by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Democrat defense against Bernie Sanders is in pretty poor shape. He, AOC, and the Squad have mainstreamed socialism among Democrats. Democrats openly running as socialists keep winning races. Including a mayoral election.
And, in this latest poll, 65% of Dems have a positive reaction to socialism. Only 29% have a negative reaction.
Among self-described “liberals”, 75% like socialism. Only 23% don’t.
But much of that is driven by a rise in support for socialism among younger people and minorities.
When you break it down by race, only 33% of white people have a positive reaction to socialism, while 61% have a negative one.
These numbers are largely reversed among most minority groups with 49% of Hispanics, 52% of ‘others’, and 60% of black respondents.
There’s no significant difference by educational background.
After coming to the United States, Guilarte said he finds it difficult to listen to political candidates touting the same system of government he fled.
“When we hear some politicians and some people trying to sell this socialist dream — ‘everything for free’ — we don’t think about how it’s going to be in the long run.” …
… In 1970, Venezuela was Latin America’s richest country, with a higher income per capita than Spain or Israel. While Guilarte grew up, his mother, who was born in the 1960s, was able to fully support her family, even though she never finished high school.
By 2017, everything changed. Ninety percent of Venezuelans lived in poverty, and the average person lost 24 pounds due to malnourishment.
“When I see how it is today, I wonder what it would be like to be born in today’s Venezuela under the same circumstances — without a father, and with a mom who had no formal education.”
Last year, a neglected electrical system threw 90% of the country into a blackout that lasted a week. All the food that Guilarte’s mother had gathered for weeks spoiled. Many Venezuelans use gas lamps, instead of regular electricity.
“That’s going on only a few miles away from the U.S.,” Guilarte said.
Nearly 4 million Venezuelans had left the country by early 2019, the United Nations reported. It’s considered the biggest migration crisis in Latin American history.