Oh, how we fret! Rightfully, of course, for nothing is more frightening to the American Mind than the specter of overweening authority. During the second Bush Administration, the Left was beside itself with concern over executive overreach (from the Iraq invasion to the Patriot Act) and now, during the Obama Administration, the Right is beside itself with concerns about usurped power (from the federal minimum wage hike to Immigration amnesty). It is good to highlight the tendency of Presidents to overstep their constitutional bounds—but emphasizing it risks ignoring a far deeper and more insidious problem: the immense and pernicious power of Administrative Despotism. While we focus in animated concern upon the head of the snake, we forget the innumerable coils that already surround us.
http://constitutingamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/logo_web_white_280x62.png 0 0 Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie http://constitutingamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/logo_web_white_280x62.png Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie2015-04-23 01:00:582015-11-01 23:39:55From President Bush’s Iraq Invasion & Patriot Act to President Obama’s Immigration Amnesty & Minimum Wage Hike: The Roots of Executive Overreach in Lincoln & Roosevelt’s Administrations – Guest Essayist: Paul Schwennesen