When Bernie Talks about Democratic Socialism he is referring to the safe and effective models being implemented by countries such as Denmark & Sweden & America i.e. stuff that helps society and thus termed "socialist". This isn't the same as communist or the economics definition of socialism. This is democratic socialism or an interpretation of what Article 1 Section 8 is saying when it says taxes must be decided upon for the general welfare of Citizens. There is a huge misunderstanding of the word and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.
Link: Bernie Sanders explains democratic socialism (see a full video with transcript below)
Article: Sanders: When I Talk About Democratic Socialism, I'm Talking About Social Security
Salon: The 12 best reasons to be a democratic socialist - Bernie's latest speech is a triumph -- and a reminder that our greatest domestic programs are rooted in socialism
Link (blog post): Jon Stewart (Daily Show) Investigated How These "Socialist: Countries Work;
When free public school (1-12) was announced, I'm sure there was an opposition to it. But having an educated youth helps us. When social security for the elderly was announced there was opposition to it (& still is by the Koch Brothers) but is now generally considered to be a good idea (especially by those who don't want to see elderly people die-ing in the streets... churches can handle only so much before they are overwhelmed). Medicare was opposed as communism but is now considered to be a good idea. Why is this all a good idea? Because social safety nets allows society to keep knitted together and this frees up the youth from having to take care of the elderly. More freedom for youth with more education means we will have an increase in productivity which will boost our economy tremendously over a long period of time (10-15-20 years).
Fox News doesn't talk of democratic socialism the same way and Hillary, in her quest to win the Presidency, has adopted this strategy from the GOP/Fox News and since CNN is more concerned with getting along with the rich so they can fulfill their fantasies of being like an aristocracy (which they act like quite effectively),
To Recap, EVEN ... CNN declared that Bernie Sanders's Utopia was in Denmark:
Bernie SandersVideo Article: Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism IN The United States
In his inaugural remarks in January 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt looked out at the nation and this is what he saw.
Salon: “It’s the corruption, stupid”: Hillary’s too compromised to see what Donald Trump understands The key 2016 issue is outrage over a rigged system by special interests. There's a reason Hillary doesn't get it
In 1992, James Carville, Bill Clinton’s senior campaign strategist, scribbled a terse memo containing three instructions. Two are long forgotten. The third may live forever. “It’s the economy, stupid” became a meme because it nailed the issue that drove that election. One overarching issue drives this election, but neither Hillary Clinton’s campaign nor the Democratic Party got the memo. Any swing voter could tell them what it says: It’s the corruption, stupid.
Salon: Democrats are afraid to speak the truth about Hillary: She’s the embodiment of white privilege, while Sanders has earned his success The strongest example of white privilege is placing more emphasis on war than the plight of struggling Americans