The duties of the President can be further understand by further specifying his role in both domestic and foreign policy. The domestic policy roles of the President involve the execution and implementation of the law. He also has the authority to significantly affect, and in the long run, control both the legislative and judicial branches. The domestic policies of the nation will greatly depend on the President’s way of exercising his power. On the other hand, the foreign policy roles include the appointment of the President as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.
That is, he will serve as the head of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. In line with this power he has the authority to appoint all high-ranking military officers. (www. thisnation. com, 2007) Upon knowing the extent of authority of the President and the Congress, we can determine on whom among them has the more power by looking at the specific duties that are played by these officials and analyzing on what extent did they make a significant contribution for the society.
The President has more power than the congress due to his involvement in terms of war. Even if the Congress can “declare war” due to the authority given to them, many Presidents since Washington have “create war” even if without the cooperation from the congress. (www. thisnation. com, 2007) Further, the magnitude and balance of the power that the President and the Congress have in war can be determined by analyzing results and causes of war, whether as mandated by the Congress or by the President.
As mandated by the Constitution, the President, as the commander in chief, have the authority to control troops and military strategies. On the other hand, the Congress has the authority to declare war and use it to control or end a war. However, the Congress has no authority on the actual prosecution of war. (Rosen, 2007) In conclusion, the rise in the power of the President as compared to the Congress is attributed mainly to its military power and to its authority to significantly influence other branches of the government in making policies and implementing rules.
Petress, Ken. (n. d. ). Power: Definition, Typology, Description, Examples, and Implications. Retrieved on November 28, 2007 from http://209. 85. 173. 104/search? q=cache:CPQ3yzsyrQgJ:www. umpi. maine. edu/~petress/po wer. pdf+Political+Power-definition&hl=tl&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=ph Rosen, Jeffrey. (2007). In Wartime, Who has More Power? Retrieved on November 28, 2007 fromhttp://www. nytimes. com/2007/03/04/weekinreview/04rosen. html? _r=1&ref=weekin review&oref=slogin