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"Presidents have only the power to persuade" discuss. The president of the United States of America is seen around the world to be the most powerful man on Earth. However, many believe that his only real power is the power to persuade. The checks and balances of congress and the Supreme Court over the president are great, and without their support he has relatively little power. A president cannot get any legislation passed if he does not have the support of the senate and or the house of representatives. If a president wanted the US to sign a new treaty, the senate would have to ratify it with a 2/3 majority. If a president wanted new legislation, he must submit it to congress and persuade both houses to vote for it. The president cannot pass legislation without congress, and it may be checked by the supreme court. Once the president has submitted the piece of legislation, he can only try and persuade both houses to go along with it. ...read more.

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The president also has the power to appoint judges at district, appeal and Supreme Court levels. This is argued as an important power, but it has its limits. After the nomination to the supreme court which is the most superior of all courts, has been made, then the senate begins it's confirmation process. If the senate does not reach a simple majority, as seen with Bork for example in 1987. With this in mind, the president's power comes down to one thing: persuasion. This may be done in a variety of ways. The most sucessful way is to telephone individual congressman and try and pursuade them that way. President Raegan was extremely good at this. Another way is helping with legislation, i.e passing one piece of legislation and not vetoing it if congress passes his legislation. A simple trade. However, in actual fact the president has much more than the power to persuade. ...read more.

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Another important and influencial power is the fact that the president is the commander in chief. Congress has only the power to declare war, not bomb places. If the president gives the order to bomb somewhere, then it happens. Congress cannot check it, and if they do, they cannot stop it. However, the limit on this is that the president cannot declare war on another country without the approval of congress. A presidents power to negotiate treaties is what makes him seen as a powerful figure abroad. Though this requires a 2/3 majority from the senate to confirm it, it is a very useful power. It is increasingly useful when a presidents party has a strong majority in the senate. However, if the president does not have a 2/3 majority in the senate, which is more than likely, he will have to use the power of persuasion. In conclusion, the president has a number of powers, not just persuasion. However, in the circumstances that for example he is facing a congress held by the opposition party, then the power of persuasion becomes ever more important. ...read more.

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