Friday, December 26, 2008

Dismantling the Imperial Presidency

By Aziz Huq -
Radical change is needed to re-establish legitimate bounds to executive power as defined in the Constitution. We must again place beyond the pale Nixon's famous aphorism that "when the president does it, that means it's not illegal."

President-elect Obama's first appointments to the Justice, State and Defense Departments mark no radical change. Rather, they return to a centrist consensus familiar from the Clinton years. But pragmatic incrementalism and studied bipartisanship will do little to undo the centerpiece of the Bush/Cheney era's legacy. At its heart, that regime was intent on forcing the Constitution into a new mold of executive dominance.

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