Has the American Presidency Lost Its Soul?

(Jason Reed/Reuters)
A new book makes the case that the Hamiltonian ideal of the constitutional presidency has been hijacked by demagogues.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A n easy trick for pundits looking to generate content is to ask, “What would the Founders think of so and so?” The giants of the American Founding—Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Jay, and so on—commented upon such a vast array of subjects that it is but a small matter to find a line that happens to reinforce a preconceived notion, and . . . voila . . . the daily quota for content has been met!

It is much harder to think seriously about the Founding vision, how it applies to modern politics, and what it can teach us (in both its

Jay Cost is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Faith and Freedom at Grove City College.

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