The Constitutional Ambiguity Of The Presidency Essay

1656 Words Mar 1st, 2016 null Page
The Presidency is arguably the most fascinating, and complex element of the American political system; due in part to the constitutional ambiguity that surrounds the office. Often, the people, the President, and the Constitution all have varying expectations about the role and duties of the presidency. Which in turn are not always seated in the realm of what is actually possible. The Presidency, according to the Founders, could be best described as limited. For, it is Congress that was meant to be the main body of governance. Yet, such a powerful institution would need a near equal entity to keep it in check, queue the Presidency. A model similar to that of the Roman Consul, that was elected by, and thus accountable to the people and unhampered by the influence of Congress. Though most importantly powerful enough to fill the role of an entity powerful enough to check Congressional ambition. Though, at the same time, weak enough as to not threaten the liberty, and security of the people. Article II of the Constitution is where the Presidency garners its power. It is here that the basic duties and roles of the Presidency are outlined. The President, like the Roman Consul, is the "Commander-in-Chief of the Army, and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states". Meaning he is the singular head of the armed forces and top of the military chain of command. Though an important distinction is that it is Congress, not the President that has…

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