The Cult of the Presidency

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By Gene Healy

America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power. When our scholars lionize presidents who break free from constitutional restraints, when our columnists and talking heads repeatedly call upon the “commander in chief” to dream great dreams and seek the power to achieve them—when voters look to the president for salvation from all problems great and small—should we really be surprised that the presidency has grown powerful enough to threaten American liberty?