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2011

University of South Carolina

Constitutional responsibility

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Presidential Power And Constitutional Responsibility, Thomas P. Crocker Nov 2011

Presidential Power And Constitutional Responsibility, Thomas P. Crocker

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Some constitutional theorists defend unbounded executive power to respond to emergencies or expansive discretionary powers to complete statutory directives. Against these anti-Madisonian approaches, this Article examines how the textual assignment of republican virtues helps to constitute and constrain the president's power. The Madisonian solution for constitutional constraint both creates institutions for unenlightened statesmen and relies on virtue to make governing possible. Constitutional responsibility is a consistent textual theme found in the command to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed," the responsibility to remain faithful to the office of president, and the obligation to preserve the Constitution itself ...