posted on Sep, 17 2008 @ 08:04 PM
I see a lot of discussion of issues, but everone seems to forget or ignore that the USA President is mainly just a figurehead.
Let's review the Presidents powers:
#1. Can veto legislation, but Congress can override that veto, and often does.
#2. Can suggest legislation. So can anyone.
#3. Can nominate government officials, including Supreme Court justices, but Congress needs to approve any nomination. Once approved by congress, the
President CANNOT dismiss these officials.
#4. Can pardon criminals. (Important to criminals, maybe.)
#5. Can convene or dismiss sessions of Congress. When did that happen last?
#6. As Commander in Chief, can TEMPORARILY mobilize the military in times of crises, but Congress must approve any permanent mobilization, or major
NOTHING MAJOR happens in this country without Congressional approval.
The main power of the president is that he (or she) is a figurehead for the government. They get to talk to reporters, and meet with other heads of
state. They can get appointments with Senators and Representatives and Governors, and hold dinner parties for important people.
This is the reason that we see a lot of personal attacks: who do you want as the figurehead of the USA? What kind of person? Who is most attractive?
Am I missing something? If so, please let me know….