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Richard Nixon and the Notion of Presidential PowerActions which otherwise would be unconstitutional could become lawfulif undertaken for the purpose of preserving the Constitution and theNation The idea that certain actions are not illegal if used to preservethe best interests of a nation has drawn sharp criticism from the time ofLincoln through today Presidents of the United States do take a solemn oathin which they promise to preserve protect and defend theConstitution of the United States but the means which they have employedto accomplish these ends have greatly differed and have occasionally sparkedgreat controversy The unjustified means which Richard Nixon used to defendthis nation and its Constitution have drawn a great deal of attack not onlyon his methods but also on the greater notion of Presidential powerMany Presidents have faced many different tumultuous challenges and obstacleswhich have posed potential threats to American societal stability and securityYet very few have used such controversial means to overcome these threatsFor example after the birth of the nation Executives faced the threatsof political division and the ideas of the many dangerous paths prescribedfor the Union As the debate over slavery escalated the future of the statesand of the Union seemed uncertain Furthermore as the nation moved rapidlythrough the Industrial Revolution the future of the nations laborforce and of its general welfare seemed uncertain As time passed the nationwould encounter the greatest economic depression of all time and the challengeswould continue Our nation would still battle the divisive issues of racismand discrimination Yet none of the Presidents who governed during thesedaring times exploited the authority of their position in unwarranted mannersThe Nixon Administration would however exploit its authority and attemptto justify its actions based on the similar actions of AbrahamLincolnDuring the Civil War this nations greatest test of will and spiritPresident Lincoln felt it incumbent upon the President to assume certainauthority and responsibility not specifically granted to the Executive bythe Constitution His rationale stemmed from his
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