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By Matthew T. Corrigan

If Hillary Clinton gained the Democratic celebration nomination in 2008, it can proceed a development of a Bush or a Clinton being on a countrywide presidential price ticket for the final 28 years within the usa. by no means prior to within the historical past of the state have households ruled the political strategy in this kind of demeanour. This two-family domination has endangered the yank presidency as a consultant establishment and has allowed own, relatives matters to dominate policymaking at a very important time in American historical past. the issues with the Hillary Clinton crusade in 2008 and the present struggles of the second one Bush presidency should still supply pause to these american citizens who're considering a moment Clinton presidency or a 3rd Bush presidency. via reading the political careers of 3 timber (George H.W., George W. and Jeb) and Clintons (Bill and Hillary), this booklet will spotlight the issues and the implications of mixing the main robust political workplace on the earth with kin legacies.

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With a new system of government and a new nation searching for leadership, Washington could have amassed unquestioned power. Yet he recognized the need for strong central government, but he also recognized the need for humility and presidential restraint. Contrast Washington’s political actions of the day with current American leadership. As president, Washington refused his salary even though he did not have the money to pay for the carriage ride to New York to take the Oath of Office. By contrast, the Bush and Clinton families have economically benefited from their presidencies and political offices.

38 Each of these families examined highlights particular familial relationships that can be compared to the Bushes and the Clintons. The Adams dynasty just like the Bushes includes a son and a father who share the same name and also shared the presidency. Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt were distant cousins as presidential relatives, but Eleanor Roosevelt came from Theodore Roosevelt’s side of the family. 38 American Royalty Eleanor was Theodore’s most important contribution to Franklin. Hillary Clinton based her activist approach to the office of first lady on Eleanor Roosevelt.

Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s secretary of the treasury led the Federalist Party, which sought more central government power and more authority for the National Bank. Jefferson had resigned from Washington’s government back in 1793 because of his concern about Hamilton’s authoritarian maneuvers. Jefferson led the anti-Federalists in their opposition to other Federalists in Washington’s government. John Adams was caught in the middle. 47 Adams won a close election over the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, who became his vice president.

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