Obama’s “Become The Very Danger The Constitution Was Designed To Avoid”

by Real Clear Politics
December 5, 2013

REP. BOB GOODLATTE (R-VA): Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?

JONATHAN TURLEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.

This Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration. There is two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress. One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers under both President Bush and President Obama. We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority. And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction. (House hearing, December 3, 2013)

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Independence_R_US says:

    We’ve set back & allowed this to happen. It’s been a systematic chipping away ,by certain individuals, to circumvent the Constitution as well as civil rights. Without the purchase of the GOV, by these individuals, it would be impossible to impose control over the masses. The problem is this has been a long time coming. It started decades ago through our schools & messages sold to the public. You’re not safe, the top 1% are bad, that race is bad, etc. Those that stood up to this were demonized & called names. Now it’s here. Brought to a head by an egocentric individual with no qualms about telling & selling lies.

  • awegweiser says:

    And now may we also speak about the increasing concentration of power in the hands of corporations, who are people, thanks to 5 of the SCOTUS, and super wealthy individuals determined to mold our nation in their own mean, nasty and selfish image.

    1. Terry Tate says:


      1. awegweiser says:

        Then we live in a very different dimension.

  • D25USMC says:

    The democrats are to blame for allowing an illegal alien, rabid communist and a devout Muslim to exist in our country for as long as Obama has been in political office. They will be held accountable. From all that has been published the last few months Obama is on his way down. He will be either assassinated, impeached or imprisoned before the end of his term.

  • SafeOrSane says:

    So Mr. Obama promised to reign in the executive powers that his corporate predecessor extended. Turns out, he didn’t. Why don’t the liberals actually get angry about this (or about the fact that Obama isn’t _actually_ liberal, but just another corporate shill like GWB & Willy Clinton). I could go for an actual conservative OR an actual liberal over these status quo corporate idiots…

    1. Terry Tate says:

      Obama is not a corporate idiot, the man is a never held a real job idiot!

  • Jim P says:

    “Liberal” Republicans, Democrat & Independent = Progressive = Socialist = COMMUNIST……….The Frog can’t get out of the kettle and the water is getting hotter.

  • Dana Ross Fiola says:

    The America People can see the problems present in Washington DC. I am alarmed that our Congress has failed to see the threat and fails to take the appropriate action. I never thought I would see my country destroyed from within by an ignorant, pusillanimous personality as presently sits in the White House. I am ashamed of my nations Federal Government especially our congress who’s duty it is to prevent such a disaster.

    1. Ed Cunningham says:

      Our congress is complicit. Smoke and Mirrors.

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