Essay on The Framers Of The Constitution

1047 Words May 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The framers of the constitution wanted to have a president with limited power because they wanted to prevent another tyranny. As stated in Federalist #46, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands…may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” The framers created a government with checks and balances which caused the separation of power composed of the three branches: Legislative (congress), Executive (president), and Judicial (supreme court). They didn’t want a single branch to become too powerful, so they gave each branch specific checks that they could use on the other two branches to keep them in line. Although the president was intended to be weak on paper, actually to the American public the president is seen as the most powerful representative of democracy because the presidency’s role has altered over time in three ways.
The first way that the president’s role has changed over time is through Institutional changes. The delegation of powers can be used as an example of an institutional change that alters the role of the president because Congress delegates power to the president, and this power can either be temporary or permanent. An example of temporary delegation of power in history is when Congress gave Nixon the authority to freeze wages and prices in an effort to combat escalating inflation. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 and the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 are examples of more permanent…

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