|U. S. Constitution - Checks and Balances|
Read - After the Imperial Presidency, by Jonathon Mahler. New York Times Magazine. November 7, 2008.
Watch - CSPAN Washington Journal Executive Power After Bush Administration, November 13, 2008 interview of the author.
1. Review the U.S. Constitution.
2. What is the current status of these powers?
3. In the article, Mahler writes, "As a senator, Richard Nixon — of all people — criticized President Truman’s frequent invocations of executive privilege."
What is the concept of executive privilege?
How did President Nixon use it?
Identify 3 other Presidents who have invoked executive privilege.
4. Essay: Write a 5 paragraph essay
Is it time for the Legislative Branch restore the balance with the power of the President?
"The ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone." James Madison
Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789 - Library of Congress
The Charters of Freedom - National Archives
Presidential Signing Statements - The American Presidency Project
Dig Deeper - What is meant by "unitary executive theory"?
"All power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution." James Madison
posted 11/2008 In the spirit of Thomas Paine - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora
Aligned with the following Pennsylvania Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, History, Civics and Government, Mathematics, Civics, Science and Technology. Aligned with the National Standards for Civics and Government
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