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To the Editor:
Jon Gabriel, a libertarian Republican, has some heartfelt advice for Democrats (8/19/18); ixsnay the "Socialism." He claims it has never worked anywhere and name drops Venezuela.
We Democrats always take suggestions from concerned Republicans with a giant grain of salt. No prominent Democrat and hardly any anonymous Democrats support "Socialism" in the sense of the government owning the means of production, and nobody holds up Venezuela as a model. We do admire the accomplishments of many other countries that Republicans regularly call "Socialist" including most of Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Japan, Australia... who maintain vigorous democracies in spite of universal health coverage (with better outcomes than ours), strong worker rights including unions and unemployment insurance, close to free public education from preschool to graduate, and effective protection of voting rights, minority rights and women's rights.
Must have slipped Mr. Gabriel's mind. He also overlooks popular American"Socialism" like Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, food stamps, federal deposit insurance, and "Socialist Security."
As a Democrat who honestly has only Republicans' best interests at heart, let me give you a suggestion; Make it clear that you want to eliminate all these American forms of "Socialism" and believe that even though 30-some free and prosperous countries can provide a strong safety net for their whole population, with better results, for less money and greater satisfaction of the public, that we, the United States of America, the richest country in history can't afford any of this. Honest, cross my heart and hope to die, I believe you should do this.
By the way, it's not "Socialism" that has never succeeded. It's Libertarian government that has never worked anywhere, ever.