Friday, November 21, 2014

Jonathan Turley on Obama's abuse of executive orders

Even liberal Democrats see President Obama as a threat to the foundation of our country as he goes beyond the laws of the Constitution to legislate his own agenda.

George Washington University constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, a self-acknowledged liberal Obama supporter, has issued severe criticism of Obama's "über presidency" and his abuse of executive orders to bypass Congress. Turley notes: "What's emerging is an imperial presidency, an über presidency. ... When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger that the Framers sought to avoid in the establishment of our tripartite system of government. ... Obama has repeatedly violated this [separation of powers] doctrine in the circumvention of Congress in areas ranging from health care to immigration law to environmental law. ... What we are witnessing today is one of the greatest challenges to our constitutional system in the history of this country. We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis with sweeping implications for our system of government. ... I hope he does not get away with it."

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