The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: A Government of Citizens

The Presidency

He who refuses to rule is liable to be ruled by one who is worse than himself. —Plato's Republic

That concern was being discussed at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue last week. Presidential Counsel Fred Fielding is worried—because of low pay, conflict-of-interest suspicions, financial disclosure requirements and press probing of their private lives—about the increasing difficulty of luring citizens into executive positions. What troubles Fielding most is the growing assumption that a person of achievement from the private sector who agrees to take an important Administration post must have an ulterior motive—and therefore must prove his honorable intentions. Excellent people...

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