Response Paper 3:The President

Response Paper 3:The President - GlS-100 Professor Donato...

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GlS-100 Professor Donato 21 March, 2014 Response Paper 3 The President of the United States is a title that is reserved for the man who has been deemed mentally, physically and psychologically fit by the plurality of Americans in a national election to lead with strength, honor and dignity. The Constitution dedicated Article II to the President, who has to take an oath to “execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” This is the pinnacle point of one’s political career and is a time where individuals can either be seen as extremely helpful to the American society, or extremely unsuited for the job. Presidents use the State of the Union to shed light on some of the issues that as president, they would like to either fix or solve. Although there are many enumerated powers in the office of the presidency, they are all checked and balanced by other branches. Alexander Hamilton wrote about an energetic president in Federalist 70, “Energy in the Executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.” What Hamilton was referencing of course was the unwritten powers of the president, namely, how he should act extra-Constitutionally. These powers are used in scenarios where it would take too long for legislation to pass and the possibility for it actually getting the votes to pass would not be certain. When a president acts extra- Constitutionally, he embraces the energy that is necessary for the executive to have, and makes choices that will best benefit America. President Obama is a prime example of how executive energy manifests itself in presidents in contemporary times. Feeling the pressures of a stalemated, unwilling, partisan Congress, he has come out and said that he will act outside his enumerated powers to pass
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legislation that needs to be passed. In the State of the Union this year, President Obama said, “(About passing jobs bills) Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take
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