“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man” (Washington 1). George Washington was an American soldier who served in the French and Indian War. He also served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and was later elected the first president of the United States. George Washington is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation's upbringing and came to be known as the "father of the country," both during his lifetime and to this day. George Washington is revolutionary because of his unique leadership skills and his contributions to America.
Therefore, a sovereign prince must have unlimited, permanent, perpetual power over his government and people. King Louis XIV accomplished this task by first taking away the control that the citizens had: titles. Louis XIV established a militia to protect his kingdom instead of using nobles and vassals in order to weaken their power. As a result, the feudal series was destroyed and the power of the nobility along with it (Historical Memoirs of the Duc De Saint- Simon). A key cause of the vassal’s loyalty to nobility was because the nobility protected their subjects from outside assaults on the village while the king did not protect them.
For example, Charles I believed he had full control over the military as shown by him housing soldiers in private homes and putting parts of England under martial law (when the military temporarily takes over the government). Parliament, on the other hand, believed the King could not house soldiers in private homes and that he could not impose martial law unless it was time of war. This was part of the Petition of Right, which the King signed, but then ignored. Parliament also believed they had the right to supervise all foreign policy as shown in the Nineteen Propositions. The King, however, made treaties with other countries without consulting Parliament.
Citizens have a say but at the same time uneducated people are not able to solely choose the next president of the United States. As Alexander Hamilton, an american statesmen and one of the founding fathers, said, “It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station” (document 1). Alexander Hamilton is saying smart, educated men should be the ones deciding who should become the next president. The United States has had the same system that has worked flawlessly, there is no reason to change a system that is still working
I think what I have learned in writing and gathering research for this paper is that freedom of speech is not bad, at all. It was our Founding Fathers attempting to make – to some degree – citizens equal in voice to their government and demonstrating that every man from the elected official to the one that cast a vote to elect him is created equally. I do believe, though, that freedom of speech is taken for granted today in a sense of, “I’m better than you, because your opinions are different than mine.” And, I genuinely believe that the problem is with ourselves rather than the other person, which means that we need to first examine ourselves before we take the stage – and judge one
Parliament knew they could not rule without a king, so they decided to replace Charles. During the English Civil War, justice is best understood as doing what is right to protect the majority. King Charles had a different idea, he wanted to rule the majority to his advantage. Putting King Charles was both just and
Differently from the Classic model, the NSC members are elected by the public along with the president and the congress members except the military wing. This new structure of the NSC will prevent the possible unchallenged presidents in the foreign policy decision process and also will diminish the bureaucracy’s intervention to the NSC, reducing the NSC’s efficiency by carrying the internal bureaucratic conflicts into the NSC. The elected president and elected staff of the NSC will be more effective in foreign policy due to their decisions based on consensus without limited by bureaucratic conflicts or turning into an approval mechanism for a crusader type president’s foreign policy strategies. President’s role in my model is limited with its symbolic role over the US public and much more limited autonomy in foreign policy decision making process. In this new framework, the president’s broad role in foreign policy decision making process will be balanced and thus, the possibility of costly plans such as; Invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan due to ambitions of crusader type presidents will be decreased.
Because of the checks and balances written in by the founding fathers. These checks and balance made sure that the government would always do what the will of the people wanted. Jefferson would not compromise and lobbied his policies instead. He even went as far as to say “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers…alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories”.
He resigned his royal power and organized a commonwealth, building a council hall where the citizens should gather and vote.” (Hamilton 215). This is a major indicator to Theseus’s wisdom. Democracy is something that we have in our country today, and it has allowed us to be one of the most, if not the most, powerful countries in the world. Another reason why Theseus is still considered a hero is because of his loyalty.
To Machiavelli, there is no morality in politics, only political virtue (Prudence). Prudence means knowing when to exhibit virtue or vice. As long as the Prince understands the role of Prudence, they will be successful. However, Machiavelli made an oversight.
In the speech, he states that when the occasion arrives, he will use his presidential power, to the fullest. The speech responded to any doubt or worry Americans had. Choosing a president was still a relatively new concept, during that time. He essentially makes a promise to the people, in which they can rely on him to be a leader and representative
“Whenever the people are well informed they ca be trusted with their own government; whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notes, they may by relied on to set them to rights” (Jefferson 1789). Thomas Jefferson believed that people should be able to run their own government and to just let nature rule. He trusts that all people wanted to be good and would be good if they were left alone. Thought that if a person messed up people should just work it out among themselves and the government should stay out of it. Jefferson thought that people would be better off without a government ruling over them.
The greatest fear of the Founding Fathers was to have a government ruled by one person, a tyrant. After the revolutionary war against Great Britain, the Americans wanted to make sure that they would be seen as an independent and strong newly emerged country. Their first shot at a government was with the Articles of Confederation. However, they failed because the central government that had been put in place was weak. Noticing that that was a problem, the founding fathers sought to make a stronger government.
President George Washington had to be brave in order to make the bold decisions that he had to make when facing one of the worlds largest, and well put together armies of the world. While the British army had men who have been trained to fight and win, the confederate army had nothing but farmers, blacksmiths, and maybe even some bakers. Not to mention, that some of these men that were being recruited to fight along side of Washington had never even held a gun before. Yet, he was able to see things that no one else could see, he knew that there was a way to win their freedom. He knew that it was going to take time, effort, and lots and lots of training.
“That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends (rights), it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute a new Government”- Thomas Jefferson. T.J. states that in order to have a good government the people must have the power to change or abolish their system and create a new one. But in the constitution there was no system of rotation for a president. He could remain an officer for life. This would to a tyrant something the citizens and founding fathers fled Europe from.