The Founding Fathers actually counted on self-restraint to be key to the office of the Presidency. After all, the first President, George Washington, was offered the job of “king” first. And he declined to run for a third term.
But Presidents have occasionally flouted the law. Sometimes for what they thought was the greater good. Sometimes for personal reasons. Sometimes for the desire for Empire. Jefferson, himself, pushed the edges of the law with the LA Purchase. And Texas would be Mexico’s problem, except for Polk pushing things with Mexico, looking for an excuse to start war and to gain territory.
Lincoln flat out broke the law in order to prosecute the Civil War. But, most importantly, he did not stop the election of 1864. The fact we had an election in the midst of a Civil War is rather stunning when you think about it.
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Here are some of the Presidents who have faced the Allegiance in the book:
Originally published at bobmayer.com on August 29, 2017.