Why is our system of government better than autocracies and illiberal republics?
Which form of government offers more hospital beds per capita?
Which are more inclusive: liberal or illiberal republics?
Do you know the difference between a democracy and a republic?
What about freedom of speech elsewhere?
How well does our system if government stack up against others?
Can the courts protect the Republic all by themselves?
Chain reaction? Less democracy, less trust, more vulnerability?
Why does social trust matter?
The framers found a way to deal with distrust.
Framers’ Q: Can we trust a new government strong enough defend us not to also oppress us?
Do we want USA to join the other countries on the map?
Voters and political parties became additional sources of presidential power and accountability.
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The power to pardon creates some overlap in the powers of the presidency and those of the court.
The Twentieth Amendment largely removed the need for power to convene or adjourn Congress.
The president was to participate in law-making, with Congress in the lead.
The framers gave the President limited supervisory power.
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The Written Opinion Clause appears to limit the President in several ways.
The Constitution is silent on the related presidential power to remove.
Several framers worried the power of appointment could be abused.
To faithfully execute the laws of the land, the presidency was assigned executive power that was mostly undefined.
Faithfully executing the laws of the land is one of the most important obligations of the presidency.
The framers feared that a president could be seduced by a foreign power to harm the country.
The framers feared a president could be seduced by a foreign power.
The President’s war powers were quite constrained.
The President would be fully empowered to act in defense of the nation.
The framers agreed that the President would command the armed forces – with several explicit reservations.
The President was to have five main responsibilities.