Thoughts from Maharrey Head #28: The Constitutional Limits of Presidential Power

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In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head I talk about presidential executive orders and the constitutional limits of executive power.

Earlier this week, President Obama issued his promised executive orders relating to firearms. Many Democrats and gun control advocates praised the president for “taking action when Congress won’t.” Meanwhile, Republicans hammered Obama for exceeding presidential powers.

Of course, Obama was merely following precedent set by other presidents. Throughout American history, U.S. chief executives have wielded questionable authority from the Oval Office, essentially enacting new law with the stroke of a pen.

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk a little about Obama’s recent EO’s, and then take a more in-depth look at executive powers and the intended constitutional limits on presidential authority.

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SHOW NOTES AND LINKS

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Why Obama’s Executive Action on Guns is Unconstitutional

Constitution 101: Executive Powers

America Embraces Tyranny it Fought to Reject

Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787 Gordon S. Wood

“The natural province of the executive magistrate is to execute laws, as that of the legislature is to make laws. All his acts therefore, properly executive, must pre-suppose the existence of the laws to be executed.” – James Madison Helvidius #1

 

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