Famous Liberal Law Professor Warns of Obama Dictatorship; Urges Congress to Act
Respected liberal George Washington University Law School Professor, Jonathan Turley, speaking regarding the House GOP’s lawsuit against Obama for unconstitutionally using executive orders, issued a chilling statement on Wednesday, saying that “this could be a historic moment.”
Professor Turley said that the current Congress is losing its powers “to a kind of uber [supreme] presidency.”
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“Our system is changing, and this body [Congress] is the one branch that must act, if we are to reverse those changes,” Turley urged.
Turley said that there is a new model of government emerging, one in which our Founding Fathers thoroughly rejected, and pointed out that when Obama announced his unconstitutional dictatorial powers, Democrats in Congress cheered him on.
“A dominant presidency has occurred with very little opposition. Indeed, when President Obama pledged to circumvent Congress, he received rapturous applause from the very body that he was proposing to make practically irrelevent.”
Referring to Congress bending over to give Obama its constitutional legislative powers, Turley said the Congress is moving from “self-loathing to self-destruction in a system that is in crisis.”
“The president’s pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming,” Turley told Congress. “And what is most alarming is his ability to fulfill that pledge.”
“When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger the Framers sought to avoid,” Turley warned.
Turley, who in earlier interviews has admitted that he agrees with Obama on many of his policies, said that the problem of the executive branch usurping power it hasn’t been given, didn’t start with Obama, or even George W. Bush, who he was also critical of during the Bush years. However, he asserted that it has now reached “tipping point,” while urging Congress to “aggressively seek to regain the ground” that it has lost.
Quoting Dorothy Boyd from the movie “Jerry McGuire,” Turley said, “You had me at hello,” when Congress asked him if the House GOP lawsuit against Obama was a good idea. “I do,” said Turley. “I do think it is a good idea,” he affirmed.
Turley proclaimed that the Constitution’s “Separation of Powers,” established by the Framer’s, wasn’t there to protect each of the three branches, but was there to “protect individual liberty,” so that any one branch wouldn’t get so powerful as to attack individual liberty.
Turley went on to compare Obama’s reasons for changing laws on his own, without congressional approval [see: Obamacare], as almost identical to those reasons given by King James I.
Turley admitted that he voted for Obama in 2008. He didn’t say whether or not he voted for him in 2012.
“There’s no license in the Madisonian system to ‘go it alone,’” Turley said. James Madison is considered the main author of the U.S. Constitution.
Turley said that Obama was attempting to be a “majority of one,” by “ordering changes on his own terms,” a dangerous proposition.
Turley then chastised Democrats (while not saying the word “Democrat”) who remain “silent” in the face of Obama’s unconstitutional dictates, saying that their silence could very easily backfire under a future presidency.
“This is not going to be our last president,” Turley warned, while saying that the next president of a different political ideology could change environmental or labor laws at his or her whim, if Obama is not stopped.
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