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David Brooks: What America needs now is a stronger presidency with “unified authority”
Hot Air ^ | 1:54 pm on December 13, 2013 | by Allahpundit

Posted on 12/16/2013 10:35:14 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Besides Ross Douthat, is there anyone left on the New York Times op-ed page who doesn’t support benign dictatorship in the name of reducing congressional gridlock? Brooks evidently does. Tom Friedman, who’s been drooling on himself for years over China’s can-do model of government, certainly does. I don’t know if Timothy Egan’s ever squarely addressed the issue but a guy who thinks O’s big problem is that his speeches aren’t flowery enough must be open to persuasion.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: davidbrooks; memebuilding; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; obamacare; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills
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1 posted on 12/16/2013 10:35:14 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

David Brooks’ mind is severely creased.


2 posted on 12/16/2013 10:36:58 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Whoo boy. I wonder what would happen if we smashed this thread into one of the Ukraine threads? Would we get a quantum mechanical black hole?


3 posted on 12/16/2013 10:37:33 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“What America needs now is a stronger presidency with “unified authority””
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What real Americans NEED to realize now is that the 1789 constitution was a scam, and go back to our first constitution of 1777!!!!!

Semper Watching The Madness!
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4 posted on 12/16/2013 10:38:53 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ze fuhrer knows best.


5 posted on 12/16/2013 10:39:01 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 1: The Executive Power shall be vested in a president of the United States.

The executive authority is ALREADY centralized.

But this is not what Brooks means, of course. He would like to see legislative and judicial powers also vested in the president, because he obviously hasn’t read any history books. Dope!


6 posted on 12/16/2013 10:40:55 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What America needs now is to not listen to an ahole like David Brooks.


7 posted on 12/16/2013 10:41:27 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

surely you jest.


8 posted on 12/16/2013 10:41:56 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
David Brooks: What America needs now is a stronger presidency with “unified authority”

Sure do David, we could call him "Fuhrer"!

9 posted on 12/16/2013 10:42:56 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Why does this pants-obsessed nitwit still have job?

Oh, that's right, he's one of Pinch’s boys.

Being an idiot has never hindered anyone’s career at the NYT. In fact, it's practically a prerequisite.

10 posted on 12/16/2013 10:43:27 AM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: SpaceBar

Zis vould not be happening if ze Fueher knew about it!


11 posted on 12/16/2013 10:43:29 AM PST by glorgau
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What we need is a president, PERIOD!


12 posted on 12/16/2013 10:43:59 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all my fellow Americans. "Whatever" to everybody else!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Guys, watch VERY carefully what they’re doing. The media is re-congealing into a hive-mind mentality where they want to push universal power ideas on to the people as “for the common good.”

Liberals ALWAYS telegraph their punches. If this is being bandied in the media, it’s part of a coordinated blitz to soften the blow when it happens.

This is already in the works, mark my words today!


13 posted on 12/16/2013 10:44:19 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Why do some people want a shooting war? I sure as hell don't. Lead flying all around you is dangerous.

5.56mm

14 posted on 12/16/2013 10:46:06 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

David,

Move to China or Cuba for about 2 years, and tell us how you like your idea then.


15 posted on 12/16/2013 10:47:16 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

16 posted on 12/16/2013 10:47:53 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ein Volk. Ein Führer...

What could go wrong?


17 posted on 12/16/2013 10:48:23 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
It sure makes it easier for a head of state to get rid of an undesired girlfriend or uncle.
18 posted on 12/16/2013 10:50:02 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ah!

The dictator theory!


19 posted on 12/16/2013 10:50:31 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Paladin2

David Brooks is seriously out-of-touch. Just like the rest of the PBS dummies.


20 posted on 12/16/2013 10:54:07 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
So how do you energize the executive? It’s a good idea to be tolerant of executive branch power grabs ...

Um ... okay ...

21 posted on 12/16/2013 10:54:37 AM PST by x
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
We can call it the Enabling Act of 1933 2013.
22 posted on 12/16/2013 10:55:03 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Liberalism once again proves itself to be a surprisingly simple and fool-proof indicator of mental illness.


23 posted on 12/16/2013 10:55:18 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“This is a good moment to advocate greater executive branch power because we’ve just seen a monumental example of executive branch incompetence”

That is like saying because a person is sick and fighting cancer what he needs are more powerful cancer cells.

24 posted on 12/16/2013 10:55:22 AM PST by detective
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Again, a Demopublican.


25 posted on 12/16/2013 10:57:52 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
If there is one thing History has taught us, it is that power corrupts. This inherent human problem is only exacerbated when a group of know-it-all elitists are the ones deciding who gets what power. History did not begin with FDR and it will not end with Obama. The US was wisely started with a desire for a limited government condign to the perpetuation of a nation of free men. We could have thrown it away for a thousand different reasons in the last 200 years, but we didn't. There is no reason to do so now.
26 posted on 12/16/2013 11:05:01 AM PST by Old North State
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

he is supposedly their house conservative

which is he is not


27 posted on 12/16/2013 11:05:59 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: cotton1706

Maybe he thinks being President of the federal government is not enough, he wants him in charge of everything?


28 posted on 12/16/2013 11:07:14 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

See North Korea, China, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Venezula.


29 posted on 12/16/2013 11:07:47 AM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Führerprinzip


30 posted on 12/16/2013 11:13:31 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, at least the trains will run on time (to the Gulag).


31 posted on 12/16/2013 11:13:38 AM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

King George III wanted no more than that. Brooks wishes we had listed to the wise, old gentleman - and stopped those Tea Party Radicals in their tracks. :)


32 posted on 12/16/2013 11:13:41 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Paladin2

At least Hitler provided his adoring crowds with better music.


33 posted on 12/16/2013 11:14:24 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Why not, it works so well in Venezuela.


34 posted on 12/16/2013 11:16:26 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Paladin2

No David, what the country needs now is a stronger President who knows how to work within our system to get the govt off people’s backs so they can produce as they always do when given the chance!


35 posted on 12/16/2013 11:16:34 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What the nation needs is a much smaller government that understands it contributes nothing; is a parasite and/or leach that just steals money from its working citizens and businesses and gives it to freeloaders, with politicians being the biggest group of freeloaders.


36 posted on 12/16/2013 11:17:38 AM PST by mulligan
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To: SkyDancer

He is the poster boy for the Uniparty Janey.


37 posted on 12/16/2013 11:27:09 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: cotton1706

Either that, his model is that of a third world dictatorship. You give away your freedom with that much power residing unchecked in the executive branch, a magnet for dictators.


38 posted on 12/16/2013 11:30:28 AM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: KC_Lion

Every time I see him he’s drooling all over himself trying to agree with turkey neck.


39 posted on 12/16/2013 11:38:46 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

We need retroactive birth control for david and his ilk.


40 posted on 12/16/2013 11:42:54 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Old North State
This inherent human problem is only exacerbated when a group of know-it-all elitists are the ones deciding who gets what power. History did not begin with FDR and it will not end with Obama.

Curiously, the know-it-all elitists only seem to favor a strong leader when the strong leader is one of them.

41 posted on 12/16/2013 11:50:05 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
David Brooks: What America needs now is a stronger presidency with “unified authority”

Indeed!



42 posted on 12/16/2013 11:56:13 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Funny how David Brooks did not write this during George W. Bush’s Presidency. In other words, he favors a dictator, but only a dictator that suits him. I wonder if he knows that the dictator of his dreams is the one who would put him against the wall.


43 posted on 12/16/2013 11:57:00 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Ein Volk

Ich nein ein!

E PLURIBUS UNUM!


44 posted on 12/16/2013 11:58:20 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Maybe in their corner of the USA, but not in mine.


45 posted on 12/16/2013 12:02:22 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m sure Brooks thought the same thing when Bush was president.


46 posted on 12/16/2013 12:18:25 PM PST by Personal Responsibility (Government: Slimy used car salesmen writing laws forcing you to buy their cars)
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To: mulligan

“What the nation needs is a much smaller government that understands it contributes nothing; is a parasite and/or leach that just steals money from its working citizens and businesses and gives it to freeloaders, with politicians being the biggest group of freeloaders.”

POST OF THE WEEK


47 posted on 12/16/2013 12:25:14 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: F15Eagle

I sure hope that he doesn’t own any guns.


48 posted on 12/16/2013 12:25:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: rarestia

We live in interesting times. God help us.


49 posted on 12/16/2013 12:34:41 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Let David Brooks repeat his theory when Cruz or Palin is president.


50 posted on 12/16/2013 12:34:52 PM PST by upsdriver
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