Social democracy is a Political Ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th century from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through democratic evolutionary rather than revolutionary means. During the early and mid-20th century, social democrats were in favor of stronger labor laws, nationalization of major industries, and a strong welfare state. Over the course of the 20th century, most social democrats gradually distanced themselves from Marxism and class struggle. As of 2004, social democrats generally do not see a conflict between a capitalist market economy and their definition of a socialist society, and support reforming capitalism in an attempt to make it more equitable through the creation and maintenance of a welfare state. Often, the term socialism is used to denote social democrats, although in many countries socialism is a broader concept including democratic socialists, Marxists, communists, libertarian socialists and sometimes anarchists. In the past, social democrats were often described as reformist socialists (since they advocated the implementation of socialism through gradual reforms). They were contrasted with the revolutionary socialists, who advocated the implementation of socialism through a workers' revolution. Today, however, the democrat socialists carry on the legacy of reformist socialism and seek to bring about a fully socialist system through electoral means. Social democratic parties are among the largest parties in most countries in Europe, as well as in the majority of European-influenced parts of the world. In the United States there are the Social democrats who are seen as center left in orientation. The Founding Fathers of this great country knew this as can be seen in the Federalist Papers which can be located at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Papers (click link below) which everyone in this country should read, study and learn.
We as Free Americans have a choice and that choice is the path to socialism or the path back towards Freedom. The path to socialism is to re-elect and elect political candidates in the 2010 election who support Democratic Socialism. The Path to Freedom is to re-elect and elect political candidates that support the "United States Constitution" and "Bill of Rights" and strongly support a Free America, Smaller Government and less Government controls on our lives. IT IS YOUR CHOICE.