The framers agreed that the President would command the armed forces – with several explicit reservations.
The President was to have five main responsibilities.
“All civil Officers of the United States” defines who is subject to impeachment.
The framers were clear that the President was to be accountable to Congress.
Two candidates for governor stand together, calling for civility among voters.
Some of the framers wanted an Executive Council to advise and bind the President.
The framers decided power was to be divided between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
The framers agreed to establish a strong, flexible presidency that would be constrained against tyrannical behavior.
Insulating the President from election politics was a big part of the framer’s strategy.
The framers wanted a presidency that served the common good.
The framer’s fear of incapacity was balanced by their fear of tyranny.
The framers wanted to avoid the tyranny that absolute power brings.
When the framers created the presidency, they were intent on solving two trust-related problems.
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Take this short civics course about trust, distrust, and the presidency.
Consider every citizen in this country to be an American, worthy of your support and help.
To improve trust in our police, fairness and accountability must be more evenly distributed along lines of race and ethnicity.
History shows that one of the shortest paths towards dictatorship is to get the people divided against each other.
We get to have leaders who are accountable to us, and we get to choose our leaders peacefully – but only if …
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.
It is hard to fight the corona virus without a healthy liberal, republican democracy. Urgent attention is needed.
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.
Strongmen for scared people leads to failure. Democracies have the edge when it comes to health care. Read on.