BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA: The Most Radical President in American History

Written by Robert Justin Lipkin on November 5th, 2008

Congratulations to Barack Hussein Obama who, when the Electoral College meets next month, will formally become the President-Elect of the United States. On 20 January 2009, then President-Elect Obama will assume office as the most radical presideobama1.jpgnt in American history. No, he’s not a socialist; nor is he a super-liberal. Obama’s radicalism is strictly American. It resides in his commitment to civic virtue and to fashioning an inclusive deliberative dialogue or conversation between and among the citizenry of the United States and between and among the citizens and their governmental representatives. His promise resides in rejecting warfare as the modus operandi of American politics and replacing it with the quest for consensus-seeking cooperation and community. Obama’s promise is to listen to the different voices in American society, the different songs in the choir of republican democracy. This requires stifling the instinctual demonization and slandering of our political opponents and seeing them instead as reflecting ourselves, everyone of us seeking the nation’s good, but explicating that good in different, sometimes, in incompatible ways. His radicalism counsels us to appreciate that in a genuine democracy, one cannot, one should not, feel entitled to political and policy victories in every case. Conflict, in our nation is inevitable, but resolving conflict through bitter, partisan, and hateful methods is not. That’s where Obama’s radicalism lies.


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