The Constitution: How Much Power?

Fearful of popular misrule yet mistrustful of an autocratic executive, the framers of the Constitution did their best to preclude either extreme. They 1) devised the Electoral College so that wiser heads than the people's would choose the President, and 2) limited Representatives to two-year terms so that the House would be responsive and responsible to the will of the voter. If neither excess is inconceivable today, neither safeguard is wholly necessary or suitable to contemporary America. Last week, as he promised in his State of the Union address, Lyndon Johnson asked...

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