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Arguably Congress' most important power, the power to create laws, as granted by the Constitution occurs when both the House of Representatives and the Senate approve a bill, which in return it becomes a proposed law. If the President chooses to veto said proposed law, Congress can simply turn around and override that with a two thirds vote from both the House and the Senate, essentially shoving the President- who is supposed to have the "most power," aside and doing as they prefer anyways.
There is more to a presidency than just having "a say so in who becomes his vice president, his cabinet officials, and the head of independent agencies." Having a say so on who is on the President's "team" is only a minor aspect that he has full control over. If he was to do something majority of Congress didn't agree with, his team would have no power in that situation because they are essentially irrelevant.
Congress has power of the purse. This is a very critical power that Congress has and possibly one of their most important. They can tax and spend money for the national government. This power comes from Article 1, Section 9 Clause 7 of the Constitution, when it states:
"No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time." The Appropriations Clause also backs up this power.
An example of Congress utilizing their power of the purse for the greater good was when they eliminated all military funding for South Vietnam; ending the Vietnam War as a result
Will militias “waiting” on standing armies at the border even be beneficial? Or will it just create more chaos? Standing armies are likely to be more reliable than just regular militias as they have more proper training- rather than a bunch of rag-tag citizens banding together against a cause most of them may be uneducated on.
Factions are the big issue. It is easy for factions to rely on their own bias, or to follow the leader in terms of ideas and ways things are run. This gives factions the chance to shift the agenda to benefit only their interests, instead of the interests of everyone. This can be supported with the quote- “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”
The necessary and proper clause is important. Passing the necessary and proper clause gives congress the right to do what is in the best interest of everyone. The necessary and proper clause doesn’t give the government any more authority than they already have, and is practically a given power. Hamilton shows this when he says, “They are only declaratory of a truth which would have resulted by necessary and unavoidable implication from the very act of constituting a federal government, and vesting it with certain specified powers.”
Our governments are too unreliable. The government is practically run by the majority, which gives no room for other voices to speak up. The democratic ways of our government causes us to stray away from justice, and steer towards the needs of those in the majority, leading to private rights being wrongfully violated. This can be supported with the quote- “...and particularly, for that prevailing and increasing distrust of public engagements….these must be chiefly, if not wholly, effects of the unsteadiness and injustice, with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administration.”
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