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Monday, May 12, 2014

Grab for Dictatorial Power

The United States is "in the midst of a constitutional crisis." We are at "a constitutional tipping point." President Barack Obama has unilaterally overturned the constitutional framework of three branches that is the basis of our unique and successful system of self-government. That statement is not just partisan bickering by Republicans and Tea Party activists. It was spoken in all seriousness in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by a distinguished Constitution Law professor who voted for Barack Obama.

Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University said that the "massive gravitational shift of authority to the executive branch" is unconstitutional and threatens the stability of our separation of powers and checks and balances. We can point to a few moves in that direction under previous presidents, but the current shift of power is proceeding at "an alarming rate" while the other branches (Congress and the courts) are "mute and passive" in the face of Obama's unprecedented expansion of power. Our separation of powers was designed to serve as the primary protection of individual rights because it is supposed to prevent the concentration of power in any one branch. Professor Turley warned that Obama has become "the very danger that separation of powers was designed to avoid," and we should not "take from future generations a system that has safeguarded our freedoms for over 250 years."

Our Constitution gives the power to go to war exclusively to Congress, but Obama thinks he can make a "unilateral commitment of our country to war." Professor Turley explained that Obama "funded an entire military campaign [in Libya] by shifting billions in money and equipment without asking Congress for a dollar." He just transferred the money from another account, and boasted that "he alone would define what is a war."

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