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Running Head: THE EXPANSION OR CONTRACTION- BIG BANG IN POLITICS
The Expansion or Contraction—Big Bangs in Politics
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THE EXPANSION OR CONTRACTION- BIG BANG IN POLITICS
Historical Events that Significantly Affected the Nature and Capabilities of the Executive
Institutions of the U.S. Government
The history of the Constitution of the United States is such that it was written in 1787 at
the Federal Convention and would be espoused in 1788. The Constitution established the three
arms of Government with the Executive being the law enforcing machine, the legislature, having
the congress as the main lawmaker and the Judiciary, comprising of the Supreme Court and
subordinate federal courts hearing and deciding federal matters. The President is the head of the
Executive branch with the powers to implement federal laws, to command the army and the
navy, to veto laws approved by congress as well as supervise foreign relations.
However, the constitution is not exclusively expressive on the powers and duties of the
executive. The duties have therefore over history been evolving, based on both the presidential
interpretation a well as congressional legislation. During the period of the civil war, the
executive saw a tremendous expansion as well as a clear definition of roles as opposed to the
situation that was since the adoption of the federal constitution. The civil war was as a result of
endless debates on the sovereignty of states, and the supremacy of the federal authority (Boyd,
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