• Murray: What’s the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist?

    That’s the question that had Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D.-Fla.) looking like a deer in the headlights, not once, but twice last week.

    First it was MSNBC Hardballer Chris Matthews, followed few days later by Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. DWS was flummoxed because it is actually a very difficult question to answer of the contemporary Democrat Party. So difficult in fact, that it was very surprising that Messrs.’ Mathews and Todd, both Democrats in good standing, would have the cheek to put their Party boss in such a spot on live TV.

    Twenty years ago during the Bill Clinton era, such a question was largely inconceivable, even in Republican brains, and certainly not imagined by Democrats. And that’s the point, isn’t it? Today’s Democrat Party, vanguarded by Obama, Warren, Hillary Clinton, et al, has lurched so far to the Left fringe that there isn’t a whisker of difference between POTUS wannabees Democrat Hillary and Socialist Bernie.

    Policies notwithstanding, Senator Sanders deserves a measure of respect for being willing to openly admit that he is a Socialist. Naturally, as a Constitutional conservative I couldn’t disagree more with his anti-free market, regulatory-laden government-from-which-all-blessings-flow hopes and dreams. Why, you ask? OK, let’s pause to name all of the countries where Socialism either has worked, is working, or will ever work.

    That didn’t take long, did it? “Zero” makes for a very short list. Limited government combined with individual liberty, against a backdrop of free markets created the American Dream, not a “government-gone-wild.” I e-mailed that talking point to Hillary, but apparently her server has been hacked.

    By the way, the answer to the Matthews-Todd pop quiz: What’s the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist? Spelling.

    Patrick Murray, Colonel, USA (ret), lives in Alexandria where he was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in 2010 and 2012. He is a political/military commentator on radio and television, and is the author of the new book Government is the Problem. Follow him at www.GoPatrickMurray.com and on Twitter @GoPatrickMurray

    Patrick Murray

    Colonel Patrick Murray (USArmy Ret.), is author of the brand new book "Government Is the Problem."

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