America's Constitution Chapter 1 Analysis

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Melissa Kay Olivieri 2516826 March 8,2017 Throughout Chapters 4 and 5 of America’s Constitution: A Biography, Akhil Reed Amar details the president 's powerful responsibilities and limits as well as how those relate to either a monarch or a governor. In Chapter 4 Amar focuses on how the president 's power will compare with other types of political power both foreign and domestic. One of the differences included the amount of time a single term of presidency would be-four years as opposed to a monarch 's lifetime reign, or a governor’s one year period. An important change in how the president came to be in office was that he was chosen from the people he would govern, this was not true of either monarchs or governors. In chapter 5 the…show more content…
Another key contrast for the president from a monarch was in the fact that the president was first not only “elected by fellow citizens, [but also] subject to potential impeachment” (Amar, p. 145). Through its Constitution America broke all traditions for previous important heads of government such as shown in “British law [which] had no regularized legal [way] for ousting a bad king” (Amar, p. 199). Amar goes on to implicitly state that “the monarch himself was immune from impeachment” (Amar, p. 199). The goal for America was to differ from the way that Europe passed power through heredity without the need for or basis of merit. One way Article II of the Constitution specifically aimed to prohibit the immediate passing from father to son was through an age requirement set at thirty-five, which also gave those voting for a candidate time to judge his worthiness. “Tench Coxe argued that while Britain’s king ‘is hereditary, and may be an ideot, a knave, or a tyrant,’ America’s president ‘cannot be...for those, whom nature makes so discover [i.e., reveal] it before the age thirty-five’” (Amar, p.160). Through “an impeachment standard...the Constitution structured… a system of national accountability” (Amar, p. 200-201). The process for impeachment was also not an easy one as it first had to show that the president was “unfit to serve [due to] treason, bribery, or any other ‘high Crimes [or] Misdemeanors’” (Amar, p. 198). Included in the process of impeachment was “a special
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