my answer depends on how you are defining socialists?
    Republicans in the past have voted for programs that many consider socialistic, e.g., Social Security. And, Democrats have voted with Republicans on other issues, e.g., 5 Democrats in the House voted to Repeal Obamacare.
    Yes, Democrats lean towards programs that help the majority, the 99%, the middle class and poor; those who need the most help and are the most disadvantaged and suppressed by the wealthy that control the means of production and wages. Republicans are more concerned with protecting the Plutocracy, the top 20% of the wealthiest, mainly the top 1% that own 93% of all accumulated wealth and receive most (over 85%) of the total income earned annually.
    Does that make Democrats socialists. No! Democrats believe in Capitalism; but, want a fairer distribution of the wealth for all workers and higher wages. That does not make them socialists.
    All governments have socialistic programs, even Democracies and Republics.
    For example:
    America (a Federal Republic with a representative government) has Social Security (President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1935), Medicare and Medicaid (President Lyndon B. Johnson 1965). Both Democrats and Republicans voted for these programs.
    Canada (a Democracy) has Universal Health Care, Pension Plan and Old Age Security.
    United Kingdom (a Democracy) has Universal Health Care and Old Age, Disability, and Survivors programs.
    France (a semi-presidential representative democratic republic) has Universal Health Care and Social Security for illness, old age, family, accident.
    Germany (a Democracy) has Universal Health Care and Old Age, Disability, and Survivors programs.
    India (world’s largest Democracy) has Universal Health Care, and Old Age, Disability, and Survivors programs

  • No, but some do lean further left than others.

    Though it is a fact that most dems do have socialistic aims, they can not be defined as socialist because most if not all of the democratic party support capitalism. Even republicans support socialistic goals, such as the post office, the fire department, social security, and so on.
    Now, of course as with each party there are degrees of "more right" or "more left." Some dems are far enough on the left to where they do consider themselves socialist, though they usually conform to the democratic socialism type of socialism. An example would be Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist.

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