Bernie Sanders isn’t so far ahead of the socialist curve. South Dakota does socialism all the time. The difference between Bernie Sanders’s socialism and South Dakota’s socialism is that Sanders calls for Rooseveltian socialism on behalf of the masses:
[President Franklin Delano Roosevelt] saw one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.
And he acted. Against the ferocious opposition of the ruling class of his day, people he called economic royalists, Roosevelt implemented a series of programs that put millions of people back to work, took them out of poverty and restored their faith in government. He redefined the relationship of the federal government to the people of our country. He combatted cynicism, fear and despair. He reinvigorated democracy. He transformed the country.
And that is what we have to do today [Senator Bernie Sanders, speech, transcript by Vox, 2015.11.19].
The state Transportation Commission doubled the amount of highway aid available to local governments for economic development projects Friday.
Then the commission spent nearly all of it — though almost none of the projects approved Friday are in West River.
The panel approved $3.12 million for local-access work in 11 small communities, as well as $400,000 for a new ethanol plant to be built at Onida and $250,000 for a produce-delivery company opening at Dell Rapids.
…The commission didn’t take any action on a request for DOT to provide aid for township roads.
Dick Howard, a lobbyist for the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships, asked the commission to consider providing $1 million annually [Bob Mercer, “State Raises Spending on Local Road Projects, But Not West River,” Rapid City Journal, 2015.11.23].
Your choice at the polls in 2016 won’t be evil socialism versus good manly, Godly capitalism. It will more likely be between socialism for all, everyone working for everyone’s benefit (something America’s young voters seem to get), versus socialism for the few, everyone working to enrich the elites.