Clinton Rossiter "The Presidency - Focus of Leadership" (pages 269-273)
1. On what grounds does Rossiter claim that the President is to be "leader of the Executive Branch?"
Rossiter claims that the Constitution and Congress call for the president to be the “leader of the Executive Branch.” Rossiter claims that the president should be accountable for “ethics, loyalty, efficiency, frugality, and responsiveness” to the public. He also claims that the president alone is in the position to provide “common guidance” to federal civil servants.
2. How has the authority of the president as commander-in-chief been expanded since the founding of the nation?
Yes as the commander in chief of the United States he has a power over the people and the government. For example he is the leader of the executive branch giving him an un-revocable power to appoint and remove he can indirectly shape this branch to bend under his fingertips. As commander in chief of the army and navy he is in charge of keeping the troops up during peace but his powers soar when war comes around just remember the reallocation of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor as an example of his powers. The president resorts to using Executive Orders, privilege and "National Security" as a way to go around congress, wage war and pass legislation that might be unconstitutional. Examples of this are welfare and social security plus the fact that we haven’t declared war since WII but have been involved in various altercations.
3. Is it accurate to describe the president as "leader of the party"? Does this give him significant power? Explain.
Yes he is seen as a leader politically and constitutionally therefore he is looked upon when congress goes about directing legislation. His views will shape the laws proposed by his party and even the opposing party this does in fact give him significant power.
4. Describe recent actions of the last four presidents fulfilling their role as "leader of the free nations." You may need to use your text or some other resource to find examples.
Being the “leader of free nations” puts a lot of weight on the president, his goal is to have a strong, peaceful country, and world, where everything is under control. Obama withdrew the troops from Iraq, which lessened the tensions between the conflicting countries. Clinton signed the crime bill act that enacted a tough and smart crime fighting strategy to help lower crime in both urban and rural populations. George W. Bush forced the United Nations into responsibility to avoid another League of Nations. George H.W....