Never before has a U.S. president waged a war on terrorism. Should we have allowed President George W. Bush (and now Obama) to exercise powers that are generally allowed only to wartime presidents?
Samuel Kernell has proposed that the style of presidential leadership has changed since WWII, owing partly to the influence of television. Presidents frequently go over the heads of Congress and the political elites, taking their cases directly to the people. Does this make the president more powerful?
Homework FRQChoose 1 to answer • In the modern age, presidents often try to influence congressional decision-making by a process known as “going public.” In your essay, answer the following: • Define what is meant by “going public” • Discuss one reason that presidents might go public and identify one risk associated with the strategy • Define what is meant by “cross-pressured members” of Congress. • Explain how the president might use such techniques as photo-ops and pressure on Congress to achieve his goals. • Of all the decisions government makes, none has a greater impact than the decision to enter armed conflict. In your essay, do the following: • Discuss a way in which the War Powers Resolution might limit foreign wars. • Identify why the legislative veto aspect of the resolution might jeopardize the legality of the resolution. • Identify one advantage the president has over Congress and identify one advantage Congress has over the president in war making. • Discuss how unilateral and multilateral approaches to war making illustrate presidential discretion in war powers.