The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Why We Should Abolish The Presidency If Oprah Runs

If the both parties persist in anointing whichever media star they think will win the most votes, we may have to take a hard look at why we even have presidents, and whether they should have as much power as they do. Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers that “Energy in the Executive is a leading character in the definition of good government,” but he also assumed a minimum of qualification for that future chief executive.

Until recently, he predicted correctly on that point. Now the prospect of a less qualified, more powerful executive beckons, and the idea of an energetic dilettante permanently residing in the White House should send a shudder down the spine of any American.


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