Bush’s unchecked Executive power v. the Founding principles of the U.S.


Unclaimed Territory – by Glenn Greenwald: Bush’s unchecked Executive power v. the Founding principles of the U.S.

I recently found this blog by Glenn Greenwald. Glenn is the author of the New York Times Best-Selling book, How Would A Patriot Act?, a critique of the Bush administration’s use of executive power, released May, 2006.

For all you Federalists out there – and I know there are plenty, since I love the Federalist Papers with a passion myself – this article is perhaps the best critique of the Bush Administration’s aggregation of unchecked Executive Power that I have read.

Just as Nixon famously said, “If the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.”

Glenn writes, “The Administration is expressly claiming that the President does have the right to violate laws of Congress because his executive power is absolute and thus cannot be restricted by anything. And rather than applying this theory of unchecked executive power to a single case (as the Reagan Administration did in Iran-contra), the Bush Administration has arrogated unto itself this monarchical power as a general proposition, applicable to each and every issue which can be said to relate, however generally, to this undeclared “war” against terrorism.”


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