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Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 7:09 p.m. MST

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Mikhail
ALPINE, UT

This is a well-written and reasoned article. I didn't detect partisanship in the article. It appears to be quite factual - evening acknowledging that the number of executive orders is comparable to other sitting presidents. The system is no longer functioning as intended. Power is becoming more centralized. The press - whose freedom is insisted upon - no longer is objective in its reporting but has policies and objectives to pursue. The educational system looks the other way - worried more about the emotional "well being" of the student than teaching the lessons of civics, geography, history, language and mathematics. Where to start to make the change to these troubles? Let's try it at home...

Jack
Aurora, CO

As I recall, this isn't the only warning of this happening. A few years back, during another President's term, this was brought up. It seems that our Congress has a history of sitting back and allowing the President to do what they should be doing, and by lack of action, allowing that President more and more power. It's time for Congress to rein in the Executive and start behaving like the separation of powers actually means something.

cachedout
Centerville, UT

The blame is squarely on the shoulders of the Congress themselves. Founders never, in their wildest dreams, believed that a group of men and women could be so corrupt, inept and so willing to work against the interests of the country in a quest for personal gain. Congress has plenty of power but almost no will or ability to wield it for the good of the people.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The tea party cornered themselves with help of Senator Lee.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

The oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the US that the president swears to does not mean circumventing the elected congress. He is taking a page from Vladimir Putin and the late Hugo Chavez' play book.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Congress should move slowly and carefully, as it always has.

It is the people that have changed, after becoming accustomed to instant gratification, first through the sexual revolution, and later through high speed technology.

Debate and consideration of all the consequences of any government action is needed. When you hurry and pass something without even knowing what is in it, let alone considering all the long term effects, the program is apt to cause much harm.

Consider bloodletting; doing nothing is often better than doing the wrong thing.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

At the risk of pointing out what the "other guys" did, it must be much easier than I thought to forget terms like "signing statement", the constitutionality of which has never been established, or "unitary executive, which is GOP for "our guy can do anything he wants when he says it's connected to national security". In fact, it should be Dick Cheney's picture accompanying the article, not Obama, who tried in vain to get a half ounce of cooperation from the other side and still gets daily accusations for his trouble.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

4601
Salt Lake City, UT
The oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the US that the president swears to does not mean circumventing the elected congress. He is taking a page from Vladimir Putin and the late Hugo Chavez' play book.

10:22 p.m. Feb. 21, 2014

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I'm a Veteran.
I sworn to defend the U.S. Constitution.

That's what makes me a Liberal.

Vladimir Putin and the late Hugo Chavez -- sheez...pathetic.

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