A wartime president has many responsibilities, one of the most important of which is to know why America is at war while clearly conveying those reasons to our citizens. That is patently not the case today.
How do we put the dark side of 'U.S.' back into its bottle? The huge stock market losses make it harder for even the no-tax free marketers to deny the results of their work. The free market had spoken, after all, and did not like what it saw.
The months-long effort to raise the nation's debt ceiling has taken on the feel of an existential political debate, one that will redefine notions about the government's role in society for years to come. As a country, however, we've experienced this before.
One of the reasons the U.S. economy did so well in the last half of the 20th century is that we ignored ideology in favor of pragmatism. That is no longer true. Ideology has again become fashionable. And, we are paying for it, dearly.
There was a time when the media was more rational about sex. Throughout most of the twentieth century, in fact, the press maintained a gentlemen's agreement with politicians that prevented salacious stories of their sexcapades from public circulation.
The news that Weiner has decided to resign due to what I would regard as a prank makes me realize that we are living in an era in which sensationalism is being used as a substitute for serious political discourse.
President Obama should note that President Roosevelt's slamming the bankers and financiers -- beginning with his inaugural address and right up through his campaign for a second term -- did not destroy the country's banking system.
I'm sick of our media and government telling us how scared we should be, whether of violent crime or violent tornadoes or bogeyman terrorists overseas. My parents recognized the hard-won wisdom of FDR: the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
When Roosevelt said, "I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished," Americans knew their president was with them. This attitude was the basis of his rapport with the public, and for his three re-elections.
We can't afford not to promote economic and social rights when constitutional courts, schools, and ordinary people protesting on the streets around the world are beginning to understand and apply them.
The attitude that Obama must always appear calm, work toward compromise and avoid appearing to be a rabble-rouser is now taking an enormous toll. Obama has chosen a mediator path, and this is chilling.