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The Power of the Executive

  • Terry Eastland Beyond the News
  • 2006 20 Feb
The Power of the Executive

February 20, 2006

We don't have a day for senators or for justices. But we do recognize President's Day. And there is a fundamental reason for that: The presidency is special.

When young America won her independence, our leaders set up a government that had no executive capability. There was a Congress, but it couldn't manage foreign affairs or administer the laws. When the framers met in 1787 they established a department of government that could handle these huge and necessary chores. They created our presidency.

They vested in the president "the executive power"—about which there always has been controversy—and they understood that this power gave the president the right and the duty to protect the United States and thus ensure its existence.

Hail to the Chief, is the familiary salute. Perhaps we should also say "Hail to the Office" that has served us so well—and to the wise men of 1787 who created it.

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