Topic: Executive privilege
Monday,June 9, 1788. Mandeville, LA - Perhaps instead of trading barbs in the fashion of "well Bush did it" followed by "yeah but Obama has doubled down on it...and Karl Rove s--ks anyways!" it would be more productive to ask WHY we have an Executive to start with and all his attendant agencies which bequeath these tyrannical powers? During the debates over ratification in the VA Convention, Patrick Henry looked into that most prescient of crystal balls that must have been ….Continue
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[The powerful Executive branch]...converts representation into vassalage to the leaders of parties, disciplined, not by the comparatively honourable infliction of the lash, but by the base and wicked sophism, that it is honourable to stick to a party, and treacherous to adhere to conscience. The disciples of this infamous doctrine are forged into tools for ambition and tyranny by praises and rewards, whilst honesty is discouraged by base epithets, as a foil to the varnish with which the decoys are painted, designed to deceive and enslave the multitude
John Taylor of Caroline from his 1814 book "An Inquiry Into the Principles & Policy of the Government of the United States"