Washington on "the Emperor Problem"

Along with many Americans, I noted with alarm President Obama's Valentine's Day statement at a Google hangout on why he can't take more action on overhauling immigration policy: "This is something I've struggled with throughout my presidency," said Obama. "The problem is that I'm the president of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed." As any schoolchild should know, our country was established by throwing off the chains of King George III's monarchy. Everyone should also know that the public was so grateful to General George Washington that many would have supported making him king. However, Gen. Washington rejected these ideas, gave up any and all claims to political power and quietly retired to his farm in Virginia. In a letter to Lewis Nicola dated May 22, 1782 on the subject of some people wanting to make him king, General Washington stated his feelings on this matter in detail and naturally with greater...(Read Full Post)