The Idea of a President, a Dramatization Based on the Debates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 James Madison

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Published: 2012

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The Idea of a President, a Dramatization Based on the Debates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 by James Madison
2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 182 pages | ISBN: | 3.79 Mb

(From the Foreword, by Sasha Newborn)The idea for this book was sparked by the discontinuities between recentPresidencies in the United States. Each occupant of the chair seemed tohave a different conception or vision of the responsibilities, limits,More(From the Foreword, by Sasha Newborn)The idea for this book was sparked by the discontinuities between recentPresidencies in the United States. Each occupant of the chair seemed tohave a different conception or vision of the responsibilities, limits, powers,and liberties afforded by the election to the highest office of the land.The question What is a President?

led me back to the men in the room whenthis topic was discussed, debated, and finally voted on, to the satisfactionof all but three members who ultimately decided not to affix their namesto the document.We are fortunate to have had the assiduous James Madison present andtaking notes at this meeting, and this volume is designed to reproducethose parts of the general discussion as it bore on the specific question of aPresident, dramatized from the speeches that Madison reported. An audioversion is planned.If not a king, then who would govern?

How govern? Who would “preside”?(referring back to the root of the word “President”). And what exactlywould presiding mean?This explains the title: The Idea of a President. Do we have a clear notionof what was intended? This will give us perhaps a Pole Star by which tocalculate our position relative to the intention. Would those same men, ifgathered in a room today come to the same conclusion as they had in 1787?That is for us to answer, and my intention in producing this volume is togive us a basis on which to judge the present vis-á-vis the past and vice, toevaluate the past in terms of the present/future.…The text is set in the present tense, as if the speakers were speaking now.www.createspace.com/3766602



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