Is the president more or less powerful than the other branches of government.?

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  • 6 years ago
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    The idea of "checks and balance" never espoused the power of the branches of government, except that the Supreme Court was never meant to rise to the level it has today. The idea only delineated that each be delegated a specific task within the framework of the United States government. Morever the Founders knew they did not want a King, but a magistrate with specific authority to act, but subject to some kind of restraints. In terms of power, it depends on the subject matter. Let's take Brown v. Board of Education (I) which the court struck down the "separate, but equal doctrine." The States refused or lagged in compliance with the Court's second opinion called "Brown II" which demanded the states implement the Brown I "with all deliberate speed." However, without the independent action of the executive branch of government; it was powerless to impose or enforce the mandate of the Court. Thus, President Dwight D. Eisenhower by authority vested to him under the laws enacted by Congress allowed him to send federal troops to enforce the Supreme Court decision specifically to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. A similar gesture occurred when the University of Mississippi was integrated. The same laws would be applied by Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson during the late stages of the Civil Rights Act where troops and federal law enforcement agencies were used to enforce the decisions of the Supreme Court. This was not new as previous presidents have used authority vested in them to advance or further their perception of the president oath of office which is different from those required by other federal and state offices. Abraham Lincoln is another great example because he used this argument to keep the South in the Union. Even if Congress acts to curtail the actions of the president by enacting new laws; those laws only operate prospectively and not retroactively. The presidency by its very terms defines "action" despite who "makes" or "interprets" the laws. So in this sense, if would under the circumstances I described make the president more powerful.

    Sidenote: Before President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Congress set its own agenda. Roosevelt changed that and since then each president has transmitted their agenda for Congress to follow.

    Source(s): Graduate studies in History and Government.
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  • 6 years ago

    Checks and Balances. You have done no homework as to how your government works.

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