Power Between the Legislative and executive branches

John Adams wrote over two hundred years ago, " Power naturally
grows...because human passions are insatiable. But that power alone can grow
which already is too great; that which is unchecked; that which has no equal
power to control it."1

Our system of government in the United States of America was founded based on
this principal. Our founding fathers took great care and detail, attempting to
produce a document that could distribute power among a nation of individual
beliefs and ideals. The document drafted in 1787, the constitution, did just
that, and has continued to do so, but times have changed. Is it possible for a
document over 200 years old to be able to keep up with changing times, and if
our founding fathers were alive today would they still feel that there was an
even distribution of power between the legislative and executive branches?

I believe over time the presidency has indeed, became and continues to become
and increasingly powerful office. Different resolutions, and informal powers
granted to the office over the years has made the President an increasingly
imposing figure. I also feel that congress, in contract to the Presidency, has
lost some of its power and respect in American Politics. I believe some evidence
of the scenario includes what or who is actually involved in congressional
actions, the partisan politics constantly taking place in the house and senate,
and the difficulty of passing a bill through the senate. All of these changes
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.



To provide this evidence I believe the best way is to start off by examining
the powers that were granted to the President by the constitution. The office of
the President has become more and more powerful over the years because he has
had more opportunities to do so. The constitution has given the president many
formal powers but most of his power has been derived for his informal powers and
by the peel allowing this to take place.

First, we will focus on the constitutional powers of the President. One power
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
that effects with foreign nations. However, once our country became stronger
foreign policy became an important issue. A privilege of our chief executive is
the executive agreement. This privilege allows the President to enter our nation
into secret agreements with foreign countries without needing the Senate\'s
approval.

The veto power is powerful to the President because when the President does
reject a bill the bill usually dies. This is because Congress has a hard time
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
has many different ideas and thoughts about issues.

The power to convene Congress is not as important as it was when the
Constitution was written. The reason for this is that when the Constitution was
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
congressmen are continuously running for political openings and does not want to
jeopardize their own popularity. In other words the public may dislike a
congressman that is going against a