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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Nick Ragone
Some of the early presidential decisions discussed here may be little remembered, perhaps for good reason. George Washington's decision to put down the Whiskey Rebellion is, no doubt, as Nick Ragone writes in "Presidential Leadership," an early landmark in the struggle between states' rights and federal power - a struggle he then traces through Thomas Jefferson approving the Louisiana Purchase, Andrew Jackson rejecting nullification and Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation.
Mr. Ragone quotes Aram Bakshian, at the time Reagan's director of presidential speechwriting: "If anyone in the State Department read it, they just read the first few paragraphs and set it aside.
But in the Soviet Union, Mr. Ragone writes, the reaction was quite different.