I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
The basic premise of this thread and poll is false. The USA isn't anything close to being socialist. A lean toward "fascism" in the last decade or so, but a more apt description would be corporatism.
It really took off after Nixon's visit to China.
I'd say never for the Socialist part of the question, and I would say (for the fascist part) it was started under (not by) Eisenhower. I blame my states most infamous senator, McCarthy, for it.
Reality tends to have a liberal bias.
As for socialist.. anyone calling the US for socialist does not understand the meaning of socialist.
Started toward economic fascism/corporatism under Theodore Roosevelt (though Lincoln did some during the Civil War, which is why I voted for him), started a little toward actual fascim during Wilson, but I think we've steered away from hyper-nationalism for the most part since then.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero