June 25, 2008

AND HE'S THE SMARTEST DEMOCRAT EVER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT?:

America’s Next Chapter (GARY HART, 6/24/08, NY Times)

The idea that American politics moves in cycles is usually associated with the historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., but it has an even longer currency. Ralph Waldo Emerson noted the political oscillations between the party of memory and the party of hope, the party of conservatism and the party of innovation. Henry Adams believed that “a period of about 12 years measured the beat of the pendulum” during the era of the founders. Schlesinger, borrowing from his historian father, estimated that the swings between eras of public action and those of private interest were nearer to 30 years.

What matters more than the length of the cycles is that these swings, between what Schlesinger called periods of reform and periods of consolidation, clearly occur. If we somewhat arbitrarily fix the age of Franklin D. Roosevelt as 1932 to 1968 and the era of Ronald Reagan as 1968 to 2008, a new cycle of American political history — a cycle of reform — is due.

The Republican coalition — composed of the religious right on social issues, the radical tax cutters or “supply-siders” on economic issues, and the neoconservatives on foreign policy....


Can't you just see that cycle coming? The one dominated by seculars who want higher taxes at home and oppose democracy abroad?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2008 3:53 PM

Democrats have been predicting a such swings every election year since 1984.

Posted by: Brandon at June 25, 2008 4:54 PM

All I can say to that, is thank you Donna Rice. He's usually relegated to Roman empire analogies
of the Huff Po.

Posted by: narciso at June 25, 2008 7:38 PM
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