In his latest call to arms, Philip Kotler passionately argues that democracy is under grave threat. Too much money has entered politics, and its donors, often billionaires and corporations, now hold too much influence in favor of the 1%. Meanwhile, the voting system is flawed, too few citizens are politically informed, and many don’t vote. At the same time, major political parties are unable to agree on policies, Presidents are disempowered, and the real changes needed don’t occur. Kotler confronts this gloomy outlook positively with some potential solutions, as well as an invitation for you to get involved in the democratic issues that impact your life. Please visit www.democracyindecline.com for more around the issues raised by the book.
Chapter 4: Reforming the Executive Branch—Is the President Too Powerful?
Reforming the Executive Branch—Is the President Too Powerful?
‘The measure of a man is what he does with power.’
[Page 88]As much as Congress is disliked, the sitting President also is often a target of unrestrained vituperation or disdain, especially the more effective he or she is in pressing for improved programs. America’s greatest Presidents—Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt—suffered from the scorn of large and wealthy groups. Today many critics heap scorn on Barack Obama. George Will, the conservative journalist, charges that President Obama uses ‘executive authoritarianism to evade the Constitution’s separation of powers and rewrite existing laws.’
[Page 89]Charles Krauthammer, another conservative journalist, claims that ‘visionary thinkers like Obama cannot be bound by normal constitutional strictures.’ The ...