The Bush years have given rise to fears of a resurgent Imperial Presidency. Those fears are justified, but the problem cannot be solved simply by bringing a new administration to power. In his provocative new book, The Cult of the Presidency, Gene Healy argues that the fault lies not in our leaders but in ourselves. When our scholars lionize presidents who break free from constitutional restraints, when our columnists and talking heads repeatedly call upon the acommander in chief a to dream great dreams and seek the power to achieve themawhen voters look to the president for salvation from all problems great and smallashould we really be surprised that the presidency has burst its constitutional bonds and grown powerful enough to threaten American liberty? Interweaving historical scholarship, legal analysis, and trenchant cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency traces Americaas decades-long drift from the Framersa vision for the presidency: a constitutionally constrained chief magistrate charged with faithful execution of the laws. Restoring that vision will require a Congress and a Court willing to check executive power, but Healy emphasizes that there is no simple legislative or judicial afixa to the problems of the presidency. Unless Americans change what we ask of the officeano longer demanding what we should not want and cannot haveaweall get what, in a sense, we deserve.106 As the president strutted the deck of the USS Lincoln, clad in a naval aviatora#39;s flight suit and bathed in the adulation of the ... who, aby attacking problems frontally and aggressively, and interpreting his power expansively, can be the engine of change to move this nation forward. ... In September 2003, KB Toys introduced a flighta suited Bush action figure, the aElite Force Aviator, a celebrating aGeorgeanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Cult of the Presidency|
|Publisher||:||Cato Institute - 2009-05-01|