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From the bestselling
Steven F. Hayward
“Steven Hayward . . . . thinks presidents should be graded on their loyalty to their oath of office.Why, it’s just crazy enough to work!” —JONAH GOLDBERG
You think you know about the Presidents, but did you know:
Woodrow Wilson openly criticizedthe Constitution and disdained theAmerican foundingFDR ran to the right of HerbertHoover in 1932 JFK was assassinated by a CommunistCrime rose 20 percent per year duringLBJ’s “Great Society” and its “War onPoverty”In the 2000 election between Bush andGore, the Electoral College workedexactly as the Founders intended it to
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“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office he shall take the following Oath orAffirmation: ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability preserve, protect, anddefend the Constitution of the United States.’”
 —U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 8
he Founding Fathers would be appalled by the modern presidency.Of all the things that would horrify them about the scope and reachof government today, the one that might alarm them most is thecharacter of the modern office of president. The scale of the presidentialoffice and the conduct of modern presidents are very different from whatthe Founders envisioned. In fact, the modern presidency is the exact
of what the Founders intended. The behavior of most modern presi-dents—personally ambitious politicians (or demagogues, in the Founders’eighteenth-century vocabulary) making populist appeals, offering lavishpromises, often impossible to fulfill, of what they will do for the people—isprecisely what the Founders wanted to avoid when they created the institu-tion. The modern presidency has become one of the chief ingredients in therecipe for endlessly expanding the government beyond the limits theFounders laid out for it in the Constitution.
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But this is not what you will learn from the leading textbooks and his-tories of the presidency, or from biographies of modern presidents. Most of the leading academic textbooks and the prominent media figures who coverpresidents implicitly teach that the greatest modern presidents are thosewho have made the government
and more powerful, and expandedthe reach of the presidency. Thus Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Rooseveltare typically ranked very high by pundits and historians alike, despite thosepresidents’ obvious political and policy failures, while presidents with alimited-government point of view, like Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge,and Ronald Reagan, are ranked poorly and treated with dismissive scorn by historians and journalists.Today the president stands at the apex of the American political system,and the presidency is the first thing most citizens think about when theyturn their attention to politics. The president can truly be said to be thecenter of gravity in American politics today. But this is a wholly modernphenomenon. Before the twentieth century, Congress was considered themore important branch of government.To be sure, we want great men—in the serious, classical sense of thephrase—to serve in the office of the president. We want men of high char-acter and ability to preside over the operation of our government. But thepresident is the focal point of the chief paradoxof the republican form of self-government. Wechoose our temporary rulers from amongst theranks of our fellow citizens. We want to be ableto look up to our government officials—thepresident most of all—but we do not wantthem to look back down upon us. We want toput the president up on a pedestal, but stillgaze upon him at eye-level. The most success-ful and popular presidents were able to man-
A Step Down?
Thomas Reed, the legendary RepublicanSpeaker of the House between 1889 and1899, dismissed suggestions that he run forpresident because he considered it a lesseroffice than Speaker of the House.

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