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"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." With this simple recitation, of the Presidential Oath of Office, we hand over control of the world’s most powerful nation to one man. In previous chapters of history, this could prove to be the doom of a nation or a people. This is not the case for us. It is another reason why we, as Americans, are fortunate. We have a system in which our president can be immensely powerful when we need him to be, balanced by congress, or in some cases, even restricted by them. Better yet, we have a system in which we play an integral part in selecting this person, lending our voice to his or hers and speaking on behalf of the country. We are all now old enough to vote and participate in this, the grandest of rights of American citizenry. Now more than ever it is important to understand the inner workings of our government. Most students are familiar with the three branches of the American government. Our legislative branch makes the laws, the executive branch enforces the laws, and the judicial branch interprets the laws. But what does the constitution actually say about the powers of the president? Article Two, Section Two of the constitution lists some of the powers of the president. He or she is granted the power to execute the laws, or enforce them, with the help of a cabinet. The president is commander in chief of the armed forces, able to appoint ambassadors, make treaties, veto acts of congress, grant pardons, nominate federal judges, and inform Congress of the state of the union (Jantzen 259-260). Recent claims
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suggest that President Bush’s use of executive order to tap phones without a warrant was illegal.
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