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‘The Imperial Presidency’ [constitutional law experts testify before House Judiciary Committee]
freebeacon.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 02/26/2014 4:06:59 PM PST by grundle

Constitutional law experts... warning... of an “imperial presidency.”

The hearing, “Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws,” focused on the multiple areas President Barack Obama has bypassed Congress, ranging from healthcare and immigration to marriage and welfare rules.

Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, testified that the expansion of executive power is happening so fast that America is at a “constitutional tipping point.”

“My view [is] that the president, has in fact, exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a three branch system,” he said. “I want to emphasize, of course, this problem didn’t begin with President Obama, I was critical of his predecessor President Bush as well, but the rate at which executive power has been concentrated in our system is accelerating. And frankly, I am very alarmed by the implications of that aggregation of power.”

“What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority,” Turley said.

While Turley agrees with many of Obama’s policy positions, he steadfastly opposes the method he goes about enforcing them.

“The fact that I happen to think the president is right on many of these policies does not alter the fact that I believe the means he is doing [it] is wrong, and that this can be a dangerous change in our system,” he said. “And our system is changing in a very fundamental way. And it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition.”

Elizabeth Price Foley, a law professor at Florida International University College of Law, agreed, warning that Congress is in danger of becoming “superfluous.”

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: imperial; imperialpresidency; jonathanturley; turley

1 posted on 02/26/2014 4:06:59 PM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

bttt


2 posted on 02/26/2014 4:08:08 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: grundle

Even lefties are becoming afraid of Adolf Jr.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 4:09:11 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Indeed.


4 posted on 02/26/2014 4:09:46 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: grundle
“What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority,” Turley said.

Only the Reichstag fire is missing from this scenario. Then Armageddon!

5 posted on 02/26/2014 4:13:33 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: grundle

This:

““What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority,” Turley said.”


6 posted on 02/26/2014 4:14:03 PM PST by dforest
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To: Don Corleone

I think we were both struck by the same thing! LOL


7 posted on 02/26/2014 4:14:54 PM PST by dforest
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To: grundle

It will be time to scale it back when a conservative gets elected and wants to use it to scale back government


8 posted on 02/26/2014 4:17:31 PM PST by BRL
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To: grundle; All
Beware of dog-and-pony shows by corrupt Congress concerning the Constitution. Congress is just as guilty as Obama with respect to wrongly ignoring the federal government's constitutionally limited powers.

In fact, here's a Supreme Court “license” for voters to simply apply their reading skills to interpret the Constitution.

"3. The Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary as distinguished from technical meaning; where the intention is clear, there is no room for construction and no excuse for interpolation or addition." --United States v. Sprague, 1931.

9 posted on 02/26/2014 4:17:36 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: grundle

STOP HIM NOW!!!!!


10 posted on 02/26/2014 4:22:49 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: dforest

They’re
Up against the media which dictates public opinion as well as their own temptations toward comfort, sloth.and wealth (bribery), and they don’t know their jobs. They are unacquainted with the constitution they are sworn to defend. They’d rather go on night talk shows, imus and the Sunday shows, schmooze and then spend their efforts attacking anyone of their own (Cruz) who dare do their jobs

They are enablers


11 posted on 02/26/2014 4:27:11 PM PST by stanne
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To: dforest
<>”What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority,” Turley said. <>

The Framers knew exactly what would happen if the states left the senate. The wonder is that it has taken so long for an Obama to appear.

12 posted on 02/26/2014 4:28:12 PM PST by Jacquerie ( Obama has established executive branch precedents that no election can reverse. Article V.)
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To: Don Corleone
“What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority,” Turley said.

Blackmail works well with SCOTUS and the congress has no backbone.

Not only won't they stand up against King Obama to protect their own Constitutional powers.

They stand idly by while he demonizes and threatens innocent citizens who do not support him.

Then they quietly watch as he misuses the oppressive power of our own government to discriminate against us and punish us for ebing patriotic and believing in the law and the constitution..


13 posted on 02/26/2014 4:29:18 PM PST by Iron Munro (Eight died on that bridge at Concord, back in 1775. How many will it take this time?)
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To: Amendment10
The authors of the Constitution did not realize the voters would be so dense that for over 180 years they would not realize that the Constitution guaranteed a mother the right to kill her child, and even longer to realize that the Constitution places same-sex unions on the same level as traditional opposite-sex marriages.

James Madison lived for more than 40 years after the Constitution was ratified. You'd think that sometime during those years he would have taken the trouble to point out to people how obtuse they were in their reading of the Constitution.

14 posted on 02/26/2014 4:38:51 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: grundle

“And our system is changing in a very fundamental way. And it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition.”

Mr Turley said a mouthful with this statement.

It is exactly why I have been railing against the members of Congress and their DERELICTION OF DUTY. They have done NOTHING AT ALL to honor the Oath of Office that requires them to “PRESERVE and PROTECT the Constitution of the United States.

As a result, I do not see where a vast majority of Congress deserves anything short of being run out of office and forever held in complete disdain and contempt.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 4:48:17 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

The Founding Father were already shooting at this point.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 4:58:25 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Howie66

Good point.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 5:05:26 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: grundle

bookmark


18 posted on 02/26/2014 5:06:11 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: dforest
I think we were both struck by the same thing! LOL

You and at least 50,000,000 other American citizen's.

19 posted on 02/26/2014 5:09:27 PM PST by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: Howie66

I think it is time for possible Republican presidential candidates to list out their executive orders and lists of laws they will disregard. I would start with BATF stamping approve on all requests sent in and no more audits. Leaving the office will no longer be required. Then, recommend that ICE and IRS pair up and audit every single illegal that is caught.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 5:47:45 PM PST by Hipshot 6 (Hipshot 6)
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To: Travis McGee

Hitler and Obama were both elected to absolute power by their adoring voters.

Hitler dissolved Parliament, whereas Obama has been promised by the Do Nothing RINOS that dissolving Congress will not be necessary, unless the TEA Party wins this November.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 5:54:55 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: grundle
And it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition.”...well then let's hear it, Professor Turley - are you in favor of impeachment and removal of this president?????.....
22 posted on 02/26/2014 9:58:45 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Don Corleone

“Only the Reichstag fire is missing from this scenario.”

Absolutely spooky how history repeats itself.

IMHO


23 posted on 02/27/2014 4:53:07 AM PST by ripley
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To: grundle

The BLAME lays squarely on the House LEADERSHIP, or lack thereof.


24 posted on 02/27/2014 7:59:35 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Howie66

agreed!


25 posted on 02/27/2014 12:43:59 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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