Happy President’s Day! As we celebrate this day in honor of the 44 Presidents of the United States that we have had up to this point, I hope you will take a moment to reflect on the role of the presidency in our nation’s constitutional system of government.
Among other specific responsibilities laid forth in Article II of the Constitution, the President of the United States is both the commander-in-chief and the nation’s chief executive, meaning he is responsible for overseeing the executive branch of government. The executive branch, one of three branches of government intended to divide the power of the federal government, is charged with taking “Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
There is a heated debate today over whether the office of the presidency, and especially individual presidents, have exceeded this authority – and if so, by how much. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment space below!