Former House candidate defends Democratic socialism, explains why Democrats should not listen to James Comey

07/26/2018 09:14 AM

Former 35th Dist. Democratic state House candidate Richard Becker says he found many on the campaign trail open to policies trending towards Democratic socialism.

Becker came in second in a three-way Democratic primary for the seat currently held by Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville. He penned a first person account of his experiences on the campaign trail in Kentucky for online publication Vox about why Socialism is an easy sell in “flyover country.”

The union organizer from Louisville, said that even voters in the district suggested progressive policy ideas to him – like single payer healthcare. Becker said in his experiences, and from what he’s read there hasn’t been a lot of discussion on applying the label Democratic Socialist, but voters “crave policies that are going to address the concerns of them and their families.”

“As long as the Democratic Party pursues a message and an agenda that really doesn’t speak to folks concerns and doesn’t offer bold solutions to the problems millions of Americans are facing, I think they’re going to continue to find problems winning elected office,” Becker said.

Becker said that he thinks Democratic Socialists can get elected into office in Kentucky, but adds the reality is they haven’t really tried.

Earlier this week former FBI director James Comey warned Democrats not to “lose your minds and rush to the socialist left.”

Becker warned Democrats not to listen to the Republican former FBI director who has pushed back against President Trump.

“I would caution my fellow Democrats to remember that James Comey is a life-long Republican who has his own political views and own political agenda,” he said. “I would caution my fellow Democrats to not take political advice from someone like him.”



  • Facts wrote on July 26, 2018 03:05 PM :

    I have a better question that wasn’t asked during this interview, “Why didn’t you just run as a socialist and not a democrat”? What I find as a joke is that this website and TV show has passed this man off as some kind of expert. He’s not, he hasn’t won anything (coming in 2nd in a house primary is not a badge of honor, it states you lost), and he is not a democrat but a socialist. Why don’t people in this country stand up and tell these wackos that Socialism is an ill on society. Do people not remember the food lines, gulags, and stalinist communism? People need to actually look at the countries that have tried this and failed such as Venezuela, Cuba, and other South American countries. All of his solutions are for the government to give you this or that for free with no answers of how to pay for it. Sounds an awfully lot like centralized government to me. I guess his solution to pay for all of these new government giveaways is to just tax the rich….. Nick Storm, I had better respect for you than to interview and promote this socialist hack.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on July 27, 2018 09:42 AM :

    Some points to make:
    1. The journalist wanted a perspective on “democratic socialism” and this was a convenient place to get one. Don’t fault him.
    2. His union buds all voted for Trump!
    3. We already have real corporate socialism in a big way, but Dems won’t publicize it.
    4. While Becker lost, he did go to the effort to run. The countries Mr. Facts mentioned above are communist, more like Russia, land of Putin, not socialist like Denmark.

  • AllPainNoGain wrote on July 27, 2018 10:22 AM :

    I’m not sure I am on the democratic socialist train, but I think it is fair to say that the socialism talked about here is not the same socialism that older generations think of. Becker is not supporting socialist regimes like Russia, but is rather talking about the ideals of a government meeting the basic needs of its citizens. Democratic socialist want taxes used to support free post-secondary education, basic medical care for our countrymen, and a living wage (currently advocating, I think, for a $15 hour/minimum wage). Old folks who think of socialist soviet empires, are not in tune with the ideals of todays younger generation. Old folks are still thinking in terms of yesterday, while the democratic socialists are thinking in terms of tomorrow.

  • Dee W. wrote on July 27, 2018 11:55 PM :

    Sure – an “easy sell” – why, just look at how much more prosperous Venezuela is now.

    “he countries Mr. Facts mentioned above are communist, more like Russia, land of Putin”
    As though there’s a difference in actual governance – both require severe oppression of populace in order to be enacted. Russia abandoned communism but it is indeed quite authoritarian in nature again – too bad Yeltsin couldn’t have held on to power longer than he was able to. USSR stands for “Union of the Soviet SOCIALIST Republics” after all. Nazi is short for “National Socialism”.

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