Liberal law professor and political columnist Jonathan Turley testified this week at a House hearing on President Obama’s unlawful modification of Obamacare. He warned that Obama, with his usurpation of power, has “become the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”
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. (Read More)
Turley isn’t the only one sounding the alarm on Obama’s lawlessness, but his testimony is notable in that he’s a respected political commentator on the left.
As for Bush, Maggie’s Notebook points out a big difference between Bush and Obama.
Every department has usurped your power. In the case of Barack Obama, those department heads are ideologically joined at the brain with him and have been for decades. As much as fair-minded citizens want to include Bush in the same growth of bureaucratic power, it’s not quite the same. There was no ideological embrace at the State Department for GW. Bush didn’t clean house. Shame on him. We are paying for his lack of discretion today. He let the Left control his DOJ, and he gobbled up private American land for government control at a gallop. That’s just for starters, but there is no fair comparison of the Bush audacity to the Obama audacity.
Even worse, the Senate just nuked the filibuster, further limiting the checks on this president.