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Law Prof: Obama's 'concentration of power' a danger to the constitutional system

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A noted liberal law professor, Jonathan Turley, says Barack Obama is a danger – to the U.S. Constitution. Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar, and law professor at Georgetown.

The topics Turley has written about range from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. He was appointed in 1998 to the prestigious Shapiro Chair for Public Interest at GW.

He served as the legal expert in the British Columbia Supreme Court's review of polygamy laws. He's also been a consultant on homeland security issues, and dealt with national security cases involving espionage.

His work regularly appears in the New York Times and USA Today.

The following comments from him came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week.

World Net Daily (WND) reported, Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, asked Turley:

“Professor Turley, the Constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power.

How does the president’s unilateral modification of act[s] of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?”

Turley replied to Goodlatte's question by saying:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. 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…” Turley continued with:

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.

The same hearing at which Turley spoke those comments, Michael Cannon, director of Health Policy Studies for the Cato Institute, said there is “one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restraints that the Constitution places of the government.”

Cannon went on to say, "Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it."

Canon also explained that nobody wants to contemplate overthrowing the government. However, if Americans come to believe the government is "no longer constrained" by our laws then the people will also come to the conclusion neither are they.

He said it's “very dangerous” for the president to “wantonly ignore the laws, to try to impose obligations upon people that the legislature did not approve.”

Mr. Obama has violated numerous Constitutional laws which include:

  • The kinetic military action in Libya.
  • Four Exec. appointments – Senate was NOT in recess (Court has ruled unconstitutional yet the appointees still remain).
  • Appointing agency czars without the “advice and consent of the Senate.” Violation of Article II, Section 2.
  • NDAA – Section 1021. Due process Rights negated. Violation of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.
  • Signed into law the establishment of NO Free Speech zones – noncompliance is a felony. Violation of 1st Amendment.
  • Healthcare waivers – No president has dispensing powers.

The above mentioned violations are but a handful of laws he's broken in his utter disdain for our Constitution. Obama can't unilaterally change legislation, he is acting like a dictator when he does.

We have the separation of powers to protect our rights. That’s what the founding father organized the government to do and that’s why the Constitution was put in place, to keep all branches of government in check.

Mr. Obama has ignored many laws that are in place and this has many fearful of what he will do next. The Constitution still matters and it's the law of our land and it would do well for Mr. Obama and all of our leaders to remember that.

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