The Constitution Institute
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Federalism * Enumerated Powers * Separation of Powers
Module 3 – The Executive
The Executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. – United States Constitution, Article II, Sec. 1
… he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed…– United States Constitution, Article II, Sec. 3
“If a British House of Commons, from the most feeble beginnings,…[has] been able…to make the monarch tremble…what would be to be feared from an elective magistrate of four years' duration, with the confined authorities of a President of the United States?” – Publius (Alexander Hamilton), Federalist Paper No. 71
What “powers” does the Constitution distribute to the Executive/President?
How does the actual authority granted to the President by the Constitution compare/contrast with our perception of Presidential authority today?
After the country had recently thrown off the oppression of a king, how did the Constitution’s framers market the idea of placing in the executive branch the “power in a single hand” of a President?
Do We the People today have the same perception of Presidential authority as the Framers and their constituents did in the late Eighteenth Century?