The Nation: Kingly Thought for the Day

In the wake of Watergate, all sorts of cures, old and new, are being offered for the ills of the republic. While not quite a prescription, one arresting thought was put forth by the London Economist, inspired by the soothing pageantry of Princess Anne's wedding amid Britain's own current economic travails and by the disarray afflicting the U.S. The journal rightly divines that both the incumbent in the office and a good many Americans seem to identify the presidency with the country itself. When "we cloak a head of government also with the dignity of a head of state," that person...

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