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Jonathan Turley, Constitutional Law Professor who voted for Obama, testifying before congress:

“It is an honor to speak with you, at what could be an historic moment. There’s a growing crisis in our system, a shifting of the balance of power, within the tri-partite system, in favor of a now dominant chief executive. While both congress and the courts have lost authority over the decades, it is this body, the congress, which has lost the most. We’re seeing the emergence of a different model of government, the model long ago rejected by the framers… the president’s pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming … when a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, it is precisely the danger the framers sought to avoid…”

“people misconstrue the separation of powers regularly, it is not there to protect the institutional rights of the branches, it is there to protect individual liberty, it was created by the framers to prevent any branch from aggregating enough power to be a danger to liberty. It is not about you, it is about the people that you represent.”

Ultimately what we’re debating here is something the framers were very much familiar with. Before we came together as a nation, we had history with our predecessors in England with King James who argued that he had a royal prerogative, as to how laws would be interpreted, how they would be executed. He insisted that he could use natural reason to change laws. That is precisely what our framers rejected”

“As much as I respect the President, the arguments he is making over presidential authority are extreme and they are devoid of the limiting principles that characterize our system.”

 

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