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Argue for/against increasing Presidential power. For increasing Presidential power. Article II Commander in chief Federal law enforcer. For…. Wartime increases Presidential power Argue we are at war “War on terror”. For…. Lincoln used military commissions (ignored courts)

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Argue for against increasing presidential power

Argue for/against increasing Presidential power


For increasing presidential power

For increasing Presidential power

  • Article II

  • Commander in chief

  • Federal law enforcer


Argue for against increasing presidential power

For…

  • Wartime increases Presidential power

  • Argue we are at war

  • “War on terror”


Argue for against increasing presidential power

For…

  • Lincoln used military commissions (ignored courts)

  • Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus


Argue for against increasing presidential power

For…

  • WWI, Schenck v. U.S. – free speech does not protect urging others against the draft


Argue for against increasing presidential power

For…

  • FDR, WWII used military commissions in Ex Parte Quirin (Nazi terrorists)

  • FDR imprisoned people he suspected without trial (Korematsu v. US)


Argue for against increasing presidential power

For…

  • Need quick action during wars; Congress too slow

  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, AUMF allowed for quick action


Argue for against increasing presidential power

For…

  • Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act are necessary to find/prosecute new terrorists

  • Metadata collection does not violate one’s privacy


Argue against increasing presidential power

Argue Against Increasing Presidential Power

  • Civil War, WWI, and WWII are not similar to present situation

  • WWI, WWII – declared wars

  • Civil War – nation’s survival


Against

Against…

  • Article I gives Congress power to declare war

  • Founders intended Congress to control wars

  • Congress power of the purse


Against1

Against…

  • Wartime should not disturb separation of powers

  • “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”


Against2

Against…

  • Supreme Court held Lincoln’s military trials were unconstitutional

  • Supreme Court during WWII was impotent/weak (rubber stamp)

  • Violate 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments


Against3

Against…

  • Quick action during war can be dangerous

  • Emotional decisions lead to problems

  • Gulf of Tonkin and AUMF are too broad and can be abused


Against4

Against…

  • New technology makes war too easy

  • Makes spying too easy

  • Violate Fourth Amendment


Against5

Against…

  • Ignore Constitution at our peril…

  • Lessons from history…


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