Mentioning 'democratic' and 'socialism' in the same sentence is itself an indication of delusion which seems to infect all proponents of this tested, failed and derelict ideology.
Both Democratic Party candidates in the Presidential primaries, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton espouse socialism as their core ideology although the more PR conscious Clinton prefers to use the more image friendly labels 'progressive' or 'liberal'.
It doesn't matter how it's packaged, socialism/communism remains a destructive ideology with a proven track record of abject failure, poverty, misery and tyranny.
Although both Sanders and Clinton are careful to hide the connection between socialism and communism it doesn't take much to expose the truth.
Don't be fooled by Sanders using the tag 'democratic socialism' or Clinton using 'progressive', or 'liberal' - "The goal of socialism is communism" so says Vladimir Lenin and he should know.
The relationship, between socialism and communism could not have been put better than by Ayn Rand when she opined thus:
"There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism - by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide".
The theory of socialism and communism is in itself seductive with it's message of fairness together with the abolition of demons such as inequality, poverty, hunger, homelessness and war along with creating a caring, sharing community where everyone wallows in brotherly love.
It's enough to melt the hearts of even the hardest capitalists and convert them into woolly, hand wringing bleeding hearts overnight if only they would listen to wealthy career politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton who, incidentally, happen to be members of the ruling class they claim to be fighting against on behalf of the people.
The reality of socialism/communism cannot be more different and it should not have slipped anyone's notice that neither Sanders nor Clinton ever give examples of a successful socialist country and they avoid like the plague any mention of the plethora of failed socialist countries that blight the planet - Venezuela being one of the latest.
They also fail to mention as they promote their destructive creed, the inevitable lapse into totalitarianism that has always accompanied socialism/communism wherever in the world it raises it's ugly head.
Only last week resource rich Venezuela was hiring a fleet of Jumbo jets to import millions of bank notes in order to cope with their 720% inflation rate.
In this resource rich country the late tyrant, Hugo Chavez along with his successor Nicolas Maduro, have managed to engineer shortages of everything from basic foodstuffs, such as flour, eggs, meat and vegetables to condoms and personal cleanliness products such as soap, toothpaste and toilet paper.
Sanders, Clinton and the bought-and-paid-for main stream media may hide it from the public during the election campaign but Venezuela is a living example of the utter dereliction, poverty and misery that results from the very socialist policies being touted by these two career politicians.
Shortages of basic goods, food riots, along with poverty and misery for the masses are standard in all socialist/communist countries but it is the inevitable lapse into totalitarianism that should concern people the most.
Despite former US President Jimmy Carter declaring the Venezuelan elections 'free and fair', Chavez and his successor Maduro used intimidation, media censorship and murder to steal elections and remain in power.
With the country and the economy in ruins thanks to the Hugo Chavez socialist revolution, Jimmy Carter remained in denial about his hero and his perverted ideology; he wanted Chavez to be remembered for the 'gains he made for the poor and vulnerable' and opining further that 'we have never doubted Hugo Chavez's commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen'.
(Carter's nonsense here)
Exactly who the 'we' are that Carter is referring to remains a mystery but it is safe to assume that it's his fellow believers; it is no mystery however to note that if Carter, along with Sanders and Clinton, were forced to live under the economic system they propose for others they may not be quite such enthusiastic advocates.
In conclusion it is worth pointing out to the obviously committed supporters of both Sanders and Clinton the words of one observant commentator who stated with wit that although 'the road to socialism is paved with unwiped a*ses, they will soon be able to attend to their personal hygiene with worthless banknotes.
A previous article on the failure of Venezuelan socialism here