The Constitution Institute
Monday, April 24, 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

 

Discussion

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?
 
The Constitution Institute will answer these questions and more. In an era when the attention of virtually every political commentator and reporter defaults to the White House, it is time that well-informed citizens end the distraction. By doing so, Americans can require of their agents in government to return to the exercise of government that guarantees the continuation of physical security and ordered liberty.