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How To Really View A Presidential Election


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Forget the rhetoric, etc and look at the reality. The President does not and cannot create or pass legislation. If you are looking for the President to solve the economy or any other problem not covered below then you are looking in the wrong direction.

That said:

1. Performing as Commander in Chief

2. Granting pardons and reprieves

3. Make treaties with Senate advice and consent

4. Appointing ambassadors, judges, etc.

5. State of the Union where he gives recommendations on measures (his only influence on the legislative branch)

6. Sign or veto legislation

That's it. All of the party platforms are nice and all but that part really isn't up to the Presidential candidate (either of them). Sure, he can recommend it but it's ultimately Congress that actually passes the meat and potatoes.

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Our public forum doesn't function on any logic, facts, or deductive reasoning skills. We've reached the point where we can simply go to Google and do a search for whatever reality that appeals to our senses. With nothing grounding us, you simply get emotionally driven narratives dictating the discourse. Humanity sucks at democracy, so current state of affairs is simply a reflection of ourselves.

What does this have to do with your post? Well, your post is a statement of facts, and some people simply won't allow pesky facts get in the way of a good narrative or rant.

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Depends on the popularity of the President and the current state of a affairs. A popular President with a good economy and lots of momentum can bully everyone in his party around and some in the other party. An unpopular President with a struggling economy is lucky if anyone in Congress returns his call.

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Depends on the popularity of the President and the current state of a affairs. A popular President with a good economy and lots of momentum can bully everyone in his party around and some in the other party. An unpopular President with a struggling economy is lucky if anyone in Congress returns his call.

None of that really matters, Congress still has to vote on the legislation whether the President supports a Congressman/woman or not...

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It's really amazing how much the role of the president has changed in the last century. There is no doubt in my mind that the framers of the Constitution never intended the President to be perceived as the embodiment of the entire government as he is now.

The president was intended to be a steward of the constitution, not the "be all to end all". He is just one branch of 3.

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