Americans no longer view socialism as such a taboo idea.
A story from Gallup reveals that Americans are more closely divided on the issue of socialism than in the previous century.
51 percent of American adults believe that socialism would be a bad thing for the country. However, 43 percent believe it would be a good thing. In contrast, a 1942 Roper/Fortune survey detailed how 40% described socialism as a bad thing, 25 percent a good thing, and 34 percent did not have a solid opinion on the issue.
It’s becoming clear that Americans no longer view socialism with overwhelming skepticism like their predecessors. In fact, Americans’ definition of socialism has changed during the past few decades. Nearly one in four Americans associate with the concept of social equality and 17 percent see it as government control of the means of production. The majority of Democrats view socialism in a positive light, a trend that has been consistent according to Gallup polling in 2010. Specifically, 57 percent of Democrats view socialism positively.
In fact, an April Gallup survey found that 47 percent of Americans would vote for a socialist candidate for president. Indeed, socialism has not been fully embraced by Americans. However, the Overton Window is likely shifting in that regard.
With Bernie Sanders running for office again, and his recent hiring of individuals like David Sirota, who praised Venezuelan socialism in the past, it appears that socialism is gaining a second wind in America.
Other individuals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are popularizing leftist ideas among the youth.
As the general culture embraces more identity politics and egalitarianism, it will likely shift political beliefs towards leftist causes.
This highlights the importance of the Trump movement working on efforts to retake American cultural institutions.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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