September 29, 2014
The 1787 Constitution supplies energy by ensuring an energetic executive branch, by this Hamilton means having a president with power and influence. Hamilton defends the idea that an energetic president must have a combination of energy and safety; in this he includes unity, duration, adequate support, and powers given. Unity within the executive branch is critical and crucial for the nation. Hamilton, argues a single hand in the executive branch will supply energy for several reasons. Firstly, he brings into light the consequences of having a plural branch, this involves a split in the nation. Hamilton feared a division of the country ultimately leading to violence if a plural executive branch would be favored. As a result, Hamilton believed the constitution supplied energy by focusing on a single executive that will create higher responsibility and unity. In essay 71 of The Federalist Papers, Hamilton defends the constitution’s provision for a presidential term of four-years. Hamilton argues in favor of the constitution in belief that it will supply energy to the government. Hamilton’s argument in favor for a four-year term revolves around the belief that it will enable and allow the president to pursue policies that will benefit the people. In addition, a four-year presidential term would supply energy because it will make two things possible. According to Dr. Kaplan (class lecture), a time length of four years would create a steady liable administration of the law and personal firmness in employment of executive power. Hamilton also argues that adequate support of the executive branch would supply energy and an effective branch. In Essay 73 Hamilton discusses and expresses his support of the provisions regarding the salary for the president. Hamilton states, “They can neither weaken his fortitude by operating on his necessities, nor corrupt his integrity by appealing to his avarice” (2nd, 73). This is...
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