Okay, so what does Bernie Sanders mean when he says he is a “Democratic Socialist?” He says it is a blend of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (FDR) “Second Bill Of Rights,” from his 1944 State Of The Union Address.
Roosevelt is the president who set up quality of living standards we have long taken for granted. These include: Social Security, a 40 hour work week, no child labor, strong banking regulations, collective bargaining, and a federal minimum wage.
Basically, as a Democratic Socialist, Sanders believes each of us has the right to:
- A job with a living wage
- Health care
- Education and
- Economic protections for the elderly
The other presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat, try to use Sanders’ self-descriptive term against him:
“So the next time that you hear me attacked as a socialist — like tomorrow — remember this: I don’t believe government should take over the grocery store down the street…but I do believe that the middle class and the working families of this country who produce the wealth of this country deserve a decent standard of living.
“That, in fact, is my vision. My vision is not just making modest changes around the edge. It is transforming American society.”
Let’s take a look at Sanders’ Democratic Debate video explaining Democratic Socialism: