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A change of the President , though legally simple , is in practice all but impossible
; because all know that such a change might be a change , not only of the
President , but of much more too : that very probably it might be a change of the
... President as an executive officer and to compare it with that of a Prime Minister
; and I devoted much space to showing that in one principal respect the English
system is by far the best . The English Premier being appointed by the selection ...
But the American President has no similar security . He is elected in one way , at
one time , and Congress ( no matter which House ) is elected in another way , at
another time . The two have nothing to bind them together , and in matter of fact ...
The legislature was so afraid of the President ' s legal power that it unfairly
accused him of acting beyond the law . And the blame thus cast on the American
Constitution is so much praise to be given to the American political character .
But the Washington newspapers can no more remove a president during his term
of place than the Times can remove a lord mayor during his year of office .
Nobody cares for a debate in Congress which comes to nothing , ” and no one
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Walter Bagehot was editor of the Economist and his name is still on the weekly page about England. This book describes the English Constitution and compares it favorably with the United States Constitution. Read full review