A constitutional law expert Wednesday issued a warning to Congress regarding the way the president wields his authority.
Jonathan Turley, a professor of public interest law at George Washington University, told the House Judiciary Committee that America has reached a “constitutional tipping point” and that President Barack Obama has exceeded his rightful authority in a system that is made of three separate but equal branches.
“I want to emphasize, of course, this problem didn’t begin with President Obama, I was critical of his predecessor President (George W.) Bush as well, but the rate at which executive power has been concentrated in our system is accelerating," Turley said. "And frankly, I am very alarmed by the implications of that aggregation of power."
Remarkably, Turley said he was a supporter of Obama’s policies, but not the way he is implementing them.
“The fact that I happen to think the president is right on many of these policies does not alter the fact that I believe the means he is doing [it] is wrong, and that this can be a dangerous change in our system,” he said. “And our system is changing in a very fundamental way. And it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition.”
- Jay Evensen: Obama must make religious... 56
- In our opinion: Supreme Court rules... 35
- In our opinion: Disney outbreak sends a... 29
- Letter: Prison nonsense 28
- Robert Bennett: Obama's State of the... 26
- Letter: Peanut butter ban? 21
- Letter: Idle elimination 19
- Ron Clegg: Primary seat belt law will... 19