Essay The Constitution Of The United States

1221 Words Jan 11th, 2016 null Page
In 1787, the Framers laid out the Constitution under explicit goals, which was to unify the country, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty. It provided a balance of powers between the states and the federal government and the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. Throughout United States history, these regulations set up by the Constitution defined the government and its actions, which led to the country emerging as a thriving, powerful country. As a first world country, the United States are involved in many foreign affairs, many of which questioned the constitutionality of its intentions and actions. In the Constitution, it is expressively states the power to declare war belongs to Congress whilst military power belongs to the president to preserve the system of checks and balances. Although the President derives the power to direct the military from the Constitution, the amount of power the President has is often blurred as it has been often been overlooked. Throughout the 20th to the 21st century, Presidents have been engaging in military wars and operations without Congressional consent. It results in an unconstitutional, unbalanced power between the President and the government, which such instances have been shown in the Iraq War in 2002 and the Vietnam War in 1965. The Constitution grants the expressed power to declare war in…

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