Magazine September 8, 2014, Issue

Political Constitutionalism

(Luba Myts)
The courts alone cannot ensure fidelity to our founding document

President Obama seems to be doing everything in his power, and quite a few things that are not legitimately within his power, to bring about a constitutional crisis. He has repeatedly suspended laws he dislikes or finds inconvenient, or rewritten them according to his preferences. The Supreme Court has on several occasions ruled that the Obama administration was exceeding its constitutional authority: most recently, in making appointments without getting the required consent of the Senate. On many of those occasions, including that one, the Court has ruled unanimously, with even Obama’s own appointees to the Court joining in the rebuke.

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

A Party for All

When Rand Paul first ran for the Senate in 2010, it was far from obvious that he’d become the GOP’s chief ambassador to African-American voters. Shortly after besting an establishment-backed ...

Features

Politics & Policy

The Gridlock Clause

Since 2010, when the Democrats lost their majority in the House and their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, President Obama’s ability to pursue legislative changes has ground to a halt. ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Salzburg Quartet

Salzburg, Austria — The Vienna Philharmonic is the king orchestra here: the resident orchestra, the nightly orchestra. But there are guests, including the Philharmonia Orchestra. This is a London group, ...
Politics & Policy

Weed-Whacking

Conservative book sales are dropping, according to some recent reports. But Jim Geraghty’s latest work may just usher in a resurgence — by providing a new model of fresh, fun, ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Baseball Legends An item in “The Week” (August 11) makes fun, with good reason, of Major League Baseball’s new “ambassador for inclusion” of “people of diversity.” The item states that “there’s ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Nixon and race riots in the news — the Left must be feeling nostalgic. ‐ President Obama won’t be boasting about, to use his terms, “restarting” the Iraq War, but ...
Athwart

License to Breed

You know you’re reading a British website when you see the word “foetus,” and you know you’re reading a leftist writer when the article is about banning the squirmy little ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

O’NEILL AND THE SEA I. The greatest metaphor of them all In the end stands only for the rise and fall Of itself. The tides, boats and sailors, Even the seagulls, symbolize the great substitution Of ...

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