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To what extent could the USA still be described as having an "imperial Presidency"?

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To what extent could the USA still be described as having an "imperial Presidency"? The presidency can still be called an "imperial Presidency" to an extent, because there has been a growth in the president powers and how they use them. Thing like how the president is able to go to war with out congress declaring war, or how con do things when congress is out off session, and they escape the constraints imposed by checks and balances. When you look at what president have done with congress knowing or with out the agreement of congress, things like in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon was the Gulf of Tonkin resolution passed by congress, which was the only authority that they had to go to war in Vietnam, which led to 58,000 lives lost, they had no declaration of war only this resolution. This only came out by an alleged attack on American vessels by North Vietnamese forces, which was something that LBJ cook up so he could get the backing of congress to go to war. ...read more.

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When you look at the domestic powers of the president, they appeared to have largely escaped the constrains imposed by a system of constitutional checks and balances. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr made six principal charges against the Nixon administration, like that he pursed a policy of impoundment, by which funded allocated by Congress for a particular purpose were not spent, it enforced the law selectively choosing for example not to enforce parts of the Civil Rights Act that would cut off federal funding to school districts discriminating against minority students. It is said that present's aides in the Executive Office of the President, people like John Ehrlichman and H.R.Haldeman, wielded much more power than cabinet officials who headed federal departments such as Defence and the Treasury, Haldeman is said to have used his position as White House chief-of-staff to ensure that very few individuals had access to the president, so in fact that he could end up controlling policy and the presidency as only people who could have made huge money donation to the party and president, also the administration had used government agencies to pursue personal vendettas and silence critics. ...read more.

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He also can use a pocket veto, but only at the end off a congressional session. The president also has the power under the 1976 National Emergency, which in these times people will rally around the president, and he can gain a lot of support from this, like after the 11/9 attacks, the president gain a lot of support in the after the attacks. So the president has had more power, with making changes in laws, but how the president are now using the powers that they have, like the fact they have found ways around not getting to agreement by congress that is often needed. This is allowed the president to get polices that he wants through, get changes to bill he wants, and even use troops with out congress declaring war, so the presidency has become more powerful in that way, as now he getting away with things and doing what he wants, but not yet upsetting the country over it nor losing popularity over it, and maybe running there re-election campaign in it. ...read more.

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