Why Did Our Constitution Add A President to Government, Which Previously Had Only A Congress in 1789?

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    Mar 17, 2015 2:40 AM GMT
    NYT: Having a point person for foreign relations was one of the main motives for jettisoning the Articles of Confederation in 1789. The new Constitution added a president to the nation’s government, which previously had only a Congress. Increasingly, Americans began to see alternative negotiating as treason.

    The Constitution and the office of the presidency centralized American foreign policy making and made possible the rising power of the United States through the 20th century. It would be strange for a group of 21st-century senators to take advantage of the negotiations with Iran and return us to an earlier age of cacophony and weakness.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/13/opinion/a-history-lesson-for-the-republicans-who-wrote-to-iran.html
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 17, 2015 2:49 AM GMT
    Most if not all politicians both democratic and republican are only out for their own self aggrandizement. The American people be damned. Sad but unfortunately true.icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 17, 2015 3:02 AM GMT
    I suppose the next step if for Congressional Republicans to start telling the Generals and Admirals in the Pentagon what to do. If they can bypass the President as Head of State in dealing with foreign governments, which is the President's proper & exclusive role, I guess they can just go ahead and complete their coup d'état with the military, as well.
  • tj85016

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    Mar 17, 2015 5:58 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI suppose the next step if for Congressional Republicans to start telling the Generals and Admirals in the Pentagon what to do. If they can bypass the President as Head of State in dealing with foreign governments, which is the President's proper & exclusive role, I guess they can just go ahead and complete their coup d'état with the military, as well.


    actually Congress does tell the Pentagon what to do, but we've conveniently removed Congress' role in declaring war (which we do every 6 months or so) since the Gulf of Tonkin