The Presidency 1

3.          When the framers created the presidency, they were intent on solving two trust-related problems.  One problem was how to harness political competition for the public good without the polarizing consequences they observed in England and Europe. They did not want anyone in any faction to mistrust a government that might be controlled by their opponents.  The other problem was how to balance the need for an empowered executive to get things done against the risk of a tyrannical executive. Image: George Washington, 1796. Gilbert Stuart.

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