Dec. 26, 2019

Reading an article in the New York Review of Books, I discovered that the colonists before the revolution in this country had a take on the king’s power I had not understood. Their thinking, some of them, was that since the king had granted the charters to start the colonies, the British parliament had no authority over them, i.e. they put all the power into the hands of the king, the chief executive.

This then colored their thinking on the executive branch, some wanting to give the president a great deal more power than they wound up on the whole giving him in the Constitution. So that may be a bedrock ideal of those who want to support a more powerful presidency, something they may regret when a Democrat is sitting there and something we all would regret sooner or later. I’ll get the title of the book.

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