Early in my childhood, I always resented the president’s. It wasn’t for the fact that they were not likeable, I just hated the things they had. I wanted to be the president so bad was the cause of my frustration. They had the whole white house all to themselves. All 132 rooms, including the bowling room, would be at my leasure. It seemed being president was the best four to eight years of somebodies life. Even if you couldn’t find everything you wanted in the white house, I believed they could call for anything you wanted just because you were the leader of the free world. They always praised the president like he could do anything, so that’s what I saw. Unfortunately, I completely misunderstood the powers he possessed, as well as my peers. Even though he has the life of the riches he doesn’t have any power like one.    The way the power works in reality is greatly depicted in the the words of Neustadt. Richard Neustadt was an American political philosopher who served for several presidents as their advisor. He later wrote his findings and ideas about the necessities for a president in his book called “Presidential Powers”. In this piece of literature, there were 3 main ideas he found the a president needed in order to be a successful president. The first point is the power to persuade. Any law that the president would like to pass always has to go through the reigns of congress. Most of the time congress is not going to want to change anything unless it would be in their favor. Congress could easily veto everything if a president would not try to reason with them. A good president, by Neustadt’s ideas, would be able to bargain as well as persuade to get stuff done. He would influence them in order to make change for the better, without giving congress too much gain in “trades”. This is one of the significant powers the president must possess.

    The next thing that is essential for a president’s public prestige. Public prestige can also become the fate of the president. Without the people behind him, he would be able to exploited by congress or anybody that opposes him. They could take advantage of when the people could care less what will happen to him. Nobody would care that he struggles with the senate. Nobody would care that he couldn’t get anything done, due to the fact that in reality, nobody would want him to do anything. The last idea coincides with public prestige, but this time it goes through the people of higher status. 

    The president as well as having a good reputation with the people of America als has to have a good reputation with the people you could possibly work with. Other political activist and people of power in the country should also lean towards liking you, for many beneficial reasons. It could go from anywhere to boosting your influence to getting that one more vote to letting your bill pass. It is also very essential to make sure that you don’t make enemies, because they could go out and publicly, humiliate, deteriorate your reputation, or convince fellow peers that you’re not the right choice. 

    Neustadt’s idea on power of the presidency resides on three main ideas. Those three ideas are public prestige, professional reputation, and the ability to bargain. I agree that people should see it this way, because this would give them a better idea on who can embody the power of a president.


Holey Constitution

We have learned an excruciating amount of work in this unit. We have mainly talked about how the constitution and the works and its origin. It was made up by several men, including James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. and George Washington. The location of where it was written down right in the midst of Philadelphia This document is the foundation of for the government ran today still. The constitution of the United States established many things. It was formed in order to give the people certain rights that every basic citizen should have. Some examples include the freedom of speech, life, liberty. The constitution has served as the main principle for keeping stability within the walls of our nation. Sadly i didn’t know much of this documents essentials when we started talking about it.  I knew a little of the basics that we configured out of elementary and random facts. Since we have had major discussions as well as group projects.

I learned a wide variety of things of the dealing with the constitution. What i learned from the constitution is that the constitution has many vague rules in it. One of the rules that have a unclear meaning is one in the 4th article. In the 4th article it states that, “Nobody can be sentenced to a cruel or unusual punishment. The words used to describe this random part of the constitution does not make enough sense for every case. It does not speak out on what degree of cruel and unusual it is. It is to the point to where in debates in the judicials power is veered on how they take the words themselves. It leads to a chance of having the constitution unequal to people in the same cases. For instance, in one case you could have somebody could be accepted on how the his punishment is cruel and unusual due to the fact that he has a mental disorder, however, somebody else in another state could get have been revoked from that right, because they interpret the words or phrases in a different way. Even though some people would say that the different interpretations are meant for different situations, I feel that there should be more distinct and clear laws so that the same sentence does not produce different outcomes.IMG_0307-1

Sadly this also happens when two laws conflict with each other. For a fake example, we can say the Future Farmers of of America, a private organization, makes it a policy not to hire any homosexuals as leaders. According to the Constitution, does FFA have the right to do this? You can say that the 14th amendment says that they cannot do that. It says that you cannot discriminate due to a person’s association or ideas on life. That same document reports that people or a group of people have the freedom of assembly. Lots of rules in the constitution can interfere with the others, and sometimes it can start to be a problem. Whether it is in the hands of the jury or the judge, the holes and loops in the constitution can certainly cause problems in some eyes like mine. It’s not a bad document, since we have been using it since the days it has been created, but there is a reason we can still edit it with amendments.