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Putin is More Powerful Than the President of the United States

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Started: 2/9/2019 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Banana438

Pro

While America may be more powerful than Russia, The Russian president has almost total control over Russia while the American president does not. Putin is, Therefore, More powerful.
Faithful_Lancelot

Con

In order for side pro to win this debate, They must prove their own claim - that "Putin is More Powerful Than the President of the United States. " On side con, I present the counter-argument that Vladimir Putin is NOT more powerful than the U. S. President.

Since the precision is not laid out by side pro, I'll assume that we're talking about U. S. Presidents in general, Not the current one (Donald Trump).

First of all, Let us discuss the power held by each leader within their respective countries.

In Russia, There is a separation of powers quite similar to that in the United States. Vladimir Putin's party, United Russia, Holds a supermajority in both legislative chambers. The current U. S. President doesn't, But since we're talking about a generic POTUS, There's nothing preventing them from having similar power over the legislative process. It's not at all unimaginable for one of the major parties in the U. S. To win a majority in the House and in the Senate - giving the President plenty of power to pass whatever legislation they want without opposition. Exhibit A: the first half of Donald Trump's term, Or the Democrats' filibuster-proof Senate majority during the first half of Jimmy Carter's term.

Both the POTUS and Putin get to appoint judges - power over the judiciary branch of government. But the court system in Russia is incredibly convoluted. There's the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, Judges are appointed for a 12-year term only, And there's a whopping 115 justices on the Supreme Court. The U. S. Supreme Court is far more powerful, And Presidents appoint 9 justices for life. That means that once a justice is appointed, There could be a decade-long period before a vacancy, Which means that the U. S. President gets to cement power over the judiciary for entire generations. Exhibit B: Brett Kavanaugh.

And then there's the fact that soft power also counts. The U. S. President becomes a cultural phenomenon. POTUS gets to reach Americans whenever, With news networks and talk shows and whatnot. American news networks have an immense reach across the world, Meaning that POTUS gets to reach a global audience. Russian news networks don't have that power, And their influence is generally limited within Russian borders; Russia doesn't have a Fox News for Donald Trump or a CNN/MSNBC for Barack Obama. Russian state media does NOT have a worldwide reach, And internet penetration on a whole is far lower in Russia, Meaning that Putin doesn't get to dominate the news cycle and simply has far less soft power.

Seriously. Obama has fans across the world at his command - the second most admired man in the world, According to recent polling, Right after Bill Gates. Putin sits behind Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Which goes a long way to show that Russian Presidents simply don't have the international social and cultural influence of an American President.

Economic power is also significant here. The U. S. Leads the way with several prominent trade agreements, And is the most prosperous nation in the world. Russia falls far behind, With an economy largely dependent on the exportation of natural resources to the EU. If the U. S. President wanted to cripple the Russian economy with severe sanctions, They could do that with the stroke of a pen. Vladimir Putin has virtually no economic/trade influence, And needs to walk a tight rope on international relations so as to avoid further crippling U. S. Sanctions.

Lastly. The U. S. Leads NATO - Russia has no similar military alliance in place. The U. S. Spends more than the next eight nations combined on defense - Russia comes behind China. The U. S. Army has several aircraft carriers, Nuclear-powered; Russia has one antiquated carrier from the Soviet era. The U. S. Is far superior in military hard power, Whereas Russia is fading behind China in this regard. It's quite obvious here that the U. S. Commander-in-Chief far exceeds Putin in amount of hard power.

So, No, Putin is not more powerful than a generic U. S. President. Their legislative & executive powers are comparable at best, And the U. S. President commands far more military, Economic, And sociocultural power.

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Debate Round No. 1
Banana438

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Faithful_Lancelot 3 years ago
Faithful_Lancelot
I would assume here that "overall power on a planetary scale" includes the leaders' own countries, Given OP's original description?
Posted by Banana438 3 years ago
Banana438
Overall power on a planetary scale
Posted by Mr_Popper 3 years ago
Mr_Popper
By power, Do you mean control within' their own countries or power overall on a planetary scale?
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