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Early in its history as a nation the United States government did not assert much power but as time went on the governments power outweighed the democratic ideals of the people The government did this by acquiring features generally attributed to a totalitarian dictatorship One such incident was the writing of and reading of the Monroe Doctrine The Monroe Doctrine which was nothing more than a statement issued by President Monroe to Congress in 1823 never actually became a law Bailey and Kennedy 255-256 It did however have lasting ramifications on the framework of the federal government the president was given a dictatorial power while the country obliviously observed The president could make a profound statement and it could become accepted law without ever being approved and passed by Congress This doctrine has even been used by presidents following Monroe such as Teddy Roosevelt when he wanted to protect Latin American countries Bailey and Kennedy 674 When President Monroe began playing with dictatorial powers it could have been possible for him to use Congress to pass legislation that would give the Chief Executive the ability to become a dictator such as Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines or Adolf Hitler of Germany As a matter of fact Congress did pass an act that gave the president more power The Alien Friends Act gave President John Adams the power to deport any alien that he considered to be a threat Gragg 3 With this power the president could have theoretically deported every person who was not a citizen of the United States This would have been a convenient way to keep the support of the nativists who supported President Adams and the Federalist Party Also with the foreigners out of the way the Republican Party would have lost the a major part of its support structure The synergy of the president and Congress could have brought about the downfall of democracy In an
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