The Presidency And The Presidency

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The Presidency, debatably one of the most successful American experiments to date. Over 200 years ago 55 delegates came together to write the Constitution that our country uses to this today. They debated and discussed how our nation would run, who had power and how much, how to maintain a fair and balanced government, and they outlined each branch. Article two describes the role of the President and the powers that are bestowed onto him; however, article two is significantly shorter than article one (about the legislative branch) allowing whoever presides as President to interpret it to his own accord. These delegates knew that Washington was honorable enough to be granted the power to be the first President of the United States. Washington …show more content…
There are a few campaigns that do standout above others. The election of 1896, 1932, 1980, and the most recent election have shaped and changed politics as we know it. “The country is in greater danger than it has been since 1861. This is not merely our opinion, and is not merely a party opinion. It is the profound belief of patriotic men without distinction of party and in every section of the country” (New York Daily Tribune, 1896). The election of 1896, the election against the “Gilded Age Republican” (Kelly, 2003) William McKinley and the Populist candidate William Jennings Bryan. The era of Republicans of using the Civil War to mobilize Union veterans was slowly coming to an end due to “the defeat in Congress of the Force Bill, legislation designed to use Federal police power to enforce black suffrage in the South” (Kelly 2008). By the end of the 19th century the GOP was led by a new-generation of politicians associate with the corporate capitalist elite, most notably Mark Hanna, McKinley’s campaign manager. Hanna’s strategy was to out spend the opponent. “There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember what the second one is” (Hanna, 1859).

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