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Hamilton's Words

March 23, 1987

While preparing to make a presentation at a conference on the presidency and the Constitution I recently re-read Alexander Hamilton's famous Federalist Paper 70, and found therein a particular remark of some interest given the current debate about presidential management styles:

"A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill-executed, whatever it may be in theory, must be, in practice, a bad government."

JOHN MOORE

Pomona

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