The idea that Democrats want to make America more like Europe is a favorite Republican attack line. Writing in the New York Times, David Brooks expresses amazement that so many millennials are supporting Bernie Sanders, an open admirer of the European model. Why would anyone in his right mind favor "sluggish" Europe over "vibrant" America? If we focus on data rather than snappy sound bites, the attraction of the European model is clear.
The reality is that King himself supported democratic socialism -- and that civil rights activists and socialists have walked arm-in-arm for more than a century. The same news outlets that omit such facts keep telling us that the mass of African-American voters in South Carolina and elsewhere are diehard devotees of Hillary (and Bill) Clinton.
Young Democratic voters favor Sanders, especially because of his endorsement of Medicare for everyone, more emphasis than Clinton on raising the minimum wage, limiting income inequality, climate change and taking a tougher stand against business and for more regulation. The problem is, as Clinton has been at pains to point out, that the current Congressional realities make those goals unrealistic.