To faithfully execute the laws of the land, the presidency was assigned executive power that was mostly undefined.
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Faithfully executing the laws of the land is one of the most important obligations of the presidency.
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The framers feared that a president could be seduced by a foreign power to harm the country.
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The framers feared a president could be seduced by a foreign power.
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The President’s war powers were quite constrained.
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The President would be fully empowered to act in defense of the nation.
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The framers agreed that the President would command the armed forces – with several explicit reservations.
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The President was to have five main responsibilities.
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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 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.
The Value of Voting
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Keeping Our Republic
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A Tale of Two Countries
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Are You Well Served by the USPS?
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New Course on Trust & The Presidency
Take this short civics course about trust, distrust, and the presidency.
Declaration of Independence
Consider every citizen in this country to be an American, worthy of your support and help.
Trust and Our Police
To improve trust in our police, fairness and accountability must be more evenly distributed along lines of race and ethnicity.
Divided We Fall
History shows that one of the shortest paths towards dictatorship is to get the people divided against each other.
Our Leaders Don’t Want Us to Know
We get to have leaders who are accountable to us, and we get to choose our leaders peacefully – but only if …
Freedom of the Press
Thomas Jefferson said “Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” A free press is especially important in the coronavirus pandemic.
Urgent Attention Needed
It is hard to fight the corona virus without a healthy liberal, republican democracy. Urgent attention is needed.
In Need of Vigilant Defense
Liberal, republican democracy is precious for the freedom, peace, and better quality of life it can bring, but those benefits don’t come for free. Citizens need to do more to protect and strengthen their democracies – starting here at home.