Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Dick Cheney and W: unitary executive. Remember that one, Lisa??

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Imperial Presidency is a term used to describe the modern presidency of the United States. It became popular in the 1960s and served as the title of a 1973 volume by historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who wrote The Imperial Presidency out of two concerns; first that the US Presidency was out of control and second that the Presidency had exceeded the constitutional limits.
    The presidencies of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were particularly described as surrounded by “courts”, where junior staffers acted on occasions in contravention of executive orders or Acts of Congress. The activities of some Nixon staffers during the Watergate affair are often held up as an example. Under Reagan (1981–1989) the role of Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, USMC, in the facilitation of funding to the Contras in Nicaragua, in explicit contravention of a United States Congressional ban, has been highlighted as an example of a “junior courtier’s” ability to act, based on his position as a member of a large White House staff. Howard Baker, who served as Reagan’s last Chief of Staff, was critical of the growth, complexity and apparent unanswerability of the presidential “court”.


  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 10 months ago


    It was in 2002 that ’Justice Department legal expert John Yoo told a Senate committee that Bush could take military action without asking Congress under the theory of "the unitary executive, " ’

    But, as many commentators here have pointed out, Bush, jr had every right to do so. Since Obama was born in the Hawaiian islands, which are located in Lake Victoria and are part of Kenya, he has no such right.

  4. Gresch

    Gresch said, 10 months ago

    Dog whistle … wood pile!!!

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 10 months ago
    Geo. Washington was the first to invoke Executive privilege in asserting that information surrounding a Treaty John Jay made with England could not be demanded by the HoR since only the Senate can Ratify or vote against treaties.
    As the link above shows, Mr. Obama is not alone in his use of the E.P.. While the link is dated, Mr. Obama still has yet to break the record of his predecessor, though I think he will.
    If he does, it will be because this HoR, and this Congress in general, is the most intractable and gridlocked since the Civil War.
    I regret any use of E.P. It not only attacks the spirit of our political system, but it also sets a precedent for others to use later. As low as the POTUS’s approval numbers are, they are still nearly four times higher than those in Congress who are the true problem. They are police directing traffic and making everybody stop. And in doing so, they claim to be serving the American people. This is a bipartisan fallacy.
    They lack honor, and amazingly, they lack shame.

  6. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 10 months ago

    Oh, that pesky Obama, running the Executive Branch up to capacity instead of being run by the other two. But, wait, isn’t that the way a tri-part democracy is designed? Each of the three Branches excels in its own responsibilities?
    Rush doesn’t think so? Fox doesn’t either? Oh, my. Better fold your Constitutional cards Mr. Obama. Don’t want THOSE people calling you names. Oh, my.

  7. greyolddave

    greyolddave said, 10 months ago

    When a tree branch dies you cut it off to save the rest of the tree. Then you go and plant some new trees.

  8. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago

    I just hope that the next President puts most of those, particularly the quasi- and illegal ones, executive orders in the paper shredder.

  9. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago


    TTM, it is more like Congress won’t just do what Obama wants. Given his own inability to work with others he resorts to executive fiat as he has no other way in his limited set of managerial skills and non-existant leadership skills to use.
    This was most recently demonstrated with his call for more gun control. He put Biden on as point man and did nothing himself. Biden being incompetent couldn’t get anywhere in Congress with either party and the whole effort, such as it was, collapsed.
    Obama then gave a hissy fit of a speech angrily denouncing Congress for failing to do his bidding.
    That has been about how each initiative Obama has pushed out has gone. It is not so much obstructionist as it is simple incompetence on Obama’s part.
    Interestingly, I see the same pattern in Obama’s performance at the University of Chicago. He started off with stellar reviews… “The Rock Star lecturer” if you will. When he left few students took his classes and those that did had uniformly low opinions of his material and style.

  10. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, 10 months ago

    Oh lisa lisa lisa, the previous posters told you all you need to know about this. darth cheney and its puppet shrub were the unitary executive.

  11. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Yet another tall tail!

  12. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, 10 months ago

    @Michael wme

    this is not about where he was born. It is about his inclination to usurp the authority of Congress.

  13. mikefive

    mikefive said, 10 months ago

    @Clark Kent

    “…darth cheney and its puppet shrub were the unitary executive.”

    Not really so, Clark. Bush II signed 290 executive orders, about 3 per month. So far, Barack Obama has signed 166 executive orders, about 2.7 per month. Of the last 10 Presidents, Carter was the champion, signing almost 7 per month,.320 in 4 years.

  14. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, 10 months ago


    Another false argument. Tell me, how exactly does one wrong excuse a plethora of others? The Obamanation has broken far more laws and trampled the constitution more than even Nixon ever did, and yet Nixon was impeached and the Obamanation enjoys the protection of the mainstream media and his liberal vermin cronies. He is long overdue for impeachment on grounds of incompetency if nothing else.

  15. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Ax of Sal Alanskey, The Community Organizers only Rules of engagement.

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