What did the founding generation want and expect from the executive branch? Did they desire an elected king? And did Americans following that generation think the American presidency should have the powers of a monarch? The answer is unequivocally no. The Congress was designed to be the most powerful branch in the federal city. The president could execute the laws, but Congress controlled both the purse and the sword, not the president. Everything has changed. We now want the president to part the seas and shake the political foundations of the United States. I wrote a little piece about Jimmy Carter for the Abbeville Institute a couple of weeks ago that irritated some people. Why? Because I had the nerve to call Carter “The Last republican President.” Notice “republican” is lowercase. What did I mean by that? I tell you in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.