LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democrats aren’t really socialists


Genevieve Guenther

Stewart B. Epstein, U.S. Congressional Candidate

To The Editor:

I believe that the new “Democratic Socialist” members of the US Congress have their hearts and souls in the right place, but not their heads and minds. Like them, I too believe that our federal government should do more and spend more to help make the lives of our citizens better just like all of our traditional allies do. However, there has never been a truly “socialist” economy in the history of the world which was ever able to produce enough wealth to meet the basic survival needs of its citizens. It has never worked. So, it is foolish to call yourself a socialist. You are just giving conservatives a new insult and put-down to try to make you look bad.

A lot has been said about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to tax the yearly-INCOME of those earning over $10 million per year by 70%. The problem with this is that we need to start taxing total WEALTH because that’s where we can get enough revenue to pass a Canadian-style national health insurance program to cover and greatly help 99% of Americans (except for the richest 1%). That’s where we can get the revenue for our President and Congress to declare a “War on Cancer” and begin to spend enough to find cures for all forms and kinds of cancer so we can put an end to all of this suffering once and for all one day.

It is possible that we might have a much more equal and truly “Socialist” society one day. But that day is at least 1000-2000 years away. We will all have to evolve and transform spiritually, emotionally, and mentally into much more loving, caring, and compassionate human beings before we are ready for that. Right now, we are simply too individualistic, too selfish, too self-centered, too self-absorbed, too much “into only ourselves,” and too “full of ourselves” and too much into believing that we are “all that” for it to work.

Because as the philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin has observed, humankind is presently at the spiritual, emotional, and mental level of a 12-year-old child. Sometimes I think that it is more like a 7-year-old child.

And, I include myself in that. Because I make mistakes and I fall short of being the kind of person who I can be and should be every day of my life. So, I am not judging anyone else here.


Stewart B. Epstein

2266 Westside Drive

Rochester, New York 14624


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Stewart B. Epstein is a retired college professor of Sociology and Social Work. He taught at West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, and SUNY-Brockport. He recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in 2020 and will run against incumbent Congressman Chris Collins in western New York.