The Constitution provides a framework for the American presidency. When the founders wrote it, the concept of an elected chief executive did not exist anywhere on earth. That position was created in 1787. When George Washington was elected as our first President, he had to build the office from the ground up. What he created and how he did it is a remarkable story, as Harlow Giles Unger describes in his new book “Mr. President; George Washington and the Making of the Nation’s Highest Office.” Listen in as Bob and Harlow explore the presidency as imagined by the founders, as created by President Washington, and changed (for the better or for the worse) by presidents since the founding. What are the lessons to be learned by tracing the presidency from Washington to Obama?
The reading of the text of the Constitution on opening day of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has brought out the smarmy worst of the effete keepers of the Progressive flame. NY Times’ E J Dionne writes “An examination of the Constitution that views it as something other than the books of Genesis or Leviticus would be good for the country.” Vanity Fair’s Juli Weiner claims that the reading cost $1,071,872.87. Washington Post’s Ezra Klein – the Constitution is not a clear document. This Sunday at noon, Bob will counter all the Constitutional trash talk point by point and give the Constitution’s 4,543 words and the 55 Founders who wrote it the respect they deserve. The Constitution has given us 224 years of freedom but its under attack. When Ben Franklin was asked after the Constitution was written what kind of government it provided, he said “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Join Bob this Sunday at noon to help keep our Republic as it was given to us.
Join Bob in this episode for a post-mortem Libertarian review of the election. The electoral process clearly shows the genius of the Founders. Was the election about jobs, values, or both? Was this a rejection of the major parties or an endorsement? So much to discuss: so little time.