The Presidency: Toward the Functional Center

Is the world better off now than when Ronald Reagan took over the White House a year ago? All sorts of tensions and crises say the answer is no. Is the nation? Not according to the statistics. Have most people improved their lives? Probably not by any arithmetical measurement. But are we less worse off than we might have been with the alternative to Reagan? The answer is yes.

It is on that slender and slippery ledge that Reagan's presidency now sustains itself. Everything is relative. A choice between Thomas Jefferson and Abraham...

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