Constitutional Minute #7   Enumerated Powers of the President

Contrary to popular belief, the powers of the President are “carefully limited” and precisely defined by our Constitution.

In Federalist Paper No. 71 (last para), Alexander Hamilton asks,

“…what would be … feared from an elective magistrate of four years’ duration, with the confined authorities of a President of the United States?…” [emphasis added]

The answer to Hamilton’s question is this: There would be nothing to fear if Presidents obeyed the Constitution. But they don’t obey it because the dolts in Congress don’t make them obey it…and we keep electing those same members of Congress anyway.

The granting of the “executive Power” to the President is not a blank check giving him power to do whatever he wants.

The “executive Power” is merely the power to put into effect – to implement – those Acts of Congress which are within Congress’ enumerated powers.

In Federalist No. 75 (3rd para), Hamilton says,

“…The essence of the legislative authority is to enact laws, or, in other words, to prescribe rules for the regulation of the society; while the execution of the laws, and the employment of the common strength, either for this purpose or for the common defense, seem to comprise all the functions of the executive magistrate…” [emphasis added]

Thus, if Congress establishes a “uniform Rule of Naturalization” (as authorized by Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 4), it is the President’s duty to implement and enforce the authorized laws Congress makes. The President is to carry out – to execute – lawful acts of Congress, not make up his own or to execute unconstitutional laws.

A thorough explanation of the President’s powers, including executive orders, is in this paper: Folks, these short articles (and internet links) represent a serious study on a serious subject. Please do not take lightly. Study like your future depends on it, because it does!