Concentration Of Presidential Power Becoming Severe Danger To The Constitution

Last updated on December 18th, 2017


Professor Jonathan Turley, a nationally recognized legal scholar and a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional issues, said yesterday (DEC-4) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing,

“The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.”


This Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration.

Two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress…

One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers under both President Bush and President Obama. We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority.

And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction.

Congressional Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) also said yesterday while speaking with Professor Turley, “The constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power.” reported today,

Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) fears that the Obama administration’s refusal to enforce immigration laws could lead to Obama himself failing to enforce election laws, a concern voiced amidst calls by some for Obama to run for a third term in office.

During the House Judiciary Committee hearing, Gowdy asked,
“If the president can fail to enforce immigration laws, can the president likewise fail to enforce election laws?”

Watson goes on to report, Concern about the Obama administration’s failure to enforce election laws arrives in the aftermath of a Washington Post editorial by Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor of history and education at New York University, which caused controversy by advocating that Obama run for a third term…

Zimmerman asked,
“If Obama could run again, would he be facing such fervent objections…?”

“Probably not. Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected.”

Turley added that the country was currently embroiled in “the most serious constitutional crisis in my lifetime” and that Congress was becoming increasingly irrelevant.


Modern Survival Blog reported, just two days earlier that Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute said to a congressional hearing committee, “…if the actions of governed officials leads citizens to conclude that those officials are no longer meaningfully bound by the law… then the citizens will rightly conclude that neither are they…”

The context of Cannon’s comment was with regard to the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written. He went on to testify that the consequences of the president’s behavior were potentially grave.


The public at large is catching on to the consolidation of power into the executive branch.

Michael Snyder of recently reported,
“I Fear For What’s Coming,”
68% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

He asked,
“Are you deeply concerned about the future of America?”

“Is something in your gut telling you that our system is fundamentally broken and that the mainstream media is not telling you the truth about what is happening?”

If so, you are definitely not alone. Right now, there are millions upon millions of Americans that are absolutely horrified as they watch this nation deteriorate.

According to an analysis of recent polling data conducted by Real Clear Politics, approximately 68 percent of all Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track and only 23.5 percent of all Americans believe that the country is on the right track.


There are dangerous times ahead. We are facing an economic collapse of biblical proportions, and most people know it in their gut.

Is the stage being set for some kind of crisis (engineered or otherwise) that would be exploited to justify a third term for Obama?

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