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  •  James Madison Quotation for the moment: (2+ / 0-)
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    Speech in Congress on Presidential Removal Power

    June 16, 1789

    The danger then consists merely in this: the president can displace from office a man whose merits require that he should be continued in it. What will be the motives which the president can feel for such abuse of his power, and the restraints that operate to prevent it? In the first place, he will be im-peachable by this house, before the senate, for such an act of mal-administration; for I contend that the wanton removal of meritorious officers would subject him to impeachment and removal from his own high trust. But what can be his motives for displacing a worthy man? It must be that he may fill the place with an unworthy creature of his own.

    Emphasis is mine.

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    by LNK on Fri Jul 25, 2008 at 07:53:31 AM PDT

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