I think perhaps it's a question of who wakes up first, the government or the governed. In order to be successful in getting to the path it wants to be on, the government must accept that we have become a social democracy. It they want it work it, they must take a good look at socialism, where it works and why. They must also realize that there is no great idological war between capitalism and socialism, it comes down to how people in different classes treat each other.
On the other hand "We the People" must except that the Federal Government is a run away train, with a full load, of explosives, going down hill... The people are are at the bottom of the Hill, 2012 is just around the corner.