The United States Constitution entrusts the executive power to the President. He/She is both the head of the state and the head of the government.He is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. Elected once every four years. The President responds for the well-being of people and acts in the best interest of the United States of America. The president of the United States also plays an influential role in “promoting democratic principles”. The United States’ President suppresses conflicts and tensions, solves problems, ensures enforcement of laws, and improves the living conditions of all American citizens. The United States’ President possesses constitutional power but not always political power.
Many decisions made by the United States’ President should be approved by the Congress; For example – When the President wants to make a treaty or launch a war against an enemy, he should receive the consent of two-thirds of the Senate members, according to Article II (section 2) of the US Constitution. The same regards the appointments of officials. Although the President is authorised to choose the members of his Cabinet.They are not appointed without the Senate’s consent.
In the 19th century, the United States’ President had more political power and could appoint his friends, relatives and people who supported him to top governmental positions. Despite the fact that the United States’ President has an impact on different social, legal, and economic issues.
These limitations are successfully used by policy makers to put pressure on the President or oppose his decisions. The President interposes a veto on the bill, Congress may easily nullify this veto in accordance with Article I (section 7) of the US Constitution. These limitations are introduced to restrict the President’s abuse of power. The United States’ President has to come to an agreement with individual politicians and political groups, constantly compromise and engage in an intricate political game.
The United States’ President cannot be regarded as a ‘national leader’ who rules the country regarding making independent decisions and taking independent actions. On the other hand, some US Presidents find the ways to disregard the decisions of the Congress and take an independent action, appealing to the American public.
In 1951, 33rd president of the United States Harry S. Truman abused the emergency power, ordering to invade South Korea and seize steel mills. Today, it is crucial to differentiate between power of the United States’ Presidency and power of the United States’ President. Presidency possesses much more political power than the United States’ President, as the President is one person, while the Presidency counts for about two thousand people.
The United States’ Constitution specifies that the President is the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States”.He has no power to initiate a war. It can be declared only by the Congress. But some US Presidents violated the Constitution of the United States and made individual decisions in regard to war and wartime issues. The United States’ President has a constitutional authority regarding the discharge of office-holders but not always political power to do it. If the President wants to discharge an office-holder, he/she should necessarily specify the reason and explain his decision before the Congress.
I will be writing daily for the NaBloPoMo and this is my first post for day 9