What an incredibly dumb question to ask. And I'm sorry, the people answering "yes" are also dumb. Saying that any political philosophy short of facism is "unamerican" or "anti-american", goes against the very point and foundation of this country. Where people could be FREE to believe and practice whatever they wished. That didn't just mean religion, it also meant social and political beliefs.
I am a "Democratic Socialist", and I'm proud of that. I don't make a big deal of it, but I'm also not ashamed of it, and why should I be? To me, "socialism" means caring more about the overall good of the people, than the good of the government or big business. To me, "socialism" merely means caring about more than just yourself or your immediate circle. And I think quite a LOT of Americans have a very skewed and incorrect view of what socialism as a philosophy actually is. It has nothing to do with politics. It is a set of socio-economic ideals and values.
So stating that "socialism is anti-American", is outright stupidity. I'm sorry if that upsets some people, but it's the truth. People in America are allowed to believe and think however the fuck they want, and the only thing that would be TRULY "anti-American", would be someone actively trying to deny people that right.
Just splitting the hair here, but isnt socialism an economical/sociological term, rather then political? I mean you can have a socialist economy even if you have democracy orcommunism. It was never trully clear for me, and I think its understandable,m mainly because there is probably no concrete definition and several schools of toughts about it.
And I think that is the core issue here. Socialism is not well defined and 99% of people have no idea what it means. They use it like a buzzword, ever since the bolshevik revolution and it managed to receive an extremely negative stigma.
But then you look at many northern europen countries where the quality of life is arguably the best in the world, and found out that most of them have a naturaly evolved socialist economy. Not in the purest form, mind you, but then there are rarely any politcal or economic phenomenas that are on-par with their definition.