The President is only as good as his influence.
Many Americans think that the President matters a great deal. Many think that the President affects every aspect of American life and that he holds more power than Congress itself. If this is your stance, then I ask you to please list all the things that the President is responsible for. Go ahead… make your list.
Most people will cite Iraq and then say… the Sup Ct nomination, energy policy, housing, economy, and so force.
Now think of your favorite President of all time. And list all the things that he was directly responsible for or indirectly responsible for.
The U.S. Constitution is at the foundation of every single law in America. It’s at the heart of how we think, act, and govern as Americans.
It lays out what the role of Government in society is. And how each branch of Government out to do.
Read this great intro to Presidential Powers Presidential Powers Intro and then answer the questions in the lower right hand corner of his page. Please note that one of the cases cited in the article linked here, the file was removed from the US Sup Ct. So here is another link for that case: Zivotofsky v Kerry (2015)
1. Identify the factors that you think were most important in leading to the concentration of power in the Executive Branch of today.
2. In your opinion, does the Executive Branch today have too much power relative to the other two branches of government? Why or why not?
3. Do you think any specific recent exercises of presidential power have been problematic?
4. Justice Jackson’s concurring opinion in Youngstown is often cited. What do you think of his analysis, which suggests that an exercise of presidential power is highly dubious when it conflicts with congressional action or policy, least dubious when it is consistent with congressional action or policy, and within a questionable “twilight zone” when congress has not spoken at all on the issue?