There are two reasons why Americans shouldn’t expect too much from their next president:

1. One man can’t solve America’s problems. The president can’t save America from economic hardships. And he can’t save America from terrorism. Only Americans can. And if they are looking for a savior, they will get disappointed very soon.

2. The more you expect from your president, the more power you will have to give to him. But too much power in the hands of one man is a very dangerous thing, no matter how nice or smart he is or seems to be. And one thing you should never ever expect from anyone is to limit or check their own power.

Watch Gene Healy, author of The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, discuss “excesses of executive power that presidents of both parties have enjoyed and the willingness of both Congress and the American people to give a president more power than the constitution allows” on C-Span:

Gene Healy on “The Cult of the Presidency”

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