Socialism versus democracy: the showdown

As citizens of one of the most successful experiments in socialism, you have lived up to what the likes of John Stuart Mill would demand as a necessary condition or characteristic of an effective democracy: there should be competing, and even contrary opinions fleshed out constantly. When one idea fails, a better one should be allowed to get ushered in. This is what your vote embodied.

When the power at the top topples from having balanced itself for too long on the ever-narrowing foundation beneath, the system fails and the political stronghold is relinquished.

The United States are destined either to surmount the gorgeous history of feudalism, or else prove the most tremendous failure of time.

Whether or not you have noticed, I have been building up for this article. Readers may have noticed the hyperbole in both of  I hope the point was made.

The above italicized paragraph is an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s Democratic Vistas, which, along with his poem Song of Myself, he claimed to be his most seminal. Why did Whitman believe so deeply in democracy, and what is the significance of his placing the latter poem and the former essay in the same “seminal” group?

I will put it this way let me know if it rings a bell:

Most debates about the definition of socialism result less from the desire to implement socialism than from quarrels among factions struggling for powr. But the goals of politics is human well-being, one can define as progres, any change, reform or revolution that results in making the economic system work a little more for the benefit of man, and man a little bit less for the benefit of the system from The Totalitarian Temptation, by Jean-Francois Revel.

This is the core of both Whitman’s essay and poem and of socialism—the people.
Any debate over its definition is disingenuous. Ask yourself if socialism by definition, is anti-democratic, or, if, to the contrary it is the fundamental ideal of democracy; utiltarianism the greatest good for the greatest number, and then ask yourself if the candidate you have elected talked that talk and walked that walk.

The pundits had it correct this time it is a matter of our country verging on a socialist transition and whether Obama is essentially bidding for a socialist “crack at it.” But the discussion need not loiter upon the utility or definition of socialism, it simply being “mankind” oriented. At this point of discourse, it is a matter of common-sense, and Obama has that sense McCain didn’t and probably never will.

You have elected Obama because he strikes that socialist cord in you and because McCain did not, because you are democratic citizens, whether you want to be or not, and simply because you understand your responsibility to your nation.

Our current unfortunate circumstance is simply forcing us to see this responsibility. As Americans, we live for these moments.

We are a nation of answers to questions that have not all been asked. We have, through time, risen to the moment by offering ourselves as answers.

We succeeded up until now. We have succeeded once again with Obama.