More Utter Stupidity From DU:
In no way would the Founders have given the Executive the power of a King. Although some of the "Federalists" wanted George Washington to be King. Washington, in not so many words, told them to fuck off. So ended the urge for a monarchy in America. Or so we thought.
The Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, were quite flawed in their thinking. Not only did they not have a Judiciary, but they did not have any "rights" for the people. James Madison and a few others, known as the "anti-Federalists" insisted there be a "Bill of Rights" if there was to be a Constitution. Rather than lose the battle, Hamilton and the Federalists agreed.
They debated the power of the executive at long lengths. They gave the President the power as Commander in Chief over the Army and the Navy, as well as the state militias during time of war. Otherwise, the state militias were under the control of each Governor of each individual state.
However, with all their deliberations, they did not envision a person such as George W Bush. They believed that at all times the Executive would follow the will of the people. They believed that the conflict and deliberations and debate within the 3 branches of government would prevent any undue rushes to war. Boy, were they wrong!
I'm beginning to think we need some major revisions of the Constitution, maybe starting with the War Powers Act? Initially brought forth because of the discretions of Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War, it was only a matter of time before a tyrannical and deceitful leader would take advantage of the loopholes within the War Powers Resolution. The 30 days window of opportunity for the President can lead a weak Congress into approving more and more unwise funds to wars for fear of losing politically.
As Congress and the media-types debate the powers vested in the Presidency, Bush thumbs his nose at them and the American people. Majority opinion is meaningless. He will do as he pleases and he dares anyone to stop him. Although some will argue that is the prerogative of a "strong" executive, still others see it as more a symptom of a weak and impotent Congress. I don't see any light at the end of this tunnel - unless it might be the train light coming straight at us? (kentuck)
These damnable hypocrites. All it would take for them to change their minds and suddenly fall in love with the powers a President has been given by our Founding Fathers is for a Democrat to win the office. The only reason they piss and moan about it now is because they hate George Bush!
They want to preen and feel superior--oh so-reasoned and thoughty--when they're doing nothing more than exercising their too well-developed organ of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Debate my ass!