Binkley, Wilfred E.
May 1953
New Republic;5/18/53, Vol. 128 Issue 20, p13
The article discusses the need of a competent authority for the executive power of presidency. For the job that confronted it, there probably was never a more competent assembly than the framers of the Constitution. The Congress, as the fundamental organ of republican government was recognized. However the interests most influential in the constitutional convention had suffered so severely from state legislatures that they feared Congress might develop similar defects and consequently checked it with specifically denied powers and with what they intended to be a strong executive. The possibility of re-election would give the nation the advantage of the President's acquired experience was also considered. But all these constitutional issues are only the superficial indications of deep-seated conflicts of social forces.


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