Letters to the Editor

Bernie and socialism

As a democratic socialist for almost 60 years, I am heartened by Lorenzo Canizares and Amaury Cruz’s OpEd, Bernie’s good ideas have already won.

They strongly rebuke decades of right-wing propaganda and astutely defend democratic socialism.

I’d like to point out, however, that these ideas are rooted in the thoughts of past socialists and progressives.

Socialist and progressive programs influenced social and labor legislation during FDR’s presidency and in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Sanders’ proposals, therefore, closely follow those of his socialist-progressive predecessors.

Personally, as a Navy veteran, I was the beneficiary of the GI Bill; as a student at Santa Monica College and UCLA (1958-62), of free tuition; and now as a retiree of Social Security and Medicare.

Nothing in the U.S. Constitution precludes a socialist political and economic system.

Indeed, one could argue that socialist principles are embodied in the Preamble: to wit in its original form, “We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare [my italics], and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Sanford J. Smoller,

South Miami

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