The President 's Powers Of The United States

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The President influences the daily lives of all Americans. The position of the President has grown from a mere congressional figurehead who had no executive powers during the Articles of Confederation into the most powerful person on the planet (Martin). In 1789, when the Articles of Confederation were first ratified, the President’s powers were limited only to what the words of Article II of the Constitution stated and now the President has powers that are not even implied in the Constitution. As history shows, the President continues to grow in power, making it increasingly clear that while Congress and the Judicial Branch do a good job checking the power of the President, there is more that can be done in order to ensure that all branches of the government have the same amount of power. In order to prove this disparity between the branches of government, it’s necessary to explain the changes in power that have occurred between 1789 and today. The President’s powers can be broken up into four categories: War Powers, Diplomatic Powers, Appointment Powers, and Legislative Powers (“The Evolution of the Presidency”). The only Presidential War Powers that were available were contingent upon Congressional approval which means 2/3rds voting in favor of war. Today, the President can commit army forces to combat without Congressional approval for sixty to ninety days as provided by the War Powers Resolution, enacted in 1973 (“War Powers”). He also has access to the “Football”, a
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