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Path to the Presidency: What does the Constitution say about the executive office?

By John Vettese, Student Voices staff writer 

 The requirements to become president have not changed much over the years. Article II, Section I, of the Constitution lists three main eligibility requirements:

• He or she must be a natural-born citizen of the United States. • He or she must have lived in the United States for the previous 14 years. • He or she must be over the age of 35.

But since the rise of political parties soon after the nation was founded, having a party’s nomination is also important. The custom of party nominations led to the creation of a primary election process in which the two major political parties – Republicans and Democrats – each select a candidate to represent their party for president on the general election ballot.

What powers does the president have?

The president represents the executive branch of the federal government. The executive (the president and his or her administration) is one of the three branches of government established by the Constitution; the two others are the legislative (Congress) and the judicial (the U.S. courts).

The powers of the executive office are outlined in the Constitution. Among them:

• The president can sign into law any legislation passed by Congress. The president can also veto any legislation passed by Congress, but the veto can be overturned by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses (Article I, Section 7). • The president appoints the Supreme Court justices, but they must be approved by the Senate (Article II, Section 2). • The president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces (Article II, Section 2). • The president appoints people to run the executive agencies, such as the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services (Article II, Section 2). • With a two-thirds majority of the Senate, the president can enter into treaties with foreign nations (Article II, Section 2). • The president can pardon anyone serving in federal prison (Article II, Section 2).

Additionally, the president must report regularly to Congress on the affairs of the country. This is customarily done in a State of the Union address before Congress.

Changes over time

After the initial roles, responsibilities and processes were listed in the Constitution and the young government’s operations got under way, modifications to the founders’ plan were ratified in these amendments:

• The 12th Amendment says the president and vice president should not be from the same state to keep one region of the country from getting too much power. • The 20th Amendment establishes Inauguration Day so it always falls on Jan. 20. Before, the new president did not take office until March, and there was a long period when the outgoing “lame duck” president did not get much accomplished. • The 20th and 25th Amendments established the line of succession; if the president cannot serve, the vice president steps in. This was expanded by the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, so the speaker of the House follows the vice president, the president pro Tempore of the Senate follows the speaker, and then members of the president’s Cabinet. • After Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term in 1944, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment, which limits a president to no more than two four-year terms (with exceptions if a vice president has to fill in the remaining term of a president who dies in office). Some believe the presidency has gained too much power over the two other branches of government. Presidents have sent U.S. military forces into wars without the formal consent of Congress. When signing bills into law, they have used signing statements to say they believe part of the bill is unconstitutional they refuse to implement it.

What do you think?

If the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now, what do you think they would change about the way the executive branch works? Do you agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch? Do you think other changes should be made about the president’s responsibilities? What qualifications do you think are most important in a president? Join the discussion!
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11/21/2016
Sidney/Montana
Laura
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The nation that we live in today has grown tremendously since the Founding Fathers first wrote the constitution so many years ago. I believe that if they knew what we know now that they would take some power away from the President, as the knowledge of our nation and world as a whole has grown so much that the powers given to the President are just too much for a single person. However, I agree with what the amendments that have been added onto the constitution that affect the executive branch do. I feel as if they help to include balances that will end up keeping the President in check and keep him from making any rash decisions. As for the President’s responsibilities I believe that he should be less in charge of the people and more in charge of foreign affairs that would directly affect the people of the United States. The most important qualifications of being the President are being a natural born citizen and being able to console the nation. In my opinion, being a natural born citizen is very important, because they will know how things are here first hand from growing up here themselves. Being able to console the nation is also very important because in the state of the world today there are many terrible happenings all the time and when one of them occurs inside of our borders it hits home with the people and the President should be a person who can calm them all back down and let them know everything will be alright and the sun will still rise in the morning. Even with a few changes, I believe that the Founding Fathers would be surprised and happy with how far our country has come.

11/21/2016
Sidney, MT
Johren
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think, if the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now, they would not have given the President so much power in the executive branch. I think that they would be of the opinion, as am I, that no one American citizen should have that power. There is immense value in the position of the President but, in our day and age, no one man can be an expert in all the fields that the President has control and power in. I am of the opinion that the President should not have to wear the hat of being the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and have the ability to sign into law any legislation passed by Congress. With the complexity of our world, no one person should be able to effectively and condfidently handle all of those responsibilities. I agree with all the amendments that affect the executive branch. In order to be President, I think one must be of obvious good character, believe in the foundations that our country was built on, work for the betterment of our the American people, and an exceptional understanding of politics and our government.

11/18/2016
Sidney/Mt
Christine
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that even if the Founder knew what we know today, they would not change much about how they wrote the constitution. I agree with the amendments regarding the Executive Branch of government because they’re in place to keep the branch in check if ever the case it becomes too powerful. However, I don’t think the president should just be allowed to send military action without the agreement from Congress because they should both communicate and on the same place when it comes to military action. I do think a president should be a natural born citizen so there is no bias toward their home nation even if there are no intentions. Being the age of 35 is very reasonable because we need a president with somewhat of a life experience. I also agree with the 22nd amendment because it ensures that a president can’t abuse his time limit by making bribes can surpass their term.

11/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Laura
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The nation that we live in today has grown tremendously since the Founding Fathers first wrote the constitution so many years ago. I believe that if they knew what we know now that they would take some power away from the President, as the knowledge of our nation and world as a whole has grown so much that the powers given to the President are just too much for a single person. However, I agree with what the amendments that have been added onto the constitution that affect the executive branch do. I feel as if they help to include balances that will end up keeping the President in check and keep him from making any rash decisions. As for the President’s responsibilities I believe that he should be less in charge of the people and more in charge of foreign affairs that would directly affect the people of the United States. The most important qualifications of being the President are being a natural born citizen and being able to console the nation. In my opinion, being a natural born citizen is very important, because they will know how things are here first hand from growing up here themselves. Being able to console the nation is also very important because in the state of the world today there are many terrible happenings all the time and when one of them occurs inside of our borders it hits home with the people and the President should be a person who can calm them all back down and let them know everything will be alright and the sun will still rise in the morning. Even with a few changes, I believe that the Founding Fathers would be surprised and happy with how far our country has come.

11/18/2016
Sidney, Montana
Andrew
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the president should have less military power, in that the president should not be able to launch ICBM's and they should not be able to authorize deployment of armed forces into a country without the approval of Congress. However, I do feel that it is a good thing that the president can only serve 2 terms (assuming they get elected the second time). I do not think that the president should have to be a natural-born citizen so long as the candidate in the running has been a citizen for the past 14 years. Some people who are not born in this country are more devoted to the betterment of the country than some people who have lived in the US for their whole lives. The president should be a reflection of the people while also not becoming a demagogue; they should have the temperament and rational thought needed to represent an entire nation.

11/17/2016
Sidney, MT
Landan
Sidney High School Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that being the single person in charge of an entire 1/3 of our Federal Government, the POTUS already holds immense power. I believe that the President should only overstep his current powers in times of crisis when given a mandate by the people, such as what George Bush assumed after the 9/11 attacks. In other circumstances, it is very questionable whether the President should exercise his (or hopefully her soon) powers to their fullest extent other than in these states of emergency. The only way in which I would curtail the current powers available would most definitely be the ease in which they can launch nuclear warheads, for I believe this is the most drastic decision anyone can make and therefore should never be in the hands of just one person. I wish that the President could serve more than two terms; maybe 3 or 4. We can see what amazing steps FDR made during his 4 terms and with the constant gridlock in Washington many Presidents cannot get anything significant done in 2 terms. In addition, I believe that foreign-born citizens should be able to serve as our President if the people choose to elect them.

11/17/2016
Sidney, MT
Tessa
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
In my opinion, the Founding Fathers would not change much about the way the executive branch works now. They foresaw the need for a strong president who is capable of taking independent action. One danger that they sought to avoid was an ineffectual president who is incapable of executing the nation’s laws. The president is the leader of our nation, and the Constitution outlines the powers which he/she has. These are all very reasonable and justifiable. Article II, Section I of the Constitution lists three main eligibility requirements: he/she must be a natural born citizen of the United States, must have lived in the United States for the previous fourteen years, and must be over the age of 35. However, I believe that although the Founding Fathers would be very pleased that we still follow this criteria, they would have tried to control the power of the executive branch more. Today, the president has a lot more power (especially with executive orders) and, at times, that power can seem overbearing. The Founding Fathers would have adjusted the system of checks and balances to ensure that each branch of government has the same amount of power. Also, qualifications that make a good president would be past political experience, intelligence, optimism, dedication to the betterment of our country and citizens, loyalty, and kindness to ALL, no matter gender, race, religion, etc.

11/17/2016
Sidney, MT
Kasey G.
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Overall I think the key issue here is how much power should the president get? I think that the foundering fathers wanted a government that had checks and balances. That's why we have three branches in government. But in order for our system that our founder designed for us to work the three branches must have equal powers. That being said the president is who our people turn to when they feel something but be done immediately about an issues. Therefore I have come to the conclusion that the president should have as much power as the other two branches have but should be given occasional leeway, with the understanding that if need one of the two other branches could stop them.

11/17/2016
Sidney MT
Quinlyn
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that if the Founding Fathers knew what we know today they would have made a lot of changes. There has been many changes in the economy like media. Media now days is what gets information across, it is an easy communication outlet as well. But I also believe Amendments like the 12th, 20th, and 22nd would all stay the same. Being that we are a Republic we don't want anyone to exceed a great amount of power. That is why our executive branch operates the way that it does today. However, they may have made everything a little bit harder, such as signing bills and military. The Founding Fathers would have most likely made it to where we needed permission from Congress for everything to do with bills and Congress. I also believe that all responsibilities and qualifications would either stay the same or become more challenging and important.

11/17/2016
Sidney Montana
Megan
Mr. Faulhaber
There is a lot of things I was very uneducated about when it comes to the President. I think that the power that the president holds is there for a reason. I believe that the rules are fair enough. No one wants a president that hasn't experienced life yet. As well as the American born citizen, which is the best option that no one should be running a country they are not from.

11/16/2016
Sidney/Montana
Justin
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If the founding fathers knew what we know today they would change a few small things, but keep most of the powers highlighting in the constitution for the president. The only thing that should be changed is the fact the president can engage in conflicts without approval from congress. It would make more sense for the representatives for the people vote for weather the United States should engage in said conflict. Other than that, the constitution does a fine job of limiting the power of the president. For example, article two section four states that “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” This keeps the president within the law and honest. Qualifications the constitution sets for the president are also good except for one. The fact that you must be born in the U.S. to run for president does not make much sense to me. If you were born in Germany and moved to the U.S. when you were three, you should can run for president as an adult. Giving people born out of the United States the chance to run for president will give the people more choice when choosing candidates to run this country. The other qualifications such as being thirty-five years of age and living in the U.S. for at least the last fourteen years protects the office from foreign interests and inexperience. The constitution does an overall good job at limiting the powers of the president within a reasonable limit.

11/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Chantel Wilcoxon
Sidney High School/ Mr. Faulhaber
I feel that the Founder's created this Article in the Constitution to keep the checks and balances within the government in check. Without this, the President would gain more power than they are entitled to. Saying that the President is part of the Executive Branch of the government makes the President seem in line with everyone else and not having more power. Just because they are the President does not mean that they should overlook the other people in government. We elect a president to represent us as a country, not for him/her to gain power and do what they want. The Founder's were scared of a monarchy and a pure democracy and giving the President more power than they deserve can lead to this. The President should be fined if they do not follow their restrictions like everyone else in the country. They should not be treated above everyone just because they are the President. They should be a citizen and should contribute to society in someway to even be considered a possible candidate to represent our country and make it a better place.

11/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Michael
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If the founding fathers had all of the experience we have now, I believe they would change in some ways how the executive branch works. First, I believe they would have installed the 12th Amendment, 20th Amendment, 25th Amendment, the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, and the 22nd Amendment all into Article II of the Constitution. These Acts and Amendments have had a positive impact on how the executive branch works and if the Founders had the experience we had today, I believe they would have directly inserted these laws into the original constitution. As far as other presidential powers go, I believe the founders would be fine with how things have worked out. The system of checks and balances helps to keep the presidential powers on a leash. If a president abuses his power, congress will simply impeach him and the vice president will step into his place as president. These checks and balances help to keep our country stable and protect us, the American people, from our own government.

11/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Dawson
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they created the three branches of government. They successfully created a system of checks and balances along with the creation of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. The checks and balance system regulates the power of the president in office by being able to prevent total control by one person. I agree with most, but not all of the amendments in the executive branch. Most of them are in place to keep the president’s power in place through checks and balances. For instance, Article II, Section 2 states that with a two-thirds majority of the Senate, the president can enter into treaties with foreign nations. This article shows that the president cannot just go around making treaties or dealing with foreign matters without a majority support from other branches, like the legislative. Many more articles uphold the checks and balance part of the executive branch as well. Articles like Article I, Section 7 and Article II, Section 2, and so on and so forth. One amendment I do not agree with particularly. Part of Article II, Section 2 says the president can pardon anyone serving in federal prison. I do not understand how the president can just pardon someone as he pleases. Granted, it probably does not happen, but that source of power is still there. As we all know, humans love power. I am not sure of any changes I can think of for the Constitution on the executive office, for all of the amendments have been made for some reason. As for qualifications, I think that the three we have in place are very suiting. They ensure that the candidate has had experience of the country and is mature enough to be leading it.

11/4/2016
Washington/NJ
Aubrey
Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
I think they would give less nuclear power to the President just in case as well as stopping the president from being able to send troops into war. I agree with presidents only allowed to serve two terms and I think the back-up protocols for the replacement of the president. I do think that a foreign-born citizen should be allowed to run for president, because if someone has pledged themselves to this country and is willing to work hard for the country in the highest form of office, why shouldn't they be allowed to run? I feel that this rule creates a deeper divide in this country between nationally-born and foreign-born American citizens, when that is supposed to be one of the things this country holds close.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Cheyenne
Ms.Rokosny/Warren Hills High School
In the United States constitution the requirements to become president are explicitly noted. They include being a natural- born citizen of the United States, having to live in the U.S for the Previous fourteen years, and being over the age of thirty five. Those rules have served for many years and the reasoning behind them are understandable. However, I think it may be time to adapt the constitution so citizens that are not ‘natural born’ can run for the presidency. Having the ‘natural born’ citizen clause in the constiution creates a divide among Americans. I believe someone who has pledged their allegiance to America and is qualified to run for the position should not be over looked because of where they were born.

9/20/2016
Washington
Anna
Rokosny
For the most part,it is good that the requirements to become president have not changed much over the years. He or she must live in the United States for the previous 14 years, and he or she should be over the age of 35. However, I do not believe that only a natural-born citizen should be the president of the United States. This country is very diverse, and it is not right to have someone become president if they are have only been in the United States for a limited time. However many people who are born in a different country at a very young age are limited to the ruling of having to be a natural-born citizen of the United States, even though they can be just as qualified as someone who is a citizen. The rule of having to live in the United States for the previous 14 years, is already protecting eligibility of who can for president, because whoever is running has already been in the United States for a long time. The founding fathers never would have guessed that our country would become as diverse as it is in the 21st century, therefore the rules should change of being able to have an American citizen, who was not born here, run for president. Therefore, the Founding Fathers would change the way the executive branch works.

9/20/2016
Washington Township/New Jersey
Jack
Mrs. Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
I do believe the amendments that affect the Executive Branch are needed to keep the branch in check if ever the case it becomes too powerful. I did not know that the Presidential Succession Act was introduced in 1947. I thought the presidential succession laws were written in the Constitution already. This act is important because it prevents confusion and argument on who will be the next president if both the current president and the vice president dies or fallen ill. The 22nd Amendment is also important because it limits from one person becoming the same president for how many years. A president has to rerun for reelection but usually he/she wins second term. If that amendment was not in place, then he/she could win third term, fourth term, sixth term, or who knows how many terms the current president will win, unless the current president becomes unpopular to the public for whatever the reason maybe. If the Founding Fathers were alive, they would definitely change the age requirement. Back then people lived shorter, unlike today. The age 35 was considered middle-older age to them unlike to us that is still young. So they may bump the age requirements to 45. I would disagree since 35 is a good number to run for president.

9/20/2016
New Jersey
Brie Schwab
Rokosny/ Warren Hills
I feel as if the Founding Fathers were around now that amendments would be very different. A lot has to do with social media, and there would have to be rules set in stone because that is one major difference from then to now. The executive office depends heavily on media to get there points across and they gain followers both virtually and in real life thanks to the easy communication of online news sites and medias. I also believe that it is good that some requirements have stayed the same because keeping things on one straight line makes everything a lot less confusing. Things like the president having to be born in the united states i think because we don't want random people taking over our country.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Dana
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional HS
I think that even if the Founders knew what we know today, they would not change much about how they wrote the Constitution. I believe that the requirements to become president are reasonable and make sense. The age requirement of 35 is rational because we would not want too young of a person in office. They may be naive, not have enough political experience, or simply not be mature enough to handle being President of the United States. Also, the requirement of being born in the US and having to live here for the previous 14 years is also valid. The president should know how the American government works, have American values, and understand our culture. If we allow non US born citizens to become president, they may not fully understand our country and cause problems because of it. Overall I believe that the Founding Fathers made good choices when writing the constitution and the laws they put in place are still reasonable for today.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Alexa
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I highly doubt that the Founding Fathers would change their terms on what qualifications United States citizens need. I believe that whoever runs to represent the U.S. should be a natural-born citizen because having someone else from a foreign country represent us does not feel right. Whatever country they are from guarantees an alliance or some relationship between their homeland and this country, and alliances always spell trouble, especially when looking back at incidents like World War I. There are over 300,000,000 Americans, and sure, some do not fit the qualifications, but surely we do not need an outsider to run the executive branch. I also agree with the fact that the president must be over the age of 35 as they need experience to deal with the real issues in this country. If a millennial were to run for president, they would not have as much experience as someone who has spent more time engaging with government and society. Those who want to run under 35 will have their time to run for president, they just need the experience prior in order to fully grasp what it means to work in the executive branch and represent the United States.

9/20/2016
Washington/ NJ
Tyler
Rokosny/ Warren Hills
The amendments that regulate the President are useful and efficient in the sense that they mandate that a President be at the right level of competence and regulated in his or her ruling. Firstly, the amendments qualify whether a person is eligible to lead the nation. They must be natural-born, which eliminates the chance of loyalties to other nations as well as an unawareness to certain cultural norms, they must be 35, which makes sure they are well ready for the tasks that may face, and they must have lived in the United States for the past 14 years so as to make sure they are aware of the cultural practices of the American society. Beyond their roles of determining whether one is credible to attempt to be president, these amendments also serve the purpose of regulating the power of Presidents who are actually serving. There are numerous amendments that make sure that the President cannot solely act upon their own individual whims, which may harm the nation. They are regulated by needing compliance from the legislative branch as well as the judicial review of the judicial branch. And finally, the 22nd amendment protects the United States from having a sole ruler who may wield too much power if they are allowed to serve more than two terms of presidency.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Cassidy
Ms. Rokosny/Warren Hills High School
The qualifications set in place now for the President are useful, but can be too strict. I believe that if you were born in a different country and came here at a young age, you should be able to be President. If the person running truly loves and devotes themselves to American pride, why should they not have the chance to become president? I feel as if the amendments set in place now prevent the chances of the president becoming too powerful and becoming a dictator. Therefore also lessening the chances of them becoming too overpowering in a span of two terms. Being that there are so many rules and guidelines to keep the executive branch running the way it should, I do not think that the responsibilities of the president should change for it would ruin the balance and the way things are running now.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Taylor
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I think that the current amendments that affect the executive brach are important to ensure that the balance of power does not shift. The 12th Amendment keeps the control in the executive branch from becoming too much. The Amendment is important because if both the President and Vice President came from one specific region, that part of the country would feel like they have all of the control. I also agree with the 20th and 25th Amendments because they establish a bold line of passing down the presidency. I think that the 22nd Amendment is one of the most important ones because by limiting the amount of terms they can serve, this also stops the executive branch from eventually having too much power. These Amendments allow the executive office to have an "order" while still maintaining the control over the country that they should have. I think that the requirements to become president should be kept in place because these qualifications will make sure that the President will be loyal and be experienced enough to run our country. The president should be a good and realistic representation of our country and be able to put the interest of the American people as his/ her top priority.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Sarah
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I believe in a system of "checks and balances" where the president does not have too much power in which he turns into a dictator-like figure. I agree with the amendments affecting the executive branch to the extent where the president can't make too many decisions without the approval and acceptance of congress. The qualifications to be president should not be changed, such as the need of birth in the United States. I believe that the president should need to know what it is like to grow up in an American society, because a foreign president would not understand the American society as well as a president who has experienced it first hand. Also, a foreign president could possibly bring over different ideas of government (possibly growing up in a dictator run/communist society) that do not agree with traditional American ideologies of government. I do not believe that the presidents powers should be altered, due to the fact that we are a democracy and if the president has too much responsibility, the people will not have as much of a say in any decisions he makes on his own.

9/20/2016
Washington/ New Jersey
Anna
Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
I feel that it is a positive thing that modifications were made to the founders' plan because even though the founders' rules were good, I feel that there need to be more restrictions for the president and more requirements so that it cannot just be anyone running for president. I do not think the president has too much power due to the checks and balances put in place to prevent that. I think maybe there should be more requirements of our president like more political background or something like that. I think it is important for he or she to have lived in the United States for at least 14 years so they know the culture and atmosphere of it. Overall, I think the founding fathers did a great job with the Constitution and the executive branch.

9/20/2016
Washington/NJ
Olivia
Rokozny/Warren Hills Regional High School
These qualifications for an efficient Presidency made by the Founding Fathers should not be changed and would not be changed if the Founding Fathers were able to change anything today. A natural born citizen has the utmost respect for America, with no biases for other countries and has been living here since they were born not only has qualification, but understands American morale without loyalty to any other country that took care of them how ever many years before. American residency for 14 years is important too because they have been living there and know how the country is working, so the potential president can enact/express what they want to change within America and how they would be the best president because of being able to watch the country change over 14 years. Also, the 35 age minimum is also a strong requirement because it gives the potential president time to mature within politics and get proper schooling. Since you can run for the House at 25, there are many political opportunities for people under 35, allowing this potential person to become seasoned within politics. The Founding Fathers made these requirements because they thought they would be the most efficient and they continue to be in 2016.

9/20/2016
Washington/NJ
Sarah
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I think the qualifications for becoming president are rational and fair. I believe that the age requirement is one of the most important because it ensures that the candidates have worked in politics and have been given time to become well educated. I know many people debate whether or not the president must be a natural born citizen but I believe that this ensures that the president does not have bias towards their home nation. Lastly, I think the 14 years requirements is pretty justified as well because it means that the candidate will be well versed in our laws and current living situation in America. Overall, I don't think any of the requirements are over bearing or need to be revised.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Brie
Rokosny/Warren Hills High School
I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch because it limits the amount of power they can have and prevents them from feeling too in control. It is important to have these rules set in place because it keeps good communication between the important roles and doesn't allow any of them more control over the decisions.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Kristen
Rokosny/Warren Hills High School
I think that the executive branch works well now because over the years the major problems have been worked out through amendments like the 12th and 22nd. I do not think the Founding Fathers would have changed much about the executive branch because they made sure that checks and balances evened out power throughout the branches. I do not think they would have added the 12th and 22nd Amendment to the Constitution originally because at the time, the country had different needs than it does now. I also think that the qualifications for President are still relevant today because they assure that a President understands American government and ideals maturely and responsibly.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Gabby
Ms. Rokosny/Warren Hills High School
I believe that is a good thing that the requirements to become president have not changed much over the past years. The main requirements put in place, such as being over 35, being born in the United States, and having to live in the U.S. for the previous 14 years, are good rules to follow when selecting a president. My first thought when looking at this topic of discussion was that the United States was a place of diverse people from all over the world, so perhaps someone born in a different country could become president. But after reading more into it and thinking about it in depth, I concluded that the requirements set in motion today should continue to be required. Even if someone is perfectly qualified to run the country, and perhaps was born in another country but has lived in the United States for most of their lives, they still should not be able to become president. I think this reasoning because even if they are proud Americans, they might still have some biases towards their home country, even if they do not intend to. This is a time in American history where there are many people advocate to be proud of where you come from and who you are. Although I think that is a beautiful message and one that should continue to grow, I believe that when picking a president of the United States, it is wise to choose someone without any of these biases that might come along with calling another country "home".

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Ciara
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch because it keeps the President from gaining too much power. If the president and vice president are from the same state, that region could feel in control. The 12th amendment is in place to protect the country. I also agree with the 22nd amendment because the president shouldn't be able to serve more than two years. This is because they could become too powerful. It is important to gain new ideas and have different people in the white house. This also may give a different party a chance to win the election. Limiting the amount of times the president can serve may also make them work harder to get things done, knowing that they only have a short amount of time.The qualification that is most important in a president is if they can lead the people. A president needs to be someone the people emulate and a respectable role model.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Haley
Rokosny/Warren Hills
The qualifications that are most important in becoming president are that the candidate must have strong morals and values. Also, not only should a candidate have to follow the requirements outlined in Article II, Section I of the Constitution, but the President should also hold other qualifications such as social skills, the ability to speak publicly, the ability to deal with foreign nations in an appropriate manner, and–most importantly– a presidential candidate should have the outmost respect for the nation and its people; he/she should do everything in his/her power to do whatever he can for the people and the economy. I feel as if many presidents have weak morals and values, which leads them to be poor leaders and not represent the people efficiently. I feel as if these qualifications for president are the most important. I do not believe that being an elite, having a background in politics, etc is as important as having qualities such as the ones outlined above.

9/20/2016
Washington/NJ
Kelcy
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional hs
The founding fathers would differ slightly in the opinions they had then and how the world is now. Overlooking the millennials they would change the age requirement to be in office. Twenty-five to thirty is a more convenient age, the younger a person in power is the more likely they are able to relate to the newer generations and create laws to appeal to them. Congress would of course over see their choices as well, one cannot preside alone, and regardless congress is the one that can pass the legislations. The president would also have the VP and the cabinet to influence decisions as well. I do not agree fully with the amendments that affect the executive branch. A natural-born citizen should not be the only choice American people have. There are many people in America who cannot only talk the talk, but also walk the walk. Having this amendment limits the possibilities the Country can offer to the world.I agree with them being under three when they immigrated to this country to be eligible to run, however. Many people assume that if a non natural born citizen runs it will benefit their nationality only, but the president does not make decisions alone and therefore cannot solely benefit themselves.

9/20/2016
Washington / New Jersey
Jackie
Rokosny /Warren Hills Regional High School
I believe that the requirements to become president are very rational. People under 35 have a very limited experience due to the fact that most candidates start by holding some political office prior to running for president. Having experience is vital in holding such high office because you can learn to recognize what slight changes mean and how to properly react to certain situations. While being a natural-born citizen may restrict a lot of people, it is important to someone who wants to be the face of America. If a citizen was born in and or lived in another country for elongated periods of time, they could have personal biases towards their home country or against another country. Bringing any personal biases into foreign affairs can cause the president to make some decisions that may not be in the best interest of America, and with all of the power the president has, that could lead to bad consequences. Even if the president has no personal biases, other countries in the world could view the US differently for having someone from another country leading them, causing other countries biases to stir. Living in the US for the past 14 years is also important for the same reason, but also so that the president is most familiar with the laws and governing style of America. If someone is the leading figure for America, you would want them to be everything this country stands for, and you want them to be the best possible leader. The founding fathers really knew what they were talking about when they wrote the Constitution.

9/20/2016
Washington/NJ
Kate
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If the founding fathers were creating qualifications for the executive office today, I think they would keep majority of these ideas the same. The age requirement ensures that candidates have proper maturity and experience, being a natural-born citizen ensures that our president is patriotic, and the rule of the president and vice president not being from the same state ensures that different parts of the country are represented equally. I also believe that most, if not all, president duties are appropriate, due to the fact that hardly any decisions are made completely independently by the president. The methods of qualifying and the duties of the president are ultimately fair and well-planned and should be kept the same.

9/20/2016
Washington/ New Jersey
Danielle
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I believe that the constitutional requirements to become president should not be changed. The president should be a natural born citizen and should live in the United States for the past 14 years to ensure our safety and security. To me he most important qualification is that you are a natural born citizen. The president should also be over 35 years of age so the candidate can get as much experience as possible before becoming president. Personally, one major characteristic I look for in a candidate is his or her trustworthiness. I do not think that the president is too powerful because of the two term limit. Hence, I do not believe that the presidents responsibilities should be changed.

9/20/2016
Washington, New Jersey
Peter
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
The most important qualifications for someone to be eligible to run for President are exactly the ones that are written in the constitution today. First and foremost, the age requirement of 35 years of age is a perfect number. This allows the candidate to have experience in political office with well enough time to still be able to serve as a healthy and beneficial president. The most important quality one needs to have in order to be eligible for president is the individual must be a natural born United States citizen. No one can have the sense of American pride unless they are truly and purely American. A foreign delegate could have ties with other nations and may be biased towards their nation when dealing with foreign affairs. I also strongly agree with the requirement that the candidate must have lived in the United States for the previous 14 years so they are still in touch with U.S. society, economy, and politics. Overall, the guidelines for one to be eligible for president were established by our founding fathers for a reason and I do not see any reason to change these principles whatsoever. We have been going for hundreds of years and we have success greater than any nation, no need to change.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Tom
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I believe that the Founding Fathers would not change many things about the way the executive branch works. The president is the leader of the United States, and all the powers that the constitution appoints the president are reasonable. I agree with all the amendments that affect the executive branch and see them as justified. If one thing could be tweaked, I think that the president should have less control over the military, delegating that responsibility to someone who may have a better understanding and grasp on warfare and the military in general. I think a great president must be optimistic, cunning, brave, and intelligent. They should not be fazed by any problem, but also support the country when a disaster does occur. Most importantly they should have an overwhelming sense of pride in the United States and truly work to make it the best county in existence. The president should also be from the United States, because if they are to be the face of the country they should be born from the United States. The only requirement that should be changed is the age restriction, because a good leader could really be younger than 35 and the brain is also at its peak in younger ages. Other than that I believe the Founding Fathers did an exquisite job creating and fortifying the executive branch.

9/20/2016
Washington/NJ
Brian
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
I think the founding fathers would have tried to control the power of the executive branch more. The president does have a lot of power, especially with executive orders, and that power can be a little too much sometimes. The founding fathers my have put more checks and balances on the executive office if they knew what kind of power the President would end up having. Sending troops into war and refusing to implement bills are two things that can be very powerful and that is a lot of power for one person to have. The President definitely has more power than the other branches so I think the founding fathers would have definitely weakened the power of the executive branch.

9/20/2016
Washington/NJ
Matthew
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
I think there is only one change that should made about the president's responsibility. Presidents sending US military forces into wars without the consent of Congress is a problem because even if the President thinks we should enter/join/start a war that does not mean it is best for the country. It is concerning that Presidents have done this in the past. However as much as there should be a check on this power nothing should affect the fact that the President is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Some sort of check should be created but if affects this role of the President another way will need to be found.

9/20/2016
washington/new jersey
Julia
rokosny / warren hills
I agree that the president should be a citizen of the United States and live here for the past 14 years, but I disagree that he/she should be a natural born citizen. I believe that they should be allowed to have been born in another country and still be eligible to hold the highest office as long as they have lived in the states for the majority of their lives. Many question whether or not they will hold a bias toward their home country and make questionable decisions based off of that, but just because they run does not mean they will be elected and they do not do all the work alone. There is the system of checks and balances to keep everything in line and the option of removing them from office. A person running for president of the united States should run because they truly believe they can make a positive impact on the country and just because you were born in another country that opportunity to make a difference should not be taken away from you. As long as you have been a legal citizen for about 75 percent of your life, you should be allowed to run for office and become president. Many people who could make great leaders are not given the chance even though they may have only been born and lived in another country for less than a year.

9/20/2016
Washington, NJ
Maddie
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I think that if the Founding Fathers were to make any changes to the executive branch that they would change the fact that to be eligible for President, he/she must have lived in the United States for the previous 14 years. I think this should change because 14 years is not enough years for someone to experience enough 'recent' events that happen in our country. For example, say a president running in 2020 just meets the deadline for living here for 14 years. That means that he or she moved back to the US in 2006. This also means that they were not here in America to experience one of our country's biggest tragedies... 9/11. Although they may have heard/known about this event or any other significant event, they were not personally in our country when it happened. I believe that in order to run for President you must live in the United States your whole entire life, prior to running for President. I think that it shows loyalty and connection with your country. Other than that, I really don't think there would need to be any changes to the Constitution, regarding Article II, Section I. I think that the Founding Fathers created eligibility requirements on a fair playing field, so that many people have the opportunity to run for President, if they choose to.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Marsie
Rokosny/Warren Hills HS
I agree with the amendments, everything that is established is for a reason. The only thing I might change is the age to become president, although 35 is pretty reasonable. I might change it to around 30. I believe the president although, should be a natural born citizen. Someone running for president that isn't of this country might carry the country they came from's government and that could potentially be a problem. The powers of executive does a have problem nowadays. In example, since it says the president can sign into any legislation passed by congress, can veto any legislation as well, vice versa. A president can make a bill that goes through congress and the problem would be it not being able to pass certain laws the president might be because of his political party. the vast majority of people working in office right now is republican, but our president is Democratic. Obama wants to do so many things but republicans go against it so there is some issue there.

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Aubrey
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
I believe that if the founding fathers knew what we know now they wouldn't change very much about what they have written in the Constitution. I agree with most of the amendments passed dealing with the executive branch, but maybe some changes should be made to not allow the President to send Military forces into war without Congressional consent. Something I very much care about and believe should be changed is the rule that every president has to be born in the United States to run for office. I believe that if they are a naturalized citizen, have been living in the country for a minimum amount of 20 years or so with no major infractions or legal issues, anyone should be able to serve the country they love in the highest form of office. What better way is there to fully eternalize the idea that the United States is a melting pot of people and that anyone can be an American?

9/20/2016
Washington/New Jersey
Kaitlin
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I don't think the Founding Fathers would change all too much if they knew what was going on in the modern day. I personally agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. I believe that the president has a good amount of power, without being too powerful. I do believe the president should be a natural born citizen; it would protect against bias towards another country or even favoritism. Although the age limit is on the higher side, I believe that 35 years old shows maturity and it ensures that the president is wise enough to run the United States.

9/20/2016
Washington/NJ
Brittney
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I agree with the eligibility requirements to become president. I feel the President should be a natural-born citizen because he or she is the one who is representing our country. I also agree with the requirement that he or she must have lived in the U.S. for the previous 14 years because they should be aware of how the U.S. is used to being run and familiar with the laws. I also agree that a veto can be overturned by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses because America is run as a democracy and everyone should have a say. I do disagree with the 12th Amendment because it would be the people's decision if they were to think that it would become an issue.

9/6/2016
Sidney/Montana
Bree
Louis/Sidney High School
I feel like the founding fathers should change the age requirement which requires the presidents to be 35 years old. It is way too high according to me because it is way past adulthood, and maturing, furthermore the president should already be able to have the knowledge to be president. Also, I feel like the 12th amendment is dumb. Good for them if they got elected from the same state, this only means tha t the United States likes them. I don't really care where these people are from as long as they are going to serve our country well. The most important qualification of the president is being a citizen of the United States, that's pretty much it.

9/2/2016
Sidney Mt
Caden
Mr. Lewis SHS
I think that the founding fathers would leave everything basically the same way. They would probably only make minor changes to the way the branch works. For the most part, the executive branch can function relatively effectively. Some things have changed slightly, but for the most part should still be relevant. They may change the fact that the president can use military force without authorization from congress. If they knew then what we know now, they would see that there is a clear overreach of presidential power. They would see that he should not be in so much control over the armed forces, because they are essentially the most dangerous toy in the world, that he can use whenever he wants.

9/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Michael G.
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
If the founding fathers knew what we know today I don't think they would change all that much. The problems with the Presidents powers have been balanced out by amendments to the constitution, and I don't see the President as currently having to much power. I agree with the amendments to the Constitution that limit the Presidential powers, I especially agree with the limiting of office to two terms, it keeps the president from obtaining to much power. I personally think that if a President has no military background they should not have control of our army, this is because with no military background how do we expect someone commanding an army to make a good decision. I think all the current qualifications are fine, but as stated before the President should have military background to be considered our Commander and Chief of the military.

9/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Jacey
Mr. Lewis
I think that if the founding fathers knew then what we know now not a whole lot would change. I dont think much would change in the sense that we already have well set laws and legislation. I do agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch because it keeps the President from gaining too much power which shows that it's meant to do good. I dont think other changes should be made and I think the most important qualification in a president is to do what is right for the citizens of the United States.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Nakieta
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
If our Founding Fathers knew what we know now, I think they would make small changes in how the executive branch works. I personally agree with most of these amendments for the executive branch. The only one i do not really agree with is the 22nd amendment. I feel as if a President is doing his job right and people like him then he should be able to run for longer as long as he gets voted in or out. The President should have honesty to gain the trust of our country and be able to keep his responsibilities. He or she will always have many responsibilities such as keeping our country safe and making sure we do not go into a war or if we do they will keep up safe.

9/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Allyson
Mr. Lewis
If the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now, I don't think that they'd make a lot of changes, but maybe a few. I think they would maybe change that the president does not have to have approval from the Congress. I think they would change it just because of how much power and how much say so it gives the president. I do agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch just because of the balance it keeps between the president and vice president. I do not think think that other changes should be made about the president's responsibilities because I feel like he already has enough and that he needs to take on those responsibilities as best as he can and he does not need to take on anymore. To be president, you should be responsible, trustworthy, honest, and truly care about the nation and the people.

9/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Jerren J
Mr. Lewis - Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now, I do not believe that they would fully agree with the changes that have been made. Certainly the thought of a president running for more than 2 terms must have crossed their minds, and they decided not to make an Amendment similar to the 22nd Amendment which limits a president to 2 four-year terms. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four terms because the people liked him, and at the time, he understood what was happening at the time, and was doing his best to fix issues. If a president is liked enough to be elected to more than two terms, a president, in my eyes, should be allowed to stay in office. I see where the fear of them gaining too much power over the period of time could come into play, but the 12th Amendment keeps power to a minimum, and Impeachment is always an option for presidents who are either not doing their job, or maybe doing too much and trying to be in control too much. I do agree with the fact that the President is Commander in Chief of the Army, Navy, and Militia, and also that they can pardon anyone serving in federal prison. In order to be a President, you need to be honest, and knowledgeable of the position you are fulfilling, and your duties.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Skylar Imhof
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now, i think that the same Amendments in the constitution would remain near the same. We still rely on the constitution for most if not all of our laws today. There are some that I agree with and some that I do not. For example, having control over the military is a major power, and to have all of that power in the control of one person in my opinion is not right. On the other hand, I do think that being able to make treaties is an important part of the executive branch. Maybe more than one person in control of the military, other than that I do not think anything else should change.

9/2/2016
sidney montana
ian
Mr. Lewis/ sidney
I dont think much would change nor should any change within the executive branches should change. it would cause chaos and it would be un justice like. "we the people in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice" in order to form a perfect union we need to keep the same rules and laws that have been createad for decades. that measn no changeing how the executives branches work.the amendents i like because they are easy to undertand. And i think one qualification that is importatn to become a president is that he or she must be born in the US. we dont want some musslim running our country. we need someone whos been born int he us and loves his or her country. and understands our great nation and appreciates our founding father. And one who doesnt come into office saying how he or she wants to be this big person whos goona change our nation.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Ashley
Mr. Lewis
If the Founding Fathers were still alive, I'm sure they wouldn't change a thing. I do agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch, because the president appoints the supreme court justices, but they must be approved by the senate which is good because the senate can make sure that the court is fair and strict.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
John
Mr. Lewis Sidney High School
If the founding fathers knew what we know now, i don't think they would change much at all. I feel they may change a little bit. I don't really agree with the 12th Amendment however. I think that the president and the vice president should be able to come from the same area. I don't see how that could affect anything. Most of the time, the President and the VP should share the same views. I don't see how that should change on how they vote, or how much power it would give to the region. I believe the most important qualifications of the president are as follows. You must be a natural born citizen. I also believe that 35 is also a good age. It keeps the president from being to young. He or she is also mature by the age of 35

9/2/2016
sidney, mt
lane
mr.louis/Sidney high school
if the founding fathers had an idea of what it was like now i feel like they wouldnt change much. I agree with having to be a born citizen of the united states. The Age can depend on the persons knowledge and how much they can deal with but over all i agree with the age now its a good age when you can get alot figured out. I also feel like the president doesnt control as much as he feels like he does.

9/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Lexi
Faulhaber/SHS
If the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now I don't believe that they would change very many things, and the things they would change would be minor. I agree with most of the amendments that affect the executive branch. I agree that the president should be a natural-born citizen and I agree that they should be at least 35. If they were any younger I don't think they would have the experience and/or knowledge/maturity to run a country. The one amendment I disagree with is the 22nd. I believe that if we have a great president that the people like then we shouldn't be forced to vote for completely new people that are significantly worse candidates than the one in office at the time. I also believe that presidents MUST be required to get Congress' approval before sending troops into war zones. It's always better to get more opinions than your own so you can take other people's views into consideration. I think that the president should at least have some type of leadership and military experience so they can make judgement calls based on real life experience rather than something they've never had any experience with at all.

9/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Jaz Hodge
Mr.Lewis/Sidney Highschool
I do not think that our Founding Fathers would change anything. The had an image in mind when they made the constitution, had an image of what they expected America to be like, and especially had an image of the powers they wanted to give our president. They purposely left it vague so that the Executive branch would be limited in their powers, so that these powers would not get abused. I for one think this vagueness was, and still is, the defining difference of America compared to other countries. We don't want one man to make our decisions for us, we want to choose! We want a say in what goes, and that is what limiting the powers of our executive branch has done. The presidents responsibilities should have no changes, but the responsibility of knowing his people should be one held with great importance to him. The people should know their president personally, and should be able to relate to him. Hopefully our president should really care for his people, enough to get to know them, and even enough to develop a deep love for them. This should be the qualification; that the president cares for his people enough to help them strive, and to do everything in his power to do so.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Parker
Mr. Louis/ Sidney High School
Since the first president himself said do not divide the country with two different parties, first I think they would agree on making the president an independent. I do agree with the branches since they balance each other out, it always comes down to the parties disagreeing. The most important qualifications for a president should be their accomplishments and what they know, and their knowledge of a job such as being the leader of a country.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
jared stein
lewis/Sidney High School
I think for the most part they are good. But i think some changes can be made. For example, living in the United States for 14 years should not make you accountable to run for president because that truely isnt fair to some one that has lived in the U.S for there whole life. I also agree with James and that money runs this world for the most part.

9/2/2016
Sidney/ Montana
Adam
Lewis/ Sidney High School
I believe that if the Founding Fathers knew what we know now that the changes would be little for the Executive Branch. The only change that i would agree with is that the presidnets power to go ahead with war without congresses approval. The only other amendment i dont agree with is the 22nd amendment, which limits the terms that a president can serve. i believe that if this president makes good changes in our country that he should be elected again and again. Other than this I believe that all amendments are reasonable.

9/2/2016
Sidney MT
Sierra
Mr. Lewis Sidney High School
I do not think there would be much change to the executive branch of government. The amendments that were put in place help balance the power. especially with the 12th amendment.

9/2/2016
Sidney Montana
Jared Jurgens
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know, i believe they would make small changes to the executive branch and how it works. I think that there should be an amendment to make all three branches have equal power. I do not feel like it is fair that the powers are all not the same. I dont think any other changes should be made for the presidents responsibilities. Presidents should be trust worthy and also they should have honesty. No one wants a president that says one thing to the public and does the total opposite.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Sabryna Moe
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now I dont believe they would change the way the executive branch works a whole a lot and maybe not at all. I agree with what the amendments say that affect the executive branch because they keep the power of the President at a reasonable amount. Also 2 4 year terms should be good enough, but maybe they should be able to run for at least 3 4 year terms because some presidents deserve and did right for the U.S. If we gave them at least 3 times to be president it will keep the power still down and have a well liked person running the U.S. but it wont be the same person for ever running . I dont think changes should be made to the presidents responsibilities. The most important qualification to be president would be that he be a natural born U.S. citizen and that he live in the U.S. for a previous of 14 years because then he would have an understanding of what is going on in the U.S.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Brett Norby
Mr. Faulhaber/ sidney high school
I think that if the Founding Fathers knew what we know now then they would have made the same changes that have been made. The more time that passes, the more you find flaws in the way something is done and this is a result of the amendments made. With the change over time and the need for knew things, this can result in the need for changes which has been done. If the Founding Fathers could make any changes, I believe that they would take power away from the president in the fact that he can engage in war. I think that this can easily be abused even though the main point of the law is very needed it is just sad that is can be abused. I think that the most important qualification is that the president must be 35 or older just because it prevents a very young person from making mistakes.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Mt
Peachlyn
Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The founding fathers might have changed the executive branch, but i honestly don't think they would change much of anything. Yes i agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. The presidents responsibilities should stay the same. The qualifications that i think are the most important would be, being able to be a leader in the nation, not start unnecessary wars, and to put our country first doing whats best for us, and then helping other country's.

9/2/2016
Montana
Tanner Wacha
Mr. Faulharber/ Sidney
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know I don't think that they would change much about how the executive branch works. I agree with the amendments of the executive branch. I think the responsibilities the president has right now were put in place for a reason and because of that his responsibilities should stay the same. I think that it is important that he is a natural born citizen and that he is over the age of 35.

9/2/2016
Sidney Mt
Taylor Schepens
Mr. Faulhaber /Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew what we knew now I think that things would be a lot different. I agree with most of the amendments that have to do with the executive branch, and I think it is set up almost perfectly. I think that the president is given many responsibilities, but so do the other branches. I think that if the president has the most power over everyone else then more responsibility should come with that.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Mt
Tia
Faulhaber/SHS
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now I really think they wouldnt change much in the executive branch or how it works. I agree with some of the amendments with the executive branch but some of them dont really make sense or actually pertain to me. The 22nd amendment isnt really fair for the President because if people like him and want him to run more than 2 or 4 years then we should let him and see what else he can do while being President. But I also get that we want different people to run or become President so we can see what they are capable of.

9/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Taylor
Lewis/Sidney High School
I think that the rules, regulations and outlines are still sound today. The term limit of 4 years, i believe is a good rule. However, the people that serve as president should be required a minimum amount of years to serve in the military. Just so they understand their power more.

9/2/2016
sidney/mt
diego
faulhaber/sidney high school
I think the system that we have right now is some what ok i agree that you must be a u.s citizen and lived here for at least 14 years and must be over 35 of age to become president. The president has a lot of power from being president to being the commander and chief of the military. Are system we have right now is great but if we do change the constitution we would also have to change things after that there is always a step after a step we've already changed it a little bit so we had to make minor changes to it.

9/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Shyan
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that if the Founding Fathers knew then what we do now they would make they Constitution so that it didn't give so much power to the presidents and would spread it around more evenly. Yes and no. I agree that some of them are good but some of them give the president to much power. One person should not have that much power over and entire country. I do not think that more responsibilities because maybe if he or she didn' t have so many responsibilities he or she would focus on the people and what they need individually instead of looking at people as a whole. I think that the most important requirement is that he or she much be a natural-born citizen of the United States because it is better to have someone who was born in this country to lead it instead of someone who hasn't even been here their whole lives.

9/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Cristian
Lewis/ Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now I think not a lot would have changed. I agree with most of the ammendments such as 22nd ammendment which limits a president to only 2, 4 year terms and I think the founding fathers would too, considering that most of the wars in the past all started with dictators. However, I dont agree with presidents signing bills they know are unconstitutional and dont implement it. I think we should have someone check the bill to make sure it is constitutional. Most people believe the president should have to serve in the military before becoming president. It is an honor to serve in the military however I believe there are diffenet ways someone should be able to contribute to our country.

9/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Troy
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now, i dont think there would be many changes at all. The only two things i do not agree with are that the president can serve two, four year terms. I think it should be less, possibly two, three year terms. I also do not agree with their power to command the military, im not saying they should have no power. I just think they should have less power towards the military. The most important qualification in becoming the president are that he/she must be a U.S. born citizen.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Cody
Mr. Lewis
If the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now. I believe that the president should be a natural born citizen of the United States. I agree with most of the ways the executive branch works. I don't believe that the executive branch would change much if the knew then what they know now.

9/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Trace
Mr. Lewis/SPS
I do not think the founding fathers would change much at all. The only thing that they may change is how exactly the Executive branch works. I like the amendments that deal with the executive branch because they involve both the President and Vice President. There are many rules of becoming a president that I really don't like. I do not think that in order to be the president you should have to live in the U.S for fourteen years. However, I do like that the president has to be thirty five years of age. Most brains do not even develope completely until twenty four years of age. This means that a person that wants to become president will have eleven years to take in and learn basically everything he or she needs to know to become president. They will be able to learn and do whatever it is that they are doing to their full ability.

9/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Seth
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think the Executive branch works well the way it is. I think it is good to have a single leader with a group of people advising him. If the Executive system didnt work well then we would have changed it a long time ago. I think that if the people like a president they should be able to elect him/her for more than just two terms.

9/2/2016
Sidney/Montana
Nick
Lewis/ Sidney High School
I cannot see the founding fathers changing much if they saw the way the executive branch works today. The amendments that affect the executive branch help to limit the presidents power and avoid forming a tyrant. one of the largest responsibilities the president has is probably knowing when and when not to go to war with another country. That being said one id say one of the most important qualifications to being president is to have some military background and to understand economics to hopefully avoid higher debts and unprepaired if it comes to war.

9/2/2016
Sidney/mt
kayden
Mr. Louis/Sidney High School
I think that they would have kept it the same if not put a little more restrictions on what he had to do to perform or use some of his powers. I do agree with the amendments and on how they affect the executive branch. I do think though that the nations debt should be put in somehwere where every president has to put paying that off as top of their list to do if there is no war or world terror going on at the time i do believe that that is one major thing the founding fathers would have changed it has become a huge deal and i do believe that they would not want that for our country. the most important qualifications I think for a president is to just be an american to think and act like an american we pledge to god and our country every morning. we have classes to teach us about our country but god is taken out of schools and our government. i think a qualification to be president should be to preserve and protect our country but also to worship god and bring it back into our schools and into our government.

9/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Kasey
Lewis/ Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now I do not think they would change as much as we hope they would. I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. I think the President should have more say in things then what they do because a lot of the things they have to have other people say yes or no but if they don't see it how he does then they would maybe say no to things that could be good. They could also be saying no to things that would be bad also. I think the most important qualifications are having somebody who can manage money really well, and who isn't always just wanting to start wars and are wanting things that are bad for the country.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Emily
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Personally I do not think that the Founding Fathers would reallu change anything with the way the executive branch works. I can agree with the 12th, 20th, and 25th ammendment. However I do not agree with the fact that the president can pardon anyone serving in federal prison if he is supposed to follow the laws of the land. It kind of contradicts itself. Also I kind of go both ways with the 22nd ammendment because if the president is doing a good job and the voters want to re-elect him, they should be able to do so, but I agree that if the president is in power for to long all the power could go to his head.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Amanda
Mr. Faulhaber
If the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now, I think that they would have made the constitution more strict on the roles of the president. I think they would have done this so that the president can't wiggle his way around some of the amendments and do things he isn't supposed to. However, some of the things the president can do with his inherant powers aren't bad at all so that makes me think again that the Fouonding Fathers should change little to nothing. I don't agree with the 12th amendment because I dont think that having the president and vice president from the same state would give that region too much power because they wouldn't even be living there. I do agree with the 20th amendment because I think there is always something the president can be doing to better the country instead of not doing anything and just waiting to get out of office. I also agree with the 22nd amendment. I believe if we have a president who is just horrible, it would be a very good thing he was only in office for 4 years before we could hopefully vote and get another one. If the president is doing great however, I think its good we have him in office for 8 years but that is enough. I think change is good and if we had the same man in there for more than 8 years we might not accomplish much because we wouldn't have new fresh ideas in the office. I dont think that the presidents responsibilities should change because it has worked this way for 44 presidents to be mostly successful so why change anything. Qualifications that I think are important are being able to be professional, knowing a lot about the country and the history of it so history doesn't repeat itself, and also just being a decent person. For example, sometimes when Trump gives speaches, he doesn't sound like such a decent person and isn't very professional. I dont think we need someone like that representing our country.

9/2/2016
Sidney Montana
Tayler
Faulhaber/Lewis
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now, I don't think they would change much. However, I don't think the President should just be allowed to send the military into action without the agreement from the Congress. I do agree that the president and vice president should not be from the same state to avoid one side of the country gaining too much power. I also agree with the president only being able to server two four-year terms to that he/she does not get too powerful. I believe it is fair to be able to veto and enter into treaties with foreign nations with a two-thirds majority senate just so it's fair and it's not only the president's choice.

9/2/2016
sidney montana
Michael T.
Mr. Lewis/ sidney
I believe that if the founding father came new what we know now i dont think they would change much of anything. The amendments are really the only thing holding this country together. I agree with the amendments of the excutive branch to a extant. I agree that the president can veto bills and or sign a legislation into law becuase he's the most important man in the country. However if something tragic happens i think if he vetos something he should forget about congress and make the right decision. I think that the president has a enough stress he dosent need anymore responabilites the only thing he needs to pay attention to is war and not getting america blown up. For qualifications, the president is the number one man in the army therefore i believe if your running for president you need to be in the army and expierence war before you put people there. They would have a whole different outlook on things if they been shot at as well.

9/2/2016
Sidney Mt
Jacob
Mr.Lewis Sidney High School
The presidnet of the U.s should be born united states citizens reason to that is because what if we had someone comeover from a different country and try to run? i think they would try to make things run like the way it does back from where their from. The certain age is a good one, the reason for that is cause 35 is a good age for the expirience and knoledge of knowig what to do and really know what this country needs to make it bettr and they are capable of running for office.

9/2/2016
Sidney, Montana
Nate
Mr lewis Sidney high
Our current system is a legit system that upholds lots ogf duties to become the president but is possibly outdated. The president has alot of power though limited still alot. Change now will always lead to more and more adjustments and changes no matter how much thought is processed into a change.

9/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Pesto
Sidney High School
Well, first of all I don't get it. Second thing is this is sad.

9/1/2016
Sidney, MT
Paige Metz
Lewis/ Sidney High School
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now I don't think they would change much. I agree with most of the amendments that affect the executive branch. I don't agree with the 22nd amendment which limits the president to only 2, 4 year terms. I think if the people keep voting the president back in he should be able to continue to serve. I disagree with the power of the president being in charge of the armed forces if he has not served in the armed forces him self. I believe that should be a requirement actually to be able to run for president to know what they go through.

9/1/2016
Sidney,MT
Logan Peterson
Lewis/ Sidney Highschool
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now, I think they would make only minor changes concerning the way the executive branch works. I think this because many of the laws they made about the executive branch are very effective even in today's world. But the minor changes they might make, may include, changing the ability of the president sending the military into wars without a consent from Congress. They may make this change because of the power it gives the president. They also may make an amendment to even out the power of the three branches. I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch because they keep inline the relationship between President and vice President. They also keep America safe from a dictatorship with limiting Presidents to two four-year terms. I think the Presidents responsibilities should remain the same because he is the leader of this country and needs to fulfill the responsibilities he takes on. He has just enough power in my eyes. I think all Presidents should have the characteristic of honesty because this country deserves to be told the truth about all matters that effect them. Also, honesty earns trust, not just from the citizens of the US, but also of other countries.

9/1/2016
sidney mt
James
Faulhaber/Sidney
I agree with most things. I believe that presidents should be Unites States born citizens. I don't think the 14 years of living in the states should be a rule. I agree with the age of 35 rule as well. 35 is a age with much more experience. Any younger and not as much experience and its pretty much hit or miss with a good candidate under 35. In a lot of situations, the president seems like he doesn't have a lot of power. Money runs the world. not the president

8/31/2016
Sidney Montana
Madison
Mr. Lewis Sidney High School
If the founding fathers could change things now, I believe they would not have changed much. One thing I believe they would change, is relying on more citizen's votes to make a difference in our government instead of the executive branch. Today, Americans have the ability to be more informed on candidates and problems. Our founding fathers tried to create a stable, dependable government, but they can't predict what could come to the future. They created what they thought would work best. In my opinion, the amendments that were created within the executive branch have improved our government, making it run very smoothly. I do not thin any changes should be made towards the president's responsibilities, as long as he or she understands their position. The qualifications that I believe a person needs in order to be a great president, is diplomacy, being able to communicate with people, and the ability to lead people not dictate to them.

8/31/2016
Murrieta Ca
Brittany
Murrieta Canyon Academy
To be honest age is nothing but another number. The system we have now it could use some improvement.Our military is amazing . President obama really does a great job at taking care of situations and is also good at making us people feel safe

8/31/2016
Murrieta, CA
Maurice
Mr. Jabro
Since the first president himself said do not divide the country with two different parties, first I think they would agree on making the president an independent. I do agree with the branches since they balance each other out, it always comes down to the parties disagreeing. The most important qualifications for a president should be their accomplishments and what they know, and their knowledge of a job such as being the leader of a country.

8/31/2016
murrieta CA
ajah
murrieta canyon academy
i think that you should have to be 35 and experienced and 35 years old or older to run for president. the country you're trying to run for has to be where you were born. you need to know your country and study politics.to this day we still select out presidents by voting. we have a lot of politics speaking how they feel , the only thing different is the social media. it is very much used to find out information on our government. its not secretive anymore , the debating and the country have gotten much more serious. they need to be smart an educated. we need strong leaders.

8/17/2016
Murrieta California
alec buydos
Mr. Jabro
I agree that you must be over the age of 35 because i think basically a 35 year old is more experienced than a 25 year old (for example). I also agree that you must have to live in the United states for at least 14 years because If I was planning to become president of the United States I'd be using half of that time if not most, to study the political parties, republicans and democrats, the executive branch of the federal government, and figuring out what my choices would be AS president.

5/13/2016
Murrieta California
Marco
Mr Jabro
I think the system that we have right now is some what ok i agree that you must be a u.s citizen and lived here for at least 14 years and must be over 35 of age to become president. The president has a lot of power from being president to being the commander and chief of the military. Are system we have right now is great but if we do change the constitution we would also have to change things after that there is always a step after a step we've already changed it a little bit so we had to make minor changes to it

5/3/2016
Murrietta CA
David
Jaboro Creekside highschool
The constitution was pretty specific when establishing the duty of the president of the United States. He can veto laws and appoints supreme court justices, he also is the commander and chief of the millitary. In order to be applicable for presidency, you must be a natural born citizen of the U.S. and lived there for the previous 14 years. he or she must also be over the age of 35. Our founding father put together an almost flawless system that we have only had to make minor changes too, i think its important to also recognize that if we change the constitution, we must uphold the original structure, or purpose of the document

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