Speaking to a Congressional panel, Jonathan Turley, a man described as the "foremost liberal Constitutional law professor" in the country, warned that President Obama is set to become a "government unto himself" unless Congress takes immediate action to rein him in, Fox News reported Thursday.
Turley, a professor at the George Washington University Law School, told members of Congress that their body has lost the most power under the Obama administration, which has determined to rule by fiat, bypassing Congress whenever it can. He went so far as to call the current administration an "uber presidency" that threatens to remake government by trampling Congress.
"When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, " Turley warned. "Which is precisely the danger the framers sought to avoid."
Turley wasn't finished, warning members of the dangers that lie ahead: "What we’re witnessing today is one of the greatest crises that members of this body will face.”
Obama -- who has repeatedly told American he would act on his own -- says he has issued fewer executive orders than George W. Bush. Turley, however, dismissed that argument as silly.
“Counting executive orders is a silly business,” he said. “It has no relevance at all. You could have a single executive order that guts the government or you could have a thousand that do nothing.”
Appearing on Fox News Wednesday night, Turley told Megyn Kelly Americans are seeing an “emerging dominant presidency.” Making matters worse, Democrats welcome and applaud what amounts to an imperial presidency that rules as it sees fit while picking and choosing what laws to uphold. Republicans, on the other hand, threaten to sue and files articles of impeachment, but end up doing nothing.
Some Democrats have even stated that Americans want Obama to act like a dictator. Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, for example, said in January that Americans are "hungry" for Obama to rule like an imperial president. Other Democrats, like Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., have repeatedly demanded Obama rule like a dictator on illegal immigration, granting amnesty with a stroke of his pen. The left-wing Daily Kos has also called for a "benevolent" Obama dictatorship.
Turley wasn't just picking on Obama, telling Congress that it doesn't matter if every other president has violated the Constitution. If the president is allowed to continue ruling on his own, he said, Congress will eventually become a "discretionary" body.
"This president did not start this trend," he told Kelly. "But when you look at the actions he's taken, they have gotten to a very dangerous point."
He concluded by telling Kelly that before America allows a one-man government, the country needs to have a serious debate. "In my view, the matter needs to get to the courts," he added.
Video of Turley's comments can be seen above.