Or so I thought. Please read Glen Greenwald's excellent column on this, in which he notes that the leading Republican candidates for president seem quite comfortable advocating a presidency with essentially limitless power. As Greenwald rightly asks:
What does it say about the current state of our political culture that one of the two political parties has all but adopted as a plank in its platform a view of presidential powers and the federal government that is -- literally -- the exact opposite of what this country is?In a late update, Greenwald gets some help from Andrew Sullivan, who provides this helpful quote from Winston Churchill, spoken during World War II:
The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him judgement by his peers for an indefinite period, is in the highest degree odious, and is the foundation of all totalitarian governments whether Nazi or Communist.