The Political Branches
The first half of the 20th Century was witness to a major shift of political, especially policy making, leadership from Congress to the President. It was a change supported by most intellectuals, until the last half of the century, when Presidents were elected who differed sharply with the new verbal elite regarding major policy issues. Recent Presidents have met with more challenges to their leadership than is consistent with effective government.
In 1956, President Eisenhower became the first President in American history to win election by both the Electoral College and Clear majority of the popular vote yet to face, immediately, a Congress dominated by majorities of the other party. Democrats, controlling the House of Representatives almost continuously after 1930, had gradually created many advantages for their own reelections to office. In doing so, they were more aided than impeded by the political influence of the burgeoning mass media.
When most voters know little about politics, especially about their own Representative and his stands on the issues, except for images conveyed by the mass media, there is good reason to question the significance of popular elections. The national system of representation in America is seriously dysfunctional.
LINKS TO ARTICLES
1) Congress and Finance
2) Leadership Crisis?
3) Choosing a President
4) The Politician
5) The Real Issue
6) Point of View
7) Twelve Years
8) Poor Boy to President
9) Arrow’s Dilemma: No Majority, No Compromise
10) Congress is the Power that Ruins Presidents
11) Lessons From Watergate
12) Time for a Change?
13) The Brawling Congress
14) President Needs Budget Item Veto
15) Partisan in Congress
16) Deficits are Double Trouble
17) Modern Politics Sets Mood For Budget Battle
18) Bureaucracy: A Defense
19) Governments Growing Problem is, in Fact, Its Size.
20) Proposed Amendment-Disassembling the Representatives
21) The Original First Amendment, May be Just What We Need
22) Letters to National publications