Constitutional Powers of the President of the United States
There is no room for debate or questioning, ultimately leading to the abuse of power and authority. While this may seem completely absurd, many believe that this is not very far away from actual truth. Due to the uneven use of checks and balances among the three branches of government, it has resulted in the executive branch of the American government gaining too much power, therefore leaving the original intent of the constitution to be changed and unenforced.
As the US President does not have the power to pass economic legislation (or any other legislation), he is not able to improve the economy of the United States. The Supreme Court also has the power to limit some actions of the US President. For instance, the Supreme Court may speak against the President’s decision to arrest individuals who are accused of crimes against the United States of America and keep them in prison without a trial, as was just the case with the ‘illegal enemy combatant’ Yaser Esam Hamdi. The Supreme Court has the right to oppose the US President and to start a trial or release a prisoner. In addition to the limitations imposed by the Congress and the Supreme Court, the US President lacks the power to extend the term of the presidency, to eliminate the existing bureaucracy, and to avert domestic or foreign crises. Moreover, the United States’ President is too dependent on public support, and in many cases cannot survive without it. Especially in the first period after the election and before re-election, all his actions are judged by the public and the Congress; hence, it is very important for the US President to weigh all aspects before making a decision and develop the ability to engage in a close co-operation with all political figures. If the US President is accused of bribery, treason and other serious crimes, he will be impeached. To enhance his political power, he makes constant attempts to create strong public images, as was just the case with George W. Bush.
The controversy that has accompanied this development, however, would probably be much less surprising.
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