Somebody needs to make it clear: Social Security IS socialist. Medicare IS socialist.
I can't seem to get that point across even here. Mixed systems work best. It's almost like racism, racially integrated societies work better than apartheid. But racists simply don't buy into that theory.
It seems to be fear and hatred of any sort of change. Even though if we don't change we are pretty much doomed. Democratic Socialism isn't even a major change.
But even a single black person in the pool just spoils it for everyone else...who is white...and racist.
Perhaps what Democratic Socialists need to do is demonize Capitalism the way Republicans have demonized Socialism.