The Modern Presidency


 The Modern Presidency



The constitution of America initially granted the Congress, the power to constrain the conduct of the president. This, therefore, meant that the Congress was powerful and had a voice on most national matters. This seems to have changed as the president seems to have capitalised on the separation of governance (Carey, 2007). This paper reviews events in history that show that the president has gained more political power to extend of autonomy on national issues. The aspect of presidential powers has both positive and negative sides.

 Growth in Presidential Power during the 20th And 21st Centuries

 The American citizens have always had a feeling that their homeland is the safest place they can ever live. This is the reason why the terrorist attack on world trade centre on September 11, 2001, left many traumatized and confused (Mathews, 2001). President George W. Bush had only been in office for eight months. The country had always responded to attacks by attacking the assailant. However, there was no definite attacker in this case. The president was able to prevail over the citizens to believe that this time, a war was not the solution to the terrorist attacks. The president was able to use his executive to preach peace as a solution to the insecurity at the moment.

 Rudalevige (2006) observes that the increase in presidential power has compromised that of the Congress. During the Watergate probe, the Congress carried out its independent investigations that connected some of the close aides of the then President Nixon. However, there were open attempts to cover up these members. This led to a constitutional crisis, and the president was forced to resign later. The activities that constituted the scandal and those that led to the interruption of the investigations by the president's aides proved that the powers of the president have grown to an extent that he can compromise the autonomy of government arms and agencies that is spelt out in the constitution.