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    Redefining the Presidency

    Number of Pages: 12

     

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    This 12 page research paper is based on the scenario that the paper is a proposal to a constitutional convention concerning the office of the president. Therefore, the writer addresses the task of redefining the executive branch for the proposed new constitution. The writer reviews both the history of the 1789 US Constitution as well as the events leading up to this convention, asserting that goal of this convention should be to retract the degradation that has occurred to the office of the Presidency, that is, the principles inherent in the expanded powers of the so-called "imperial presidency," and return this office to the restriction of powers outlined by the framers of the current US Constitution. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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    branch. Based on the premise, the student may wish an introduction for his or her own paper after the following example. The office the American Presidency, over the course  of American history has strayed from the parameters contained within the US Constitution. As this convention addresses the task of redefining the executive branch for the proposed new constitution, the  following proposal, which reviews both the history of the 1789 US Constitution as well as the events leading up to this convention, asserts that goal of this convention should be  to retract the degradation that has occurred to the office of the Presidency, that is, the principles inherent in the expanded powers of the so-called "imperial presidency," and return this  office to the restriction of powers outlined by the framers of the current US Constitution. Intentions of the Founding Fathers in regards to the Presidency The restrictions that the  framers of the US Constitution placed upon Presidency and the powers of the executive branch were carefully considered and based on their evaluations of both "human nature and political power  (Pfiffner 2). The Founding Fathers were especially concerned that the government of the United States would not lead to tyranny (Pfiffner 2). The framers of the 1989 Constitution were fearful  of both the despotism that can be imposed by a monarch, as well as the "tyranny of a fixed popular majority" (Foner and Garraty). As this indicates, the Founding Fathers,  while they promoted democracy, did not necessarily believe that a majority is always right. A good example of this is that the majority of white Southerners were in favor of  slavery at the time and believed that institution to be a morally and divinely sanctioned practice. Therefore, a series of provisions were adopted that were calculated to "filter the popular 

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