Although the power of war-making was controversy at the constitution convention. The framers of the constitution debated intensely that Congress should be charged with the responsibility of war-making. After their intense deliberation, they settled on giving Congress the power to declare war; creating a room for the President as commander in chief to use military force to response to any aggression intend to undermines the security well-being of the nation without consulting. Logevall claims that committing to war in Vietnam was a terrible mistake. Logevall begins by showing some sympathy to President Lyndon Johnson and other leaders at the time, as they believed that the strategies they had would work.
Neustadt explains how persuasion can help a president get laws passed and to get favorable public opinion. Neustadt explains that bargaining is important in order to influence other politicians in Congress and inside of the executive branch. He stated that "The essence of a President's persuasive task is to convince such men that what the White House wants of them is what they ought to do for their sake and on their authority" Neustadt, pg. Neustadt believes that a president should use persuasion than commanding because it is more effective. Commanding shows that a president is weak. Commanding is only effective in certain situations.
While this may seem completely absurd, many believe that this is not very far away from actual truth. Due to the uneven use of checks and balances among the three branches of government, it has resulted in the executive branch of the American government gaining too much power, therefore leaving the original intent of the constitution to be changed and unenforced. Presidential power has increased immensely over recent years and. The President has too much power in my opinion.
And even when there is a check on their power implemented by the constitution the president finds a way around it. While the president throughout the course of history has become more involved in domestic affairs, there still seem to be more focus on foreign affairs. This is due to the fact that in foreign affairs the president is able to exercise his executive power more…. Now in the United State, the Constitution divides formal power in foreign policymaking between the President and Congress. The President has the right to maintain the initiative, it means the President has more power than the Congress.