UC Irvine American Democracy and Expansion of Presidential Power Discussion

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  • The use of the electoral college in selecting a president has historically been quite controversial. Do you agree with Hamilton in that this “process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”? Why or why not? Why might a different system be better/worse?
  • Presidential power has expanded significantly since the founding. Is this expansion good or bad for governance in America? Why or why not?
  • Think about what you have learned about the Presidency this week. Do you think Trump’s response to Covid-19 is similar to what other Amerian presidents would have done in a similar situation? Why or why not? What presidential powers could have been used differently?

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The way I see it, the expansion of presidential power inherently threatens the democracy that
we have in place in this country. It puts the decision of many people into the hands of just one
person and possibly a few of their advisors. I believe that it is unconstitutional to place such
great powers in the president, such as declaring war without the consultation of Congress first.
These are types of decisions that impact the lives of many Americans and should not be
decisions that one, singular person makes. I also und...

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