The Leader We Deserve

Obama and McCain are both good men. But, in times like these, that isn't good enough

Engraved from a photograph by William G. Jackman

Abraham Lincoln

Peace and prosperity. During the last decade of the 20th century, Americans enjoyed more of both than any other people in history. Not all Americans, but most. Certainly most voters. Then came 9/11, and out went secure peace, but we still had prosperity. And then last month, the other shoe dropped. Now both peace and prosperity seem uncertain. When we were riding high, we called it "business as usual" and found it intolerable. Politicians of every stripe promised to rescue us with a magic elixir: "change." Well, now we have change. Kind of makes you miss that old business as usual,...

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