As we all know, Socialism is a political system in which the government forcefully takes away from the rich their possessions. Which are given to the poor, thus making them rich. Which means that the government must take away their possessions, and give them back to those who were formerly the rich, because they are now poor. Making them again rich.... and so on... endlessly. The right has made up some similar absurd definition of Socialism. Made to order by Hannity and Limbaugh so they can attack it. Not being Hannity and Limbaugh too bright and even less "educated", all they did was look up with some sort of "idealized" verion of "Communism". Call that "socialism". And attack that. Despite the fact that it has nothing to do with anything that anybody has proposed. But, of course, people like Hannity and Limbaugh would be lost if they had to debate somebody about real proposals. They feel it's much easier to attack absurd statements that they themselves made up. The fact is that socialism is much simpler than that. Socialism is the opposite of individualism. Which does not mean that Socialism wants to eliminate individualism. It simply means that it's the contrasting ideology. While the ultimate goal of individualism is individual gain. The goal of socialism, is social welfare, equality of opportunities at all levels within the society, and to secure the benefit of liberty and justice for all of us and our posterity. What AOC, Bernie and others are talking about is called "Democratic Socialism" . This is Socialism under a Democracy,. Which means that everything has to be in accordance with our laws and our Constitution as the Democratic Republic that we are. It's that simple. We have always had socialism in this country. Our road system is socialist. Our public education system. Medicare, Social Security, our Postal Services.... Even our Constitution. Of course, Cemocratic Socialism was not ideologically established at the time. The reason is simple: our Constitution, our Independence, and our Revolution actually helped shape Democratic Socialism. We defined what Democracy is today, and we defined what Socialism is today. In a Democratic nation, the Government provides for the Common Defense. There are no individual mercenaries. The Government promotes the General Welfare. That;s everybody's welfare. Of the whole of society. And, of course, the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity. Not just for those who can afford them. This ensures Justice and domestic Tranquility. This is the basis in which this country was constituted. And they are what today are considered "Socialist Principles" Of course, private property is explicitly protected in the Constitution. As are individual rights. These are integral parts of a Democratic Republic. I tend more towards Democratic Socialism than to individualism, but circumstances always rule. I am not an ideologue! Nor is, obviously, the Constitution. It contains a healthy does of Socialism. It is not socialist. A healthy does of socialism, along with a healthy dose of libertarianim, conservativism, individualism and every non-destructive ideology is always desirable. It's not the ideology that is the problem. It's ideologues. Those who think that one ideology solves all the problems. They don't! None do. Solutions are found in all ideologies depending on the circumstances. So, to the right, the real "horror" of socialism is that, if people realize that we have already been living in a heavily socialist society since.... we became a nation... they might have to find a new talking point.