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How To Stop An Imperial Presidency?

One of the greatest things George Washington did was walk away after his last term as President. There were those who wanted to anoint him king. Others who wanted him President-for-Life. But he gave up the power willingly.

I was pondering this several years ago. I thought about how, in our long history, we’ve had Presidents overstep their bounds. Break the law. Jefferson himself, with the Louisiana Purchase.  Polk and the trumped up Mexican War which expanded our country almost as much as the Purchase– ie California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, etc. Lincoln taking powers during war that were illegal.

How were they stopped? Did the process work? Or did Hamilton and Jefferson, two very opposite men, sit down and hammer out an agreement, a secret Allegiance, that could be invoked to stop a rogue President?

The very first law, enacted by the very first Congress, is the oath of office for military officers. That’s how serious it was considered. It’s an oath I took at 17, on the Plain at West Point. It’s one I still believe in.

Today, Monday and Tuesday, for President’s Weekend, The Jefferson Allegiance is FREE. Take the time to read a thriller steeped in history and politics. This book was a #2 National Bestseller at Barnes and Noble when it first came out.

Have a great weekend!

 

If only Hamilton and Jefferson had brokered the Jefferson Allegiance to stop an Imperial Presidency

Perhaps the greatest thing George Washington ever did was step away from the Presidency. There were many at the time our country was founded who wanted to make him King. He turned that down. Then they wanted to make him President for Life. But he also turned that down.

He walked away.

Not many people willingly walk away from power.

When I wrote The Jefferson Allegiance several years ago, I did a lot of research on the Founding Fathers and how they viewed politics and government. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton disagreed on many things, but one thing they both had concerns about was a President who ran amok.

At the core of the story is a document that Jefferson and Hamilton broker to place a secret control on the government; specifically the President.

Steeped in history, The Jefferson Allegiance is one of my best reviewed books and hit #2 nationally at Barnes and Noble when it was released. It seems more current than ever before.

 

Worse than the Titanic– on the Mississippi River.

The worst maritime disaster in US history occurred in 1865, yet few of us know about it.

Here is the timeline:

 

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