Why We Have to Look Back

This week, I released “Reining in the Imperial Presidency,” a 486-page report detailing the abuses and excesses of the Bush administration and recommending steps to address them. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. popularized the term “imperial presidency” in the 1970s to describe an executive who had assumed more power than the Constitution allows and circumvented the checks and balances fundamental to our three-branch system of government. Until recently, the Nixon administration seemed to represent a singular embodiment of the idea. Unfortunately, it is clear that the threat of the imperial presidency lives on and, indeed, reached new heights under George W. Bush. (John Conyers Jr., Washington Post)

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  1. ojcomputer said

    Anyone think Obama or Congress will seek to hold the Bush Administration accountable for the past 8 years?
    Not a chance. Bush seems to have done a good job handing them a steaming pile of crap to deal with to distract them from going after him.

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