United States Government: Executive Branch

The members of the Constitutional Convention felt that too much power in the hands of single person like the President will lead to misuse of power. The President was therefore given a limited term of office and a series of checks and balances were put in place to ensure that the president cannot misuse the power that he has been granted. Since this was a major shift from what was practiced widely in other countries in Europe, there was a large amount of debate about this decision. 

Basically, the executive branch of the government is responsible for framing the laws that govern the country. It was understood that a single person cannot manage and create laws for all the aspects that go into running the country. Therefore the President is assisted and advised by the Vice president, the cabinet members or the department heads and other independent agencies.

While the Vice President is the de facto head of the Senate, he is also responsible for taking on the duties of the president in case of an emergency where the president cannot fulfill his duties. This could be times when he is ill disposed or in a situation where he cannot be contacted. The department heads advise the President on matters of policy for the specific departments that they are responsible for and the various independent agencies help in executing the policies that have been created.


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