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Millennials Are Losing Faith In the Presidency. Good.

Millennials Are Losing Faith In the Presidency. Good.

The most damaging myth in American politics is that the presidency can fix our problems. It’s a myth backed by a media machine that finds it convenient to frame American politics as a grand drama in which the president is the lead actor. It’s a myth fed by every episode of the West Wing in which President Jed Bartlet solves the country’s problems with a heroic speech. It’s a myth cemented by every presidential candidate who knows that you win campaigns with inspiration, not realism. And it’s a myth voters desperately want to believe….

But the American president doesn’t wield that kind of power. Terrified of a monarchy, the Founding Fathers created a weak executive and a strong Congress. It’s Congress that comes first in the Constitution. It’s Congress that can write and pass laws. It’s Congress that can overturn a presidential veto. The president, by contrast, doesn’t even have the power to force Congress to consider legislation he favors — much less pass it over congressional objection.

Ezra Klein, Vox Editor-in-Chief

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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