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  •  I hope Wyden makes progress... (4+ / 0-)

    ... on this most unacceptable violation of constitutional powers by a president (past and present).

    As Bruce Fein and John Nichols pointed out, we don't elect monarchs and men who act like monarchs (or worse) can be impeached.  Bush should have been impeached..., and if Obama doesn't stop this continuation of abuse of presidential power by assuming powers not specified in the constitution, I'm not sure our republic can last for long.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:13:26 AM PST

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    •  The past, present and future Administrations... (4+ / 0-)
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      have, and apparently can, interpret the Constitution in ways that remove the traditional protections afforded citizens--without independent validation of Judicial Branch.  

      Whether it's a republican or a Democrat that interprets the Constitution to allow "extra-judicial" lethal force, that's troubling, IMHO.  

      I realize that it's complicated.  I realize that people like Al-Awlaki are dangerous, and pose a threat.  I realize that warfare has changed from conventional battle fields.  

      But, is the solution, the only effective way to stop "national security treats" the unilateral reinterpretation of the Constitution by the Executive branch the only, or the best, way to deal with this?

      In a supposedly tripartite democracy, isn't the role of the Executive Branch primarily to Execute the laws passed by the Legislative Branch--within the framework of the Constitution, as interpreted by the Judicial Branch?  Personally, I'm just a wee bit uncomfortable with one Branch making policy, interpreting it's Constitutionality and then executing the policies--but that's just me.  

      There is supposedly a "check and balance" system that prevents any one Branch from becoming too powerful.  But, as this professor noted in the this expansion in presidential power has created a constitutional imbalance between the executive and legislative branches...

      ...Specifically, I contend that the power of the Presidency has been expanding since the Founding, and that we need to consider the implications of this expansion within the constitutional structure of separation of powers, no matter which party controls the White House...
      •  I agree with you (0+ / 0-)
        Personally, I'm just a wee bit uncomfortable with one Branch making policy, interpreting it's Constitutionality and then executing the policies--but that's just me.
        I'm more than a "wee bit uncomfortable."  It set off alarm bells in my brain that won't stop.

        Just as giving corporations personhood status and "free speech" rights via their money set off more alarm bells.

        Our legislative branch has done nothing to stop them, and since they were first mentioned in the Constitution, they have the responsibility of balancing and checking the other two branches..., when they're not falling down on the job by passing unconstitutional legislation like AUMF, the Patriot Act, MCA '06 & 09, FISA fiasco '08, and allowing the unconstitutional 'office of faith-based initiatives' to be run out of the executive office..., as well as allowing torture to continue by any other name.

        There are MANY things that have made me exceedingly uncomfortable in the last 15 years (I also think Gramm-Leach-Bliley which repealed Glass-Steagall was wrong, and Clinton signed that crap into law which resulted in the '08 financial crash), all of which are unconstitutional and/or illegal in one form or another, or - at the bare minimum, unethical, immoral, unjustified, and/or dishonorable....

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:38:09 PM PST

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