Most people have no idea what communism means, what it represents, or that it is an economic theory, not a political one. The same thing with socialism.
People call candidates communists, and socialists, when there is no such candidate running for office.
a theory or system of social organization in which the means of production and distribution of goods are owned and controlled collectively or by the government.
a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.
There are no candidates that even come close to those two models.
Currently, in the USA, we are a federal republic with democratic principles and socialism for needed services.
Those needed services are things such as:
State, federal and city infrastructures are a mixture of socialism and capitalism.
The only area where we are lacking socialism with needed services is our medical system for the average American. Yet the ones who pass the laws, our federally elected officials, enjoy a socialistic medical system. We have to put up with the BS from insurance companies.
Most people have no idea what we are, what kind of government we really have, how that all breaks down in the most simple terms, which would make it blatantly easy to see the contradictions.
I really wish the nay sayers about universal health care would, at the very least, demand that our elected representative stop giving themselves a free ride, or come to the realization that socialism for needed services can be a very good thing for the welfare of our country.
Plus, universal health care is guaranteed in our constitution in the preamble.
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,
promote the general welfare,
and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Life is so simple, but we insist on making it complicated
551 - 479 BC