The Presidency: Seeking a Democratic Vision

Seeking a Democratic Vision

The year was 1940, and the political master Franklin D. Roosevelt was speaking at a Jackson Day dinner about the glories of his beloved Democratic Party. "But the future lies with those wise political leaders," admonished F.D.R., "who realize that the great public is interested more in government than in politics."

That warning echoed in the aftermath of last week's election as triumphant Democrats let their hopes rise for a resurgence in national leadership. As if Roosevelt's ghost had sponsored him, Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., a biographer of F.D.R., showed up in Washington to extol his new book, The Cycles...

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