February 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
TURLEY: That’s exactly right. In fact, President Obama has not only maintained the position of George W. Bush in the area of national securities and in civil liberties, he’s actually expanded on those positions. He is actually worse than George Bush in some areas.
CUSACK: Can you speak to which ones?
TURLEY: Well, a good example of it is that President Bush ordered the killing of an American citizen when he approved a drone strike on a car in Yemen that he knew contained an American citizen as a passenger. Many of us at the time said, “You just effectively ordered the death of an American citizen in order to kill someone else, and where exactly do you have that authority?” But they made an argument that because the citizen wasn’t the primary target, he was just collateral damage. And there are many that believe that that is a plausible argument.
CUSACK: By the way, we’re forgetting to kill even a foreign citizen is against the law. I hate to be so quaint…
TURLEY: Well, President Obama outdid President Bush. He ordered the killing of two US citizens as the primary targets and has then gone forward and put out a policy that allows him to kill any American citizen when he unilaterally determines them to be a terrorist threat. Where President Bush had a citizen killed as collateral damage, President Obama has actually a formal policy allowing him to kill any US citizen.
We’re at the point where the far left is starting to realize that Obama is simply shredding the Constitution. I don’t think I’ve EVER agreed with John Cusack before but he is 100% correct here.
CUSACK: Oscar Wilde said most journalists would fall under the category of those who couldn’t tell the difference between a bicycle accident and the end of civilization. But why is it that all the journalists that you see mostly on MSNBC or most of the progressives, or so-called progressives, who believe that under Bush and Cheney and Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez these were great and grave constitutional crises, the wars were an ongoing moral fiasco — but now, since we have a friendly face in the White House, someone with kind of pleasing aesthetics and some new policies we like, now all of a sudden these aren’t crimes, there’s no crisis. Because he’s our guy? Go, team, go?
I’m not sure that he means by “Pleasing aesthetics”. Bush was not aesthetically pleasing? I mean, he was no George Clooney but no ogre either. … Or is that Obama is black? I dunno. But not sure I care either. Where are all the anti-war protesters nowadays?
Overall this is an amazing piece that should be required reading for everyone on the Left. They should think about all the venom they spewed at Bush for years for acting exactly like Obama. I’m not saying Bush had it right… far from. But the hypocrisy on the left is unbearable.
June 18, 2012 § 1 Comment
“In many ways, President Obama has fulfilled the dream of an imperial presidency that Richard Nixon strived for. On everything from [DOMA] to the gaming laws, this is a president who is now functioning as a super legislator. He is effectively negating parts of the criminal code because he disagrees with them. That does go beyond the pale.”
– Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law scholar at George Washington University Law School
This Jonathan Turley guy is no right-wing nut-job either. This is a guy who wanted Obama to prosecute folks in GWB’s White House for the alleged use of torture.
We don’t have kings in this country. If a president is not willing to recognize the separation of powers enumerated in the constitution then they should not serve.