The message behind the boo
Re: “Hickenlooper decries socialism, gets booed,” June 2 news story
Presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was booed at a Democratic rally in San Francisco when he told the audience that promoting socialism will not defeat Trump in 2020. I currently have no fixed preference for the Democratic 2020 presidential nominee. I can say with ease that any of the current 20 plus Democratic candidates would be far superior to President Donald Trump. The list of Trump’s failings can hardly be categorized on a mainframe computer, but the Democratic Party seems to be looking for a way to lose to Trump. At least Hickenlooper understands the danger.
The GOP wants voters to believe a false dilemma: we must choose either socialism or capitalism. The reality is that the U.S.A. is already a hybrid of capitalism and socialism. Furthermore, the proponents of “socialism” are not pushing a Marxist system where the government owns the means of production and controls our daily lives. GOP politicians have conditioned the American public to react like Pavlovian dogs and go into convulsions each time the dreaded “S” word is used. Come on voters, use your rational brain instead of your emotional one and don’t fall for the either-or fallacy.
J. Craig Holland, Broomfield
Hickenlooper decries socialism and is booed — true but misleading. He’s demonizing socialism exactly the same as Republicans do, and Democrats are seeing him as divisive and out of touch. He’s trying to act centrist and favorable to moderates without having to explain how he’ll address health care costs, higher education costs, demonizing social programs while cutting taxes, and stagnation of wages in favor of record corporate profits.
He doesn’t appear to understand that all other developed countries are practicing democratic socialism. He doesn’t seem to care that as a Democrat inappropriately using the term socialism, as he is, will lead to misinforming voters and help Trump continue his reign.
Mark Zaitz, Denver