The Impact Of Presidential Power On The United States ' Welfare And Democracy

1625 Words Apr 19th, 2016 7 Pages
There are many factors seen as threats to the United States’ welfare and democracy. More specifically, the expansion of presidential power has implications that are a threat to our democracy. The United States’ democracy is seen as a form of government in which all citizens participate equally—either directly or, through elected representatives. The founding fathers also incorporated John Locke’s idea that the duty of the government is to protect the natural rights—life, liberty, and property—of individuals (Powell). Yet, presidents attempt to redefine what a democracy is. But, their way of redefining a democracy could ultimately result in an oligarchy, or a dictatorship. Our system was set up to have the ability to guard against such concentrations and abuses of power through our separation of powers. The founders anticipated that not all branches would be equal. They thought the legislative branch would be the strongest, because they write laws and hold the power of the purse. However, the separation of powers implemented within the American government—and addressed by Madison in The Federalist Papers—is often unchecked and undemocratic, resulting in president’s acquiring power that is not good for the development of the American Democracy, and undermining the legitimacy of the legislative branch.
The Presidency’s role in war, national security, and policy—both foreign and domestic—has increased since the founding of the nation. The president, and the executive branch, has…

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