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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Alito's Radical (and Begrudging) Endorsement of Modest Limits on Executive Tyranny

"Presidential Power Has Limits, Alito Tells Senators", according to the top headline in the New York Times today.

Well, I'm so glad to hear that Alito deigns to agree with the whole reason this country was founded. I'm so glad to hear we probably won't turn back the clock to 1775. I feel so reassured by his begrudging acknowledgement of the fundamental principle of our system of government.

As AH reminds us, James Madison wrote in The Federalist that



The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

King George III of 18th Century Britain:




King George II of 21st Century USA:




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