Two events in Springfield this week recalled more hopeful times in U.S. politics and government. In the play All the Way at the Hoogland Center for the Arts – there’s still time to see it and you should – remarkable performances by Rich McCoy as LBJ, Tony Young as Martin Luther King Jr. and a large cast depicted the wrangling that went into passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. On Tuesday, Jeffrey A. Engel came to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to discuss his new book, When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War. When Bush took office in 1989, Engel said, totalitarian regimes were falling, the Berlin Wall was about to come down and the Soviet Union was about to break up. “We know what works,” Bush said in his inaugural address. “Freedom works. We know what’s right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.” For contrast, see p. 4 for Chris Britt’s take on the current Washington scene. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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