When the framers created the presidency, they were intent on solving two trust-related problems. One problem was how to harness political competition for the public good without the polarizing consequences…
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Populist or partisan presidents sometimes feel motivated to weaken constitutional constraints.
The Presidency – Quiz 3
Free course on the presidency. One paragraph per day. Which statements about American political parties are true? They have to be pre-approved by the government.They help candidates mobilize and organize…
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Presidents can use their connection to the voters to bypass reluctant party leaders.
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Political parties can empower presidents to set their own agendas.
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Free course on the presidency. One paragraph per day. 2.14 Money is power. A president’s political assets can sometimes extend beyond leadership to include money. Under today’s campaign laws, presidential…
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Political parties became more important as state legislatures directed their electors to follow the popular vote in their states.
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The framers gave the President limited supervisory power.
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“All civil Officers of the United States” defines who is subject to impeachment.
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The framers were clear that the President was to be accountable to Congress.
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Some of the framers wanted an Executive Council to advise and bind the President.
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The framers decided power was to be divided between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
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The framers agreed to establish a strong, flexible presidency that would be constrained against tyrannical behavior.
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Insulating the President from election politics was a big part of the framer’s strategy.
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The framers wanted a presidency that served the common good.
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The framer’s fear of incapacity was balanced by their fear of tyranny.
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The framers wanted to avoid the tyranny that absolute power brings.
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4. The framers had good reason to fear the tyranny of factions. The period when the thirteen original American colonies were formed overlapped with one of the most violent and…
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When the framers created the presidency, they were intent on solving two trust-related problems.
Connecting the Dots
Pundits haven’t yet fully connected the dots in front of them. Yes, presidential use of national emergency powers to spend money on things that Congress chose not to authorize is against the Article 1 of Constitution. Here is the other dot: the choice of president became more consequential as the Office of the President became more powerful. This trend explains why election campaigns have been fought ever more viciously – by politicians and citizens alike.