- the President
The Founding Fathers strongly believed in republican ideals. A republic is a government where a country’s political power comes from the citizens, not the rulers, and is put into use by representatives elected by the citizens. That is why they made the president the commander in chief. They wanted a civilian selected by the people. They did not want a professional military leader. The president commands the armed forces, but Congress has the power to pay for the armed forces and declare war. In 1973, many members of Congress believed that the president was misusing or abusing his powers as commander in chief. They thought that the president was ignoring the legislative branch and not allowing the system of checks and balances to work. In response, Congress passed the War Powers Act. The War Powers Act gave Congress a stronger voice in decisions about the use of U.S. troops. President Richard Nixon vetoed this bill, but Congress overrode his veto. Because we have a system of checks and balances, one branch of government is able to check the other branches.
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¿Quién es el Comandante en Jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas?
- el Presidente
من هو القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة؟
군의 최고 사령관은 누구인가?
Sino ang Punong Kumander ng militar?
- ang Pangulo
Ai là Tổng Tư Lệnh quân đội?
- Tổng Thống
מיהו מפקד הצבא?
Кто является Верховным Главнокомандующим Вооруженных сил?
Kush eshte Shefi Komandant I ushtrise?
Ko je glavni komandant oružanih snaga?
فرماندۀ کل ارتش کیست؟
- رئیس جمهور
Qui est le Commendant en Chef de l’armée?
- Le Président
Leej twg yog tus thawj tswj ntawm cov tub rog?
- Tuam Thawj Tswj teb chaws