Growing Powers of POTUS, Good or Bad for America?

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The Growing Power of the President, good or dangerous for the U.S.?

American independence from British rule inspired a constitution free from the tyranny of autocrats. The founding fathers created three equal branches of government: The president, lawmakers, and an independent court system.

The debate between a big or small government, overreaching each other’s influence continues, but the separation of powers remains strong in the USA. As it has always been for hundreds of years.

What are the most important powers of the POTUS

Any US-born citizen of the United States can run for president but should have lived in the country for at least 14 years and 35 years old at the filing of candidacy. His or her privileges include living in the White House, with his family and pets.

He or she can also appoint ambassadors, cabinet members, or do the most trivial things, such as redecorating parts of the White House, have his own personal chef, or ban dancing parties.

1. Commander in Chief

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States when called into the actual Service of the United States. [Article II, Section 2, Clause 1]

He is also the head of state, chief diplomat, and but he cannot arbitrarily declare war on any country unless congress gives statutory authorization. [Article I, Section 8, Clause 11]

2. Create, approve or reject proposals

The president can veto (approve) or not take action (pocket veto) proposals from congress also known as the legislative branch.

He is the legislative leader who can execute orders (E.O.) and enforce certain laws written by congress.

The POTUS can grant reprieved and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.

He is the economic guardian who can boost or hurt the economy, usually affected by his Executive Orders

The extended powers of the POTUS

Since 9/11, the oval office has been given more powers to execute critical decisions that affect the nation’s security. As a result, the public has silently placed their hope on the office of the President to protect the country.

The gradual expansion of power prescribed to a POTUS has had ripple effects on different branches of the US government. For example, in 2001, President Bush declared war on Iraq with insignificant opposition.

In the same way, the policies of succeeding presidents on national security are met with little or no resistance at all.

Today, the powers of the POTUS may have reached its limits

The gradual expansion of power given to the POTUS has had ripple effects on different branches of the US government. For example, President Biden’s influence on passing his signature policies on welcoming illegal immigrants, the gender equality act of 2021, and canceling the Keystone pipeline.

Biden’s major accomplishments are hailed as the “big change America needs,” applauded by his fellow Liberal-Democrat constituents. However, it is also affecting the religious, school, and health institutions of the country.

For example, the equality act may prevent faith-based retirement communities to admit atheists. Biden’s vaccine mandate met resistance from companies whose employees felt it was unsafe; they would prefer natural herd immunity.

Likewise, both the mask and vaccine mandate is seen as abusing the President’s reach, the reason at least 11 states sue the Biden administration over its vaccination mandate. [New York Times]

While these measures that Biden has put in place are commended by more people than those who condemn it, the extended powers of the POTUS could be numbered.

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