As part of my application for the C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship, I was required to video tape one of my classroom lessons that involved C-SPAN video material. The lesson plan and materials below are from the lesson that I used in my application.
The American colonists rebelled against a king who wielded executive power capriciously, and they created a presidency that was far weaker and balanced by other elements of the government. Yet over the past 200 years, American presidents have constantly expanded the power of the chief executive. This has been particularly noticeable in 21st century, as the war on terror has justified a range of unprecedented presidential power.
Have American presidents gone too far in fighting the war on terror or are their actions within their constitutional powers as commander in chief?