But he’s our imperial president!

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June 2, 2011
Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  
Posted in Commentary

"Sometimes it's hard to remember that the presidency was supposed to be a constitutionally limited office. George Washington didn't imagine himself 'commander in chief of our economy,' in Hillary Clinton's bizarre formulation; our first president doubted that his powers as CINC even allowed him to attack hostile Indian tribes without congressional authorization. Nor did Washington refer to himself by his military title, preferring to call the office the 'chief magistracy,' a far humbler term." (06/02/11)


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