patriots well understood that their prime antagonist was an overweening Parliament.”
American thinkers who considered inaugurating a republican form of government tended to think of the Executive component as essentially an errand boy of a Supreme legislative branch. Often the Executive (sometimes constituted as a multi-member council) was conceived as a creature of the Legislature, dependent on and subservient to that body, whose sole function was carrying out the Legislative will.
You may not be surprised that William Barr has a plan for that. That’s a different battle, and I”ll take it up on another day
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