Is Socialist? I hear this a lot "We are becoming socialist" and "Obama is a Socialist" and "Socialism is ruining us." And this got me wondering, since I hear it a lot; 1. What is a "socialist" system REALLY look like? What is the definition of this thing 2. How much of our government is currently operating this way? And since when? Anyone??? Someone??? Can you clarify this for me in a serious way besides the "socialism" sucks variety? I have no idea honestly, but this how you learn, by asking...or at least my "common" understanding from a pathetic social studies course in high school may have been sorely lacking.