Executive Power: George Washington

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Executive Power The first American president, George Washington, set standards on presidential power for a successful government. Many of these implied rules and regulations are still carried on today and enforced by the Constitution. Despite the Constitution there are different branches of government that also assist in enforcing these laws. The judicial, legislative and the executive branch perform checks and balances between each branch so as not to give too much power to one branch. This system of checks and balances over the years has been debated in its leniency and lack of enforcement at times. The branch that seems to abuse this system of checks and balances most often is the executive branch. His power is too often supported by the…show more content…
But in reality, especially in the “domain of foreign affairs”…the central legal issues rarely come before the Court at all. The law is effectively settled within the executive branch or by the informal agreements between the president and Congress” (Caplan 21). The other branches of government are aware of the overuse of presidential power but do not know how to address the issue to somehow resolve or better the situation. Too much executive power could lead to the abolishment or stacking of Congress, the judiciary system, the House and the Senate. By doing this it would lead the democracy to a dictatorship. The separation of powers is another way to ensure that checks and balances are being enforced and followed through. Caplan brings the issue of the debate of the meaning of separation of powers, “…the separation of powers means that each branch has exclusive control of matters in its domain or whether the Constitution generally gives Congress and the president overlapping, or blended, powers, all of which are quite extensive but none of which obviously serves as an absolute trump to the other,” (Caplan 21-2) So the presidential power used in the issue of foreign policy has been somewhat validated by this statement
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