Ron Paul and the American Presidency
by Charles A. Burris
by Charles A. Burris
electorate demands change from the failed leadership and policies
of the past.
They want our
country to once again be that "shining city on a hill," the visionary
hope and exemplar of truth, justice, and the American way respected
and emulated throughout the world and here at home.
Upon his triumphant
election next year, Ron Paul will bring that restored vision to
his office as President of the United States.
the traditionalist Anglo-American primacy of the rule of law since
the Magna Carta will direct the role the executive branch plays
in the constitutional matrix of our federal republic.
of powers will once again become Constitutionally mandated and respected,
emboldening the rights and liberties of everyday citizens, and restraining
an out-of-control Leviathan state.
blessings of liberty, peace, and prosperity will once again be proclaimed
throughout the land.
concept of the "unitary executive" will die a sudden, much prayed-for
The Paul ascendancy
will be a dramatic departure from the imperial presidency of administrations
of the past century, regimes who reigned over an ever-growing and
bloated welfare-warfare state.
this contrast be illustrated and demonstrated more than by examining
the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline
of Freedom, edited by John V. Denson, now
This bold and
important study of the unfolding usurpation and seizure of authority
by the executive branch is the starting point for the average citizen/reader
who wants to know how all of this transpired, and what the Paul
administration will face on January 20, 2009.
of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute has assembled a world-class array
of scholars (many well known to the readers of this website) to
catalog and detail this process, this long chain of abuses and extra-constitutional
departures from the libertarian vision of the Framers.
citizen/reader will next turn to The
American Presidency, Gore Vidal's marvelous historical
gaze into the furtive minds and shrouded character of the occupants
of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Vidal, Lewis H. Lapham ranks as one of our greatest essayists and
social observers. Imperial
Wish for Kings: Democracy At Bay, and Pretensions
to Empire: Notes on the Criminal Folly of the Bush Administration,
are three of his best collections of essays touching upon the American
For an encyclopedic
overview of the American presidency, the absolutely essential "Who's
Who" resource focusing upon the major domestic and foreign policy
issues, elite cabinet members, and key appointments of each administration
is Phillip H. Burch, Jr.'s three volumes, Elites
in American History: The Federalist Years to the Civil War;
in American History: The Civil War to the New Deal; and
in American History: The New Deal to the Carter Administration.
Presidents: Illusions of Power From McKinley to Carter, provides
an irreverent, iconoclastic, and illuminating examination of presidential
power by the famed syndicated columnist and former 60 Minutes
for a brilliant, in-depth synthesis in Establishment Studies, discerning
citizen/readers should relish Kevin Phillips' American
Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the
House of Bush, and Robert Parry's Secrecy
& Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty From Watergate To Iraq.
A. Burris [send him mail]
is a history instructor in an American high school.
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