IT SEEMS LIKE NO MATTER WHO’S PRESIDENT, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HAPPY, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MAD.
Your dad screams at the TV news every night – “Throw the bum out!” But your uncle – your dad’s brother – loves the president. How can two people who grew up together see things so differently?
You’ve held off, though, in the rush to judgment. You want to see how the president governs first before you decide how you feel.
So many people in your school are on opposite sides about the president’s actions that your civics teacher, Ms. Waters, has set up a debate on the subject for later this week. She titled the debate “Is It Time to Panic About the President?” and you and your debate teammates have to argue that it’s NOT time for that. Ms. Waters explained that the debate isn’t about the particular individual who’s the president at any given time. It’s about whether or not our government is set up so that no one individual has too much power. You understand the three branches of the federal government – Executive, Legislative, and Judicial – were setup to balance power among all the groups, but you also know the president was elected to lead.
You want to do well in the debate. Time to do some research.
The writers of the U.S. Constitution wanted to create a system that would be different from the kingdom they left behind in England. Investigate the primary sources. Do you think there are enough protections in place to limit a president’s power? Make your case.
Have your students take this challenge and make their case! To begin, send your students to this website with this challenge’s code.
Presidential power comes from, and is limited by, the Constitution. The writers of the Constitution wanted to avoid giving the full power of the government to a single person, like King George III had in England.