For most Americans, socialism has become a 'bad' word. But, for those believing such, they have been educated to ignore obvious signals about where we really stand in this country.
Yes, one can go to the ballot box and vote for leadership. But, the choices have been selected by those who are in charge. It is not really a democracy when one can choose among the 'party hacks' who have been preselected and placed on the ballot. Or, here's a joke: ' you can write in the name of your personal favorite'... ha! ha! ha!
Those few countries of the world that attempt some form of socialism usually rank highest in terms of satisfaction and accomplishment among their populations.