Democratic Socialism was birthed in my political DNA.
My paternal grandad voted for Eugene Debs, the Socialist Party of America's Candidate for President - in 1920 while Debs was imprisoned.
My dad, Merion Rheinhart - An American labour union man, was born in 1920, below is his political history - and I'm my father's son - to the letter.
Democratic-Socialism isn't something I heard about when Bernie first appeared - I knew of Bernie Sanders from his first run for office in 1971.
I was politically baptized a Democratic Socialist when I was 7 years old - in much the same fashion as millions of deeply conservative Republican families introduce their children to conservative Republican party politics at an early age - and to that path they stay for the duration. To be called a, "Radical Leftist" is a label I will proudly wear as a badge of honor.
My baptism came sitting alongside my dad watching both Lyndon Baines Johnson & Barry Goldwater's 1964 Acceptance speeches for the presidency - with him explaining to me Barry Goldwater's very dangerous narratives on foreign policy (a speech horribly stuffed with epithets of war - in which Goldwater neither offered his condolences to the nation nor to the Kennedy family - that had 7 months earlier lost a president to an assassin's bullet, instead he thanked Richard Nixon - of all people - and we know how that went some years later.
I've been a politicos all my life, I live, eat, sleep and breathe Ultra-Leftist politics (my area of expertise is foreign policy) all of the world's current hot spots - The entire Levant region - from the Wadi Rum, to the Hindu Kush - South China Sea issues - Indo-China affairs - ALL of the republics of former USSR & Warsaw Pact nations/The Russian Federation. I know of the places, the plays and the players and what they want. I'm to the left of Senator Sanders on many political issues facing our republic.
My dad and I were to attend the convention the was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 24, 1964 but events conspired and we didn't get there - so we settled for watching it on TV. My dad wanted me to see the president of the republic with my own two eyes.
This is Senator Barry Goldwater's 1964 acceptance speech. As you will see their political narratives couldn't be more different.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Progressive_National_Convention (My dad attended this convention, held in Philadelphia where I was born - in 1957 - and supported/voted for Henry Wallace's and his Progressive Party, they/Wallace were very strong on civil rights for black people, a 'living wage' - a second bill of rights - in fact it was Wallace who really was the true architect of FDR's 'second' Bill of Rights).
My political education is Democratic-Socialism, I care zero for the incrementalism of today's [deeply neoliberal] Democratic Party endless failures. With literally millions of Americans facing eviction and homelessness in the next few days they can't even get a simple piece of legislation passed to keep Americans in their homes - most of whom are the same Democratic voters who voted them into office to protect their interests. It's unconscionable - outright malevolent even.
I learned long again, the only thing that incrementalism will get you in politics is a very hard road ahead.....incrementalism is the middle of the road, and, as Jim Hightower once said, "there ain't nothin' in the middle of the road [in Texas] except yellow lines, and dead armadillos".......as long as we play along with the DNC, by their twisted morality it'll be political rinse and repeat - in perpetuity. I've stayed on the path of Democratic-Socialism, and will continue to do so until my last breath.
My cause is real, I have no lesser reasons. Global Capitalism is an abject failure - from its very birth it was never intended to better humanity. Democratic-Socialism, and only Democratic-Socialism, is the political vehicle that will take the human race forward. Economic models that still teach this vulgarity called capitalism must be purged and replaced with one of fairness, rooted in the premise of [first and foremost] human decency.
I'll be once again running against Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto (https://www.nvsos.gov/silverstate2016pri/USSenate), only this go-round I won't be near penniless (without money all the issues on the world can't get your message to the people - your campaign is dead in the water with money - at least 1 million dollars for the Nevada market - against a party backed candidate for ANY office).
"We must burn the books of the hypocrites, and, let their lying pages warm the bones of men (and women) of truth." - Emile Zola