Resistance Poet, Walt Whitman

“Though I think I fully comprehend the absence of moral tone in our current politics and business, and the almost entire futility of absolute and simple honor as a counterpoise against the enormous greed for worldly wealth, with the trickeries of gaining it, all through society in our day, I still do not share the depression and despair on the subject which I find possessing many good people.” ~ Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

I find strength in the words of Walt Whitman, a poet strongly influenced by Emerson. Democracy is now openly attacked by many of our country’s leaders. Many who should speak out remain silent for expediency’s sake and to remain in power.

What is the collective personality and character of our country’s “children en-masse?” Will that collective character lean toward democracy’s ideals of justice and equal rights, or oppression, bigotry, and destruction? Through history, our country’s collective voice has leaned toward justice, so action (not “depression and despair”) should be the call we follow. – Kindly Crumudgeon

“Long, too long America,
Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn’d from joys and prosperity only,
But now, ah now, to learn from crises of anguish, advancing, grappling with direst fate and recoiling not,
And now to conceive and show to the world what your children en-masse really are,
(For who except myself has yet conceiv’d what your children en-masse really are?)”
~ Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass (1891–92)

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