Ken Blackwell

The Far Left tried to dismiss our book by saying that an “imperial presidency” sounded conspiratorial, or perhaps we were challenging the president’s character or patriotism. We remained respectful and focused on facts and policy, not personality and politics. Yet we took seriously Obama’s pledge to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Since the Constitution denies him such sweeping power, we concluded the only way he could do the various things he was promising would be by subverting the Constitution. And he has.

An imperial president is one who claims and asserts powers that the Constitution does not confer upon him. Although we take it for granted today, the most revolutionary aspect of our Constitution is that it’s a written document. It was the first written Constitution in the history of the world. And the reason it’s written down is so that it would be crystal clear to all what the powers of each branch of government are.

A written Constitution is only one of five promises the Constitution makes to the American people to preserve their liberty. The Constitution also splits governmental power between the federal government and the states. It splits the federal power into the three branches (legislative, executive, and judicial). It sets each branch against the other two through checks and balances. And it retains ultimate sovereignty in We the People, by giving us regular elections and empowering us to amend the Constitution when necessary.

This president has engaged in a series of unprecedented power grabs during his term of office. The past week’s amnesty plan is just the latest in a long train of imperial abuses. And he’s done all this knowing he still has to stand for reelection.

Can you even imagine how far he will go if he wins reelection and knows he will never again be held to account?


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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