What Makes a Great President?
Steven F. Hayward Examines the Records of Our Past 17 Presidents, Revealing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly like Never Before
Like so many modern presidents before him, President Barack Obama promised Americans everything in his State of the Union Address—from tax-code reform to bringing jobs back to the U.S. to new watch-dog agencies that will round up all of those bad guys on Wall Street. Obama clearly intends to continue expanding the power of government agencies and the scope of his own office—the office of the President of theUnited States.
Steven F. Hayward’s revealing new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama, illustrates just how far the office of the presidency has strayed from the original intent of our Founding Fathers.
Hayward warns, “The inflation of the presidency and the expansion of government that goes with it have inflated status, power, and egos all the way down the food chain.” He states that the rapidly growing government has allowed elected officials and appointees “to believe and act as though they are a separate, privileged elite ruling class.”
The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama gives Americans a new standard by which to judge our presidents: how truthful they have remained to the Constitution.
Hayward highlights the office of the presidency as the Founders intended it to be:
- The Founders did not want the president to be chosen by direct popular election
- The Founders set up checks and balances so that the president could stand guard over a whole system that was designed to keep him in check at the same time
- The Founders believed that the Constitution belongs equally to all three branches of government and ultimately to the people
- The Founders intended for veto powers to be used by the president to strike down legislation that stood in contrast to constitutional discourse
Before heading to the ballot box in November, it is important not only to consider whether the candidate “shares your values” or “cares about people like you,” but to keep in mind the most important factor for evaluating a would-be president: will the candidate take seriously the most sacred oath of office, to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
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