Former First Lady Hillary Clinton championed a socialist approach to affordable health care so that all Americans would have coverage. Her plan sparked national debate, and references were made to the 1962 short film, "Red Nightmare," because her plan called for heavy government control.
During an essay contest, Lisa Simpson shares an impassioned speech about corruption in the United States government. The events that follow suggest the opposite: that the government is fighting corruption and serving the people. By contrast, another contestant shares his perspective of America as a land of opportunity for his immigrant family.
King Shahdov is introduced to Rupert, a young boy who is an editor of the school magazine. Rupert goes off on a rant about political power and freedom. He claims that politics antagonize the people and that passports and monopolies place restrictions on individuals. He advocates for democratic values.
At dinner one night, Stan notices that his son, Steve, used communist terminology. He talks to Sergei, who is originally from the Soviet Union and is helping Steve build a model rocket, about Steve's use of communist words and learns of Sergei's plan to "steal" his son. Stan visits Steve in his room and learns that he has become a communist.