As our country enters the election season for the 2020 presidential contest there are many candidates vying for a position on the national stage. Welcome to a democratic republic. Very likely only two principal candidates will go head-to-head in the fall of 2020.
The American president is the most powerful person in the world. Not only do they represent the United States but frequently the free world depends on our president to set the tone for international relationships and leadership.
While our founders may not have visualized the extreme power and prestige the president might eventually wield, they did provide for growth in the position and a balanced electoral process, as well as, governmental checks and balances as control. Some presidents have exercised tremendous expansion of the office, others have been place keepers in history. In all cases, even with George Washington's elections, the presidential campaigns have been contentious. This history makes for a very interesting review. Many election details will surprise you.
From the debates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, to president Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb to end WWII, our history provides material that reads better than any suspense-filled novel. If you have an interest in understanding the president’s impact on making the United States the greatest country in the history of the world, you will enjoy, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY class offered this fall.
(This class is apolitical and includes no current events)