Think of this as Volume 17, Number 40 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
The Civil War was existential, the war itself inevitable. The progressive crisis was governmental. The New Deal problem was economic. The Vietnam crisis was social.
Our present crisis is political. What looked at first like an economic problem turned out to be a political one. This crisis tests whether our political institutions can survive an all-out attack from a determined minority, or whether a system originally designed to protect slavery would also, by its nature, halt the march of progress.
We have the perfect President for this crisis. Barack Obama studied constitutional law. He understands the nature of our political system inside and out. He understands our past and where we need to go.