John Adams wrote over two hundred years ago, " Power naturally
which already is too great; that which is unchecked; that which has no equal
power to control it."1
this principal. Our founding fathers took great care and detail, attempting to
produce a document that could distribute power among a nation of individual
that, and has continued to do so, but times have changed. Is it possible for a
granted to the office over the years has made the President an increasingly
of the scenario includes what or who is actually involved in congressional
have taken place over a large period of time, and may in fact have been subtle I
do believe however it is not difficult to provide evidence of an increase in the
Presidents power in contemporary politics.
formal powers but most of his power has been derived for his informal powers and
by the peel allowing this to take place.
that the constitution has granted the president is the right to appointment.
This appointment power allows the President to appoint pretty much all offices
in the United States that does not already have a law provided for. This is an
important role of the President because The President only has this power with
the consent of the Senate. I believe that popularity of the President may have
some influence over the Senate’s consent. Such as, if the Senate likes the
President they are more likely to agree with his choices.
Another power awarded to our President is the power to make treaties with at
least two-thirds approval of the members of Senate. This power has become
increasingly more used since our first president. This is because when our
nation was first starting out the nation was more concerned with their selves
the executive agreement. This privilege allows the President to enter our nation
The veto power is powerful to the President because when the President does
trying to get the two-third vote to override his veto. This is easily to
understand since the president has one mind and one stand on issues the congress
The power to convene Congress is not as important as it was when the
drafted the Congress did not have to sit in year-round sessions. Although, it is
still used today just not as frequently.
However, I believe the Presidents powers have increased more to do with
informal powers rather than by powers expressed in the constitution.
Personal popularity is an informal power that has become increasingly helpful
to the president. First of all, congress is less likely to mess with a popular
President than one hated by the public. A reason for this is because many
jeopardize their own popularity. In other words the public may dislike a
congressman that is going against a President they agree with. Also, congressmen
will stick with their own party.
Presidential popularity has increased over the years because they are now
the entire nation to the President because now the President could be seen and
country and wasn’t able to speak to everyone.
Media has also affected the President both negatively and positively. In the
news about the President. However, today the media is more interested in selling
should know everything about the President, not only his actions in office but
Presidents over the years have had to deal with a greater number of issues
than presidents of the past. Due to the broad range of these issues and the many
different factions associated with them it is important that a presidential
candidate does not always clarify the issue at hand. Benjamin Page defines this
as the "Art of Ambiguity." If a presidential candidate is talented in
time telling the policy differences between candidates. This is an ability that
differs from President to President. I think President Clinton is a wonderful
example of how a president is able to maintain his popular standing in the
public because he is able to avoid revealing his true opinions regarding
policies until they wind up as bills that need his signature.
The executive branch has grown over the years by adding new offices.
Presidents today pay much closer attention to the officials that they appoint to
these offices which include the National Security Council, Council of Economic
Because these Bureaucrats are appointed by the President they may have
tendencies to abandon their neutral standpoints on policy preferences of the
President. Advisors from varying departments meet with the President daily in
some cases. The people that occupy theses positions are very reputable in there
various fields, and as such provide the President with information that is
concise and up to date, information that the other branches are not provided
within the different offices, gives the President the advantage of being the
first to know about both the good and bad new and thus the ability to react
swiftly and accordingly. This could make the president more knowledgeable than
members of the Congress.
In this day of age the President has more power than ever before. Although,
it has taken two hundred years to achieve this high of power. It must makes us
weary that in the past two hundred years there has been a steady increase in the
Presidential power which is taking away for the Congress’s power. Isn’t this
incline enough evidence to be weary that the President could keep gaining more
statement still rings true today.