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Have our presidents become kings?

Posted February 24th, 2012 in Uncategorized by isaac

http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/20/have-our-presidents-become-kings/

Presidents’ Day, the holiday Richard Nixon designated to celebrate the pomp and glory of the executive branch, is here again. The holiday is an opportunity to reflect on executive authority, and hence, it would be instructive to remember how the founding generation thought presidential powers would be implemented and interpreted while the Constitution was in the process of being ratified.

Proponents had to sell the document to several wavering delegates to the state ratifying conventions. Executive powers received a thorough examination, for these men feared the effects of an oppressive executive over all else. They had, after all, fought against executive abuse for over a decade and the Declaration of Independence was in large part an indictment of the “Tyrant,” King George III. The Articles of Confederation did not have an executive branch for that reason, and though by 1787 the majority of the founding generation considered an executive necessary, they did not want to revive the king of Great Britain on American shores…

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/20/have-our-presidents-become-kings/#ixzz1nHxYoDKj

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