US Government & Politics: A2 Unit 4C - The Presidency (Imperial or Imperilled)

Government and Politics, A2, US Politics, The Presidency, Unit 4C 

  • Table argues whether the President of America is Imperial (all powerful and controlling) or Imperilled (limited by Congress and Supreme Court). Covering it on the basis of Domestic and Foreign Policy.  
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Imperial Imperilled
President on Foreign Policy: Limits on President by the Constitution:
The President dominates Foreign Policy Nancy Pelosi's decision to visit Syria goes
which undermines the Constitution directly against Bush's policy against
Obama chooses to focus on Foreign Policy Syria
through his decision to spend more on Congressmen can shape US policy
Foreign affairs rather than Domestic John Kerry also visited Syria and met with
Obama portrays himself as being tough on Assad to bring peace in the region
terrorism. State of Union address to public + Party difference: Republicans ignore
Congress, a promise was made "we will Syria whilst Democrats want to resolve
defeat you" the issue
Military spending is ever increasing under Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
Obama Provide checks on the President, run by
2/3 of US citizens believe Iraq and John Kerry
Afghanistan should be ended + military
spending should be reduced
Obama has escalated the war in Afghanistan
even after the public showed opposition
Obama has been using drone attacks on
Pakistan very extensively. Using the CIA to
have its freedom. UN states the Drones are
illegal however Obama continues to use it
Obama uses CIA to do undercover ops on
Pakistan to tackle terrorism
SOF are not accountable to Congress where
they are present in 75 countries
Obama and Libya: War powers resolution: President should
Republicans say Obama's bombing in consult Congress if the military action is
unconstitutional longer than 30 days
Obama failed to receive Congressional Senate limited Clinton when they
approval rejected (CTBT) 51 ­ 48 vote, It became
Most of the public agreed with Obama the first Treaty to be rejected in the US
He is Commander-in-chief since 1919
Shows checks and balances on President
"I was demanded and forced into having
having a debate and a vote"
John McCain and George Bush were the
Republican opposition
Rasul Vs Bush (2004): Suspects in
Guantanamo Bay can challenge their
detentions in the US federal court
(contrasts George Bush's policy on the
War on Terror)

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Hamden Vs Rumsfield (2006): Declared
military commissions at Guantanamo as
E.g. The use of torture such as Water
Bush was very limited
The decision were very liberal
United states Vs Nixon: The court can
declare any action of any member at the
executive branch to be unconstitutional
Clinton vs.…read more

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Korean War (1950's): The Case Act: 1972
Truman sent American Troops to Korea President Must inform congress of any
without authorisation or a declaration executive agreements within 60 days of
Imperial nature of the President undermines signing
the view of the Founding Fathers
Executive Agreement:
An agreement when the President can
ignore the Congress by signing with another
world leader
Grants the President unconstitutional power
War powers resolution:
Nixon vetoed the resolution however this
was overturned…read more


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