Trump and Pence (by extension) VS. "Socialism": I would reformulate this conflict and dilemma as: "The Neo-Nazi Kleptocrats, Crooks, and Mobsters vs. the traditional, normal, healthy, liberal, democratic, American way of life, call it by any name you wish."
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M.N.: It is also "increasingly obvious", Mr. Pence, that this "choice between freedom and socialism" is a false choice for "the public debate" and it is a false dichotomy. The so called "Socialism" is just a word which has many different meanings and various significance for many very different groups and people.
Both the German "National Socialism" (and also Italian and Spanish "models" which were somewhat different) and the Russian "GULAG Socialism" were the deeply criminal perversions of this old notion of equality and fairness.
It is very easy for Trump and the Trumpistas to use this word and concept, and also the concept of "anti-Socialism" as the convenient political tool of their political struggle for their political survival. This is the old device of scapegoating and demonizing the word or idea in order to mobilize the masses. The concept of Socialism does not automatically imply the lack of freedom; the Scandinavian social democracies are the example.
Trump and the Trumpistas polarize the public, very much like the Nazis did in Germany in 1930-s. They intend to make a Boogeyman out of this word, this concept (without understanding what it is and without any efforts to understand it), and out of their rival and competitor Bernie Sanders as the symbol and the carrier of this concept.
I would reformulate this conflict and dilemma as: "The Neo-Nazi Kleptocrats, Crooks, and Mobsters vs. the traditional, normal, healthy, liberal, democratic, American way of life, call it by any name you wish."
Vice President Mike Pence: "It's increasingly obvious in the public debate it's a choice between freedom and socialism." pic.twitter.com/aplQGjgzoe— The Hill (@thehill) March 7, 2019