President Donald Trump

The powers of the president have grown exponentially since the nation’s founding, far more than our Founders would have predicted.  Some of this growth in power is due to major crises—war, depression, etc. Others arise because Congress has delegated substantial “legislative” power to the president through rule-making and other means.

President Donald Trump promises to fully use the powers of his office, but he also promises (as have many before him) to return some powers to the states. What can the president do with his current powers?  And what powers might Congress give him to further the administration’s agenda?

Constitutional scholar Jed Kee will discuss these issues in the third part of his five-part lecture series, “The Constitution and the Federalist,” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 1) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.

The remaining talks in the series will include: The Supreme Court (March date to be determined}, and Emerging Issues and Conclusion (April date to be determined).

Jed Kee

Kee holds degrees in law and public administration from New York University and worked in all three levels of government before joining George Washington University in 1985, where he was a professor and dean before his retirement.

Those interested in preparing in advance for the discussions should buy or download a copy of The Federalist. Kee recommends the Gideon Edition, edited by Carey and McClellan and published by the Liberty Fund, for its interesting introduction.

Written by Jed Kee and Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteers

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

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