The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power (Google eBook)

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Cato Institute, 2008 - Political Science - 367 pages
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The Cult of the Presidency cakes a step back from the ongoing red team/blue team combat and shows that, at bottom, conservatives and liberals agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility. For both camps, it is the president's job to grow the economy, teach our children well, provide seamless protection from terrorist threats, and rescue Americans from spiritual malaise, Very few Americans seem to think it odd, says Healy, "when presidential candidates talk as if they're running for a job that's a combination of guardian angel, shaman, and supreme warlord of the earth."
Interweaving historical scholarship, legal analysis, and trenchant cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency traces America's decades-long drift from the Framers' 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 "fix" to the problems of the presidency. Unless Americans change what we ask of the office - no longer demanding what we should not want and cannot have - we'll get what, in a sense, we deserve.

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Review: The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

User Review  - Chadwick Saxelid - Goodreads

Two things, a thought and a memory, frequently came to mind while I was reading Gene Healy's The Cult of the Presidency. The thought was: AND??? (A thought that might make little to no sense to ... Read full review

Review: The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

User Review  - John Barbatano - Goodreads

Definitely worth the read. Any book about the the prospects for - and necessity of - executive restraint is going to be discouraging, but it's an important issue. Read full review


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2 Progress and the Presidency
3 The Age of the Heroic Presidency
4 Hero Takes a Fall
5 Superman Returns
6 War President
7 Omnipotence and Impotence
8 Why the Worst Get on Topand Get Worse
9 Toward Normalcy

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About the author (2008)

Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and author of a number of studies criticizing executive power abuses by presidents of both parties, including the ebook "False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency".

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