Bipartisanship in Congress has not changed much since the 1970s. The dichotomy between before War Powers resolution and after makes theorizing about the relationship as a dividing line between Foreign policy surround a dangerous international environment into one that is a function of a resurgent Congress. The more we get through the 21st Century the more it seems as Congress having more and more of an influence and acting not in concert with the President while hearing loudly what the People of the U.S. know and hear about through the media. It is likely that without any incentives for stopping politics as usual, they both will most likely continue to shape policy according to their own political needs. Further evolution has occurred due to
James D. Barber, a political scientist, wrote a book called The Presidential Character based on his studies that looked at four different personality types. These personalities describe a president's performance and likelihood of being successful. They are referred to as; active-positive, active-negative, passive-positive, and passive-negative. From his studies he found that the most successful presidents were active-positive. Active-positive president’s approach their duties with enjoyment and the strive to achieve goals set by himself.
Harrison, I believe, was a much focused president who was very strong in his opinions and was not afraid to lie to make people agree with him. He was a visionary, in the sense that he was looking toward the future and the opportunities of the future by expanding that country. He was a dedicated and decisive leader who made decisions for the good of the country, which were put into action well in advance. He was an open-minded president who supported minorities, such as women, African Americans, Native Americans, and Civil War veterans, because of who raised him and the opinions that influenced him.
Federalist #10, written by James Madison, is a text that offers an alternative approach to America's democratic governmental institutions. Presenting the downfalls of American democracy, such as unequal representation, Madison advocates for a governmental structure that appeals to a wider variety of constituents. Conversely, Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville praises American democracy in its current form. Although Tocqueville concedes that American democracy is fallible, it presents American government as an exemplary model for countries ruled by aristocracies. Madison and Tocqueville present contradicting opinions concerning the way in which democracy often allows majority interests to influence the everyday workings of government.
In the Rhetorical Presidency, Tulis argues the existence of two constitutional presidencies; an uppercase “Constitutional” presidency and a lowercase “constitutional” presidency. The “Constitutional” presidency refers to the presidency as created by the men who wrote the Constitution, in which the president draws his authority from the Constitution and does not lead public opinion. In contrast, the “constitutional” presidency refers to the president drawing his authority from the Constitution and his ability to lead public opinion. Thereby, the two constitutional presidencies ultimately conflict with each other. The presidency has drastically evolved over the decades to become the “constitutional” presidency, whereby an activist president
Republic vs. Democrat How strong of a role should government have in our lives? This question has been struggled my life as a teenager growing up. Major political parties plays a majoritarian role in the United States. The United States is a government run by the people and for the people. The United States is well-known for its two party political system where Republic compete with Democrats, trying to promote their political ideals and searching the means for maintaining their continuous political leadership.
It is being said that the president is stripping power away from other branches of the government which in turn creates democratic weaknesses. Page 2 It is understood that the US constitution actually limits the power of the president, or uses his or her power in the wrong fashion. When the constitution was written 200 years ago, the world was so different.
Many will name different and more political reasons as to what the causes of “congressional gridlocking” is. My answer isn’t as political. I believe that one of the reasons for inaction is that congress is too stubborn. I believe that the government should learn to evolve and create new rules or balances to help pass laws to fix demanding issues. A more political solution or way to put it, I guess, is to use an example I found during my research.
Group I #1: I believe that the argument that the presidency is an impossible goal is true. The president of the United States represents the countries population of over three hundred million people and is a global leader. Every decision that the president makes has people in favor of or against. Different people will evaluate the success or failure of each president differently: some people focus more emphasis on how the economy behaves during the president’s time in office, some put more emphasis on how domestic issues are being handled, others on how the United States is handling our foreign affairs, among countless other issues. The president will make someone upset with each decision.
Williams suggests that the founders thought that the Electoral College was a sensible plan, but things don’t always work out how they should (28). It is a relic of America’s predemocratic past when leaders were scared of having too much power over the people (Klinker, McClellan 1). Congressional Digest suggests that we are stuck in a time warp (31). We still rely on a horse-and-buggy election system in the age of the internet (Congressional Digest 31). Congressional Digest points out the fact that voters today know more about the candidates than they did 200 years ago (19).
he U.S. Constitution establishes a basic structure around our three branches of government (i.e. the executive, legislative branch and the judicial branch) to interact and function in one way to prevent abuse of power or tyranny. Important to realize, these three branches of government has specific power, duties and responsibilities in the U.S. national government. In this case, I will focus on the Judicial branch, next to explain one strength and one weakness of the branch of government as well as to provide an option to maintain the strength and option to correct the weakness of that branch of government. The Judicial branch is the third government branch that is made up of different types of courts. Those types of court are the Supreme Court,
As the chief diplomat of the United States, the president is the dominant force in foreign policymaking. The explicit powers of the president granted by the Constitution are all associated with foreign affairs and policymaking in different degree. The president has the highest power compared to any other individual citizen within the nation. Even though Congress does play a rather significant role and does use its powers to assert its role in foreign affairs, the president problematically remains the stronger force. I believe it is necessary for Congress to play a crucial in foreign policymaking in order to prevent the abuse of presidential power which may cause serious consequences for the nation.