On a side note Bernie Sanders has sat down for an interview for The Nation magazine on the status of his movement since the conventions. In it he argued that a Trump presidency would be a disaster for the nation and the world. It's hard to argue against that.
My last comment is in response to a letter to the editor in The Tribune-Democrat titled "Nation Closer to Socialism than Many Believe." In it Jackie Clark argues that the US is on a slippery slope towards socialism following Central and South American countries such as Venezuela and Brazil. Clark argues that the socialism is just a precursor to establishing Soviet style communism.
Clark neglects to mention that most European nations have embraced some form of democratic socialism for the past 70 to 100 years and are showing no signs of sliding into communism. Indeed the communism that existed behind the iron curtain during the Cold War was imposed on them by the Soviets and fell apart quickly as the USSR did. If they really intended to become communist they would have done it by now.
As far as suppressing freedom goes, the Scandinavian countries are in a better position to take personal initiative in creating businesses as they do not need to worry about health care, child care, and education expenses. The difficulties in Venezuela, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and others are more due to the global financial crisis (due to unfettered capitalism), to the decline in global oil prices, and to good old fashioned corruption.
The last three paragraphs will be submitted to the Tribune Democrat in response. I'll let you know if it is published. Next up, the 6th anniversary post.