President Barack Obama's claim that he doesn't need congressional authorization for his current war in Iraq and Syria is troubling. However, Obama is not the first president to believe that he has the rather imperial authority for war by executive fiat.
Now that the House has folded up its circus tent and gone home for summer, it's clear that if President Obama wants immigration changes, he'll have to make them on his own. Fortunately, the President has wide authority to do so.
The present system of checks and balances is broken. Now is a good time to consider serious reform. Neither Democrats nor Republicans can be confident that they will win in 2016, and reap the short-term rewards of the next round of unilateralism.
There is a reason why the President of the United States is called the Commander-in-Chief and it is not because we want a monarch. It is simply because someone in our government needs to take charge and do something.
We are a nation at risk of flying apart and falling apart, just as we were in 1787, and the prevention of that requires a firm leader who is willing to call the shots no matter how unpopular those decisions might be and no matter who disagrees with him.
It would not seem, at first blush, to be particularly helpful to use drone attacks to incinerate people who preach against al Qaeda. But I'm sure I am overthinking things. Omelettes and eggs, after all. Best not to question it.
Anyone who thinks congressional Republicans will roll over on the debt ceiling or gun control or other pending hot-button issues hasn't been paying attention. But the president can use certain tools that come with his office to achieve some of his objectives.
It's not just legal action that is important here either: the regulations being written right now under Dodd-Frank will go a long ways toward either helping or hurting our chances of getting back on the path to a strong economy.
In the last decade a high-tech, privatized, covert version of war has become presidential property, fought at the White House's behest by robots, warrior corporations, and two presidentially controlled "private" forces.
As an executive, you're called upon to deliver important messages to your organization and the marketplace. People look to you to set the tone in public speaking. You want to come across as a strong leader, but natural. That's why you need to master the Teleprompter.
What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet the millennial anniversary of Magna Carta. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist -- not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes.