Monthly Archives: February 2009

Vermont Edition: Do We Need Our Own Truth and Reconciliation Commission?

I’ll be on Vermont Edition with Jane Lindholm tomorrow (Tuesday)  to talk about Senator Leahy’s proposal to create a version of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate various activities of the Bush administration.  It’s a call-in program, running from … Continue reading

Obama and FDR: Why No Socialism in the United States?

The responses to my blog on FDR and Obama prompts me to reconsider a question famously asked by the political theorist Louis Hartz in his classic work The Liberal Tradition in America: Why no socialism in the United States?  Hartz’ … Continue reading

Is Obama the Next FDR? Let’s Hope Not!

Is Obama the next FDR? Among the several presidents Obama is supposed to be channeling, FDR has become the favorite historical archetype for many of his supporters. It is easy to understand why.  Roosevelt is typically rated among the three … Continue reading

In Honor of President’s Day

In honor of President’s Day, I want to take a moment to step back and remember the late, great Richard E. Neustadt.  Until his death in 2003 at the age of 84, Neustadt was the nation’s foremost presidency scholar.  In … Continue reading

Obama, the Stimulus Bill and Viewer Mail

Because I’m on deadline on another article, and because each post typically takes a couple of hours of research, I want to save some time and instead use today’s post to respond to the several good questions that have come … Continue reading