Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Reaching for the Finish Line
Good evening everyone!
In class today we had a really interesting discussion about Presidential imperialism. Past Presidents set the precedent for increasing Presidential power to degrees that enabled the Executive Branch to be much more important than the other two branches of the checks and balances system.
Presidents such as Lincoln, Nixon, and Bush II used their power to perform certain acts that they believed were inherent and could be implied upon reading the Constitution.
One of the topics within the general theme related to Presidential signings, which is a way for Presidents to strike down a specific part of a Senate bill or publicly market himself to the press and Americans nationwide. This is actually one of the girl's topic for her research paper. It was great to have people with different views on whether it can be used for good or for bad, and just how much the media affects the people (my topic!).
After the discussion we had this morning, I learned a lot more about Presidential signings and now I feel stimulus to keep up with current events! ... But before I get ahead of myself, first things first. Back to working on the essay!