Dear Editor:

After reading Richard Turek’s “Letter to the Editor” Aug. 14 “A different perspective on Anderson’s views,” I felt compelled to spotlight specific socialist strategies of the Democratic Party that were painted over by Mr. Turek’s generalizations and rhetoric.

Turek wrote, “No Democrat has advocated open borders.” Except in the first Democratic presidential debate, candidate Julián Castro proposed decriminalizing illegal entry which all but one of the other nine candidates onstage embraced. Afterward, Jeh Johnson, the last secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama slammed the idea as tantamount to declaring open borders.

Turek continued, “No Democratic candidate is advocating free medical care. The insurance coverage proposed will come with a cost paid through premiums and taxes, just like the current Medicare system.” However, Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan touts no premiums, deductibles or copays for any medical services. The socialized system would be funded through a variety of higher taxes. And because the plan deems health care a basic human right, every person within the country, including illegal immigrants, would receive the same medical care regardless of the amount of one’s tax contributions, if any.

Turek added, “Venezuela is suffering, not because of socialism, but because of corruption and mismanagement. Why not look at the large number of successful examples of democratic socialism? Mentioning only the worst examples does not help us come to a common understanding.”

Simply put, Democratic socialism is genuine socialism, free from capitalism, enacted and sustained through the democratic process of national elections. And like it or not, Venezuela and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) are not uncommon examples of a society’s fate when government controls every aspect of its existence, including the democratic process. Readers willing to take the chance, please raise your hand.

Presidential candidate Sanders is a self-avowed Democratic Socialist passionately endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an active member of DSA. 

The head of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, a committed socialist, supervises strategies for the Democratic Party, as well as formulating party policy. Just prior to Ocasio-Cortez winning her congressional seat in the 2018 midterm elections, Perez anointed her the “future of our party.” 

Only a few months later, this 29-year-old former bartender was co-launching the anticapitalist Green New Deal from the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Described in its overview as a massive transformation of society, this un-American goal of government controlling every aspect of our lives is supported by most of the Democratic presidential candidates.

It is easy to grasp that today’s Democratic Party has been hijacked by the ideological vision of DSA and explains the unusual round-the-clock media presence of Ocasio-Cortez.

A couple of weeks ago, DSA held its national convention in Atlanta, Ga., drawing some 1,100 delegates representing 175 local chapters from around the country. The convention galvanized attendees in their all-out battle for America with resolutions endorsing open borders, the Green New Deal and Sanders’ Medicare for All, to name just a few.

But the biggest revelation to come out of the convention is that health care is not only about health, but a cunning political tactic as the DSA instructed: “In preparation for 2020, socialists need to use ‘Medicare for All’ as a tool to reinsert a socialist vision into mainstream American politics. Fighting for and winning single-payer will help demonstrate the principle that basic human needs should not be commodities and will open the door for further demands for mass investment in social housing and the nationalization of major industries.”

Frank Gabl

Prospect Heights, Ill.