Democratic socialism sounds like a war on capitalism. Please come up with a better name. There is nothing wrong with capitalism, though sometimes — like now — I think it needs to be keep in a cage.

The best social system is a fine balance of capitalism and socialism. Sure, currently capitalism in America has run amuck soaking up most of the nation’s worth for the benefit of a lucky few. But, still, we need the driving force of capitalism. We just have to get tough with it and put it back in harness where it pulls the nation, not trample it to death.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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