University of Central Florida Powers of The President American System Essay

PLEASE STRICTLY FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS:

ALSO, MAKE THE TEXTBOOK THE MAIN SOURCE out of all sources. will provide link below Short pages.

https://pressbooks.online.ucf.edu/pos2041bw/part/c…

It is better to use the contents bar on the left to navigate

The chapters are

CHAPTER 11:Congress

CHAPTER 12: The presidency


2) What was president-elect Joe Biden’s margin of victory in the popular vote and the Electoral College? (Answer this question separte from the essay. Not as an essay just regular answer that I want an answer for 🙂

Assignment Details:

  • Your assignment is to write an original, multi-paragraph 650 word (+/-10%), double-spaced, well-cited, proof-read essay.
    • You must use APA or MLA citation style to document your sources, including the textbook, and include a Works Cited/References page with all references (full bibliographic information) for all sources used in your paper.
    • Do not include the Works Cited/References page[s] in your overall word count.
    • Do not use quotations, please paraphrase and use in-text citations. We want to hear you explain your position in your own voice.
  • Late Penalties of 20 points per day apply
  • Your essay should not make sweeping generalizations and/or assertions without solid evidence to support those claims.
    • I am strictly evaluating your ability to make fact-based, well-cited, persuasive arguments to support your ranking.

It is not enough in this essay to state that you “believe” the current president is the most powerful, you must demonstrate why you believe that to be true and use evidence and examples to support your conclusion.

We are not interested in your normative, personal opinion of the current president. Instead, you should demonstrate your ability to objectively measure and evaluate the current president’s job performance and explain your ranking compared to the previous presidents.

You might start by looking at the methodology used by the C-SPAN survey and detail examples of the president’s accomplishments, his exercise of power at home and abroad, his leadership from the last year to support your conclusion on where to rank him relative to his predecessors. Make sure to back up your claims and your ranking with evidence drawn from the last four years (sources such as Wikipedia and partisan sources including the White House page are not acceptable)

EXTRA INFO: OVERVIEW:

Introduction

Many people believe the president of the United States to be the single most powerful person not just in the US, but in the whole world (although some organizations that rank world leaders’ power might disagree) (Links to an external site.). As we have seen in this class and in the news media, the power of the president can sometimes be unmatched, but it is also frequently limited/restricted by long-running struggles between the different branches of government that come from the Constitution’s formal system of checks and balances between the three branches of government:

  • Executive (President)
  • Legislative (Congress)
  • Judicial (Supreme Court)

We dealt with the power of the judicial branch in the last module, here and in the textbook chapters, we will look at how the political balance of power between the popular branches of government has fluctuated over time, see this Washington Post article, for example (Links to an external site.). You should remember that the powers granted to the president in the Constitution were initially limited because the founders wanted to prevent the rise of an American version of the autocratic, mad King George III, (Links to an external site.)and the Constitution allows Congress to remove a sitting president, even if it is a difficult process of Impeachment.

https://www.ted.com/talks/alex_gendler_how_does_im…

Since the start of the US republic, though, some presidents have been able to accumulate and exercise much more power than other presidents (even though formally the powers of the office remained the same). This brings up the important question: What makes some presidents more powerful and/or more effective than others?

By way of an example, it has been noted that George W. Bush (43) was a more powerful president (Links to an external site.) than his father, George H. W. Bush (41), due in large part to his frequent use of signing statements. (Links to an external site.)But the power of a president is also, in part, determined by how effectively members of Congress exercise their power. At some key moments in US history, Congress has successfully pushed back against expanding presidential power to reasserted its own power. For example, the War Powers Act 1973 (Links to an external site.) was a deliberate attempt by Congress to limit presidential power to introduce the “United States Armed Forces into hostilities. (Links to an external site.)” It was passed into law in spite of a presidential veto from President Richard Nixon.

What is interesting is that even powerful presidents are not necessarily successful in achieving all their stated campaign promises. With this in mind, in this module, we will focus on how to understand the power of the presidential office by using C-SPAN’s presidential greatness measure to evaluate the current incumbent’s performance over the last year. C-SPAN created a rubric (Links to an external site.) and asks experts (political scientists, presidential historians, etc) to use that rubric to rank all US presidents from the “greatest” to the “not so great” (see video below). C-SPAN’s most recent ranking, conducted in late 2017, ranks all US presidents, with the exception of the current president.

Watch this video to understand the C-SPAN methodology

While there are other rankings, such as the recent one by the New York Times that provides information on the self-identified political leaning of the reviewer, what is interesting is the broad general agreement on the rank of each president across all the reviewers no matter their partisan political identification. Lincoln and Washington, for example, invariably appear very near the top of all rankings, which suggests that there are some objective measures that can be used to rank “presidential greatness.” So it should be possible, without being explicitly partisan, to objectively rank the current incumbent of the US White House using the C-SPAN rubric.

Since the start of the US republic, though, some presidents have been able to accumulate and exercise much more power than other presidents (even though formally the powers of the office remained the same). This brings up the important question: What makes some presidents more powerful and/or more effective than others?

By way of an example, it has been noted that George W. Bush (43) was a more powerful president (Links to an external site.) than his father, George H. W. Bush (41), due in large part to his frequent use of signing statements. (Links to an external site.)But the power of a president is also, in part, determined by how effectively members of Congress exercise their power. At some key moments in US history, Congress has successfully pushed back against expanding presidential power to reasserted its own power. For example, the War Powers Act 1973 (Links to an external site.) was a deliberate attempt by Congress to limit presidential power to introduce the “United States Armed Forces into hostilities. (Links to an external site.)” It was passed into law in spite of a presidential veto from President Richard Nixon.

What is interesting is that even powerful presidents are not necessarily successful in achieving all their stated campaign promises. With this in mind, in this module, we will focus on how to understand the power of the presidential office by using C-SPAN’s presidential greatness measure to evaluate the current incumbent’s performance over the last year. C-SPAN created a rubric (Links to an external site.) and asks experts (political scientists, presidential historians, etc) to use that rubric to rank all US presidents from the “greatest” to the “not so great” (see video below). C-SPAN’s most recent ranking, conducted in late 2017, ranks all US presidents, with the exception of the current president.

Watch this video to understand the C-SPAN methodology

While there are other rankings, such as the recent one by the New York Times that provides information on the self-identified political leaning of the reviewer, what is interesting is the broad general agreement on the rank of each president across all the reviewers no matter their partisan political identification. Lincoln and Washington, for example, invariably appear very near the top of all rankings, which suggests that there are some objective measures that can be used to rank “presidential greatness.” So it should be possible, without being explicitly partisan, to objectively rank the current incumbent of the US White House using the C-SPAN rubric.

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