The Power of the Executive Branch and the Operation of the Presidency

Abstract

This paper contains my opinion over whether or not the U.S. executive branch is too powerful, and my opinion on whether or not I like how the presidency is being operated or if I think it should be rethought. While conducting research over these topics, it was brought to my attention how truly uneducated I am about the current government situations and what??™s happening in our country. It was difficult for me to form an informed opinion over the subject, and while I did my best with the knowledge I have, I??™ve realized that I need to be better informed over the happenings of our government and our President. As of now, I don??™t believe our executive branch is too powerful or that the presidency needs to be rethought, but that may very well change over time.

When asked to describe the role of the executive branch of our government, one would say that it has the responsibility of enforcing the laws passed by Congress. But is our executive branch doing more than what??™s really necessary Are the checks and balances no longer as balanced as they once were

When it comes to politics and what??™s going on within our government, I??™m one of the last people to come to for an opinion. I have never really paid much attention to the goings on of our government or what the President is doing or anything of the sort, which is something I really need to change. For this paper, I had to do some research in order to form any kind of an educated opinion about the executive branch and the presidential power.

One of the things I did know is that because the Constitution does not thoroughly describe the powers of the executive branch, it has continually grown and changed throughout the years since the Constitution was ratified, due largely in part to the amendments, and has gradually become more and more powerful. Perhaps too powerful. Something that I learned about the executive branch is that the President has executive privilege, or the power to keep information secret from Congress, the courts, investigators, and the public. Now, while I think this can be both a good thing and a bad thing- depending on the situation- there are plenty of people who??™d want to differ and just say it??™s bad. Some don??™t think that the President should have the privilege of keeping information from the public. I believe that, in certain situations, it may be best to keep certain information under wraps unless it??™s absolutely imperative, such as if it pertains to national security or something similar. In this case, unnecessary widespread panic could be avoided.

So, getting back to the question at hand, I don??™t think that the U.S. executive branch is too powerful right now, but I also don??™t think that it needs to get any more powerful than it already is. With the steady incline it??™s been on throughout the history of the country, I believe that it may be possible for the executive branch to get too powerful in the future, but that for right now, it??™s not bad.

As for how the presidency operates, with how much I??™ve been hearing about how badly President Obama is messing up our country and all of the controversy over the healthcare reform, I??™m really not sure whether or not I think we should rethink how the presidency operates. I??™ve been trying to pay more attention to what??™s going on with our government, and while I don??™t agree with everything I??™ve heard about President Obama and some of the things he??™s trying to do, I still don??™t know enough to form an educated opinion about the subject. To state my opinion as it is right now, I think that the presidency is fine, but who knows That opinion may change over time.

References:
???Changes in the Executive Branch.??? Checks and Balances: Three Branches of American Government. Ed. Daniel E. Brannen Jr.. Gale Cengage, 2005 eNotes.com 2006. 3, Dec. 2009

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