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Executive Power Quotes by Dick Durbin, Alexander Hamilton, William J. Brennan, James Pearse Connelly, Ted Cruz, Jim Gilmore and many others.

There is also the issue of personal privacy when it comes the executive power. Throughout our nation’s history, whether it was habeas corpus during the Civil War, Alien and Sedition Acts in World War I, or Japanese internment camps in World War II, presidents have gone too far.
Dick Durbin
[T]hough individual oppression may now and then proceed fro the courts of justice, the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from that quarter . . .
Alexander Hamilton
More fundamentally, however, the answer to petitioners’ objection is that there can be no impairment of executive power, whether on the state or federal level, where actions pursuant to that power are impermissible under the Constitution. Where there is no power, there can be no impairment of power.
William J. Brennan
To me, Los Angeles and California and executive power are about big, open warehouse buildings. Tech companies are buying oversized buildings, because they project growth immediately.
James Pearse Connelly
What Obama did wrong with executive power is he tried to change the law. He tried to ignore the law. And under the Constitution, Article I, all legislative authority is vested in Congress.
Ted Cruz
I never believed that surrendering the executive power should be a condition of getting the second term. The second term should stand on its own feet.
Jim Gilmore
Executive power in any nation arguably has more in common with executive power in another country than with the citizens it should serve.
Nick Harkaway
Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government.
Richard M. Nixon
Civilization has developed executive powers far beyond its understanding.
Maude Meagher
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
James Madison
I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.
Edward Snowden
Concentration of executive power, unless it’s very temporary and for specific circumstances, let’s say fighting world war two, it’s an assault on democracy.
Noam Chomsky
It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States.
Andrew Jackson
I shall make it my chief business to see that the [royal] executive power has its place in the constitution.
Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
Daniel Webster
Even George W. Bush, who as president pushed the boundaries of executive power, never proposed a statutory scheme to hold people indefinitely.
Ari Melber
Donald Trump, despite his campaign promises, this is not a guy who is going to be willing to send executive power that belongs to the legislative branch back to the legislative branch. I mean, Donald Trump is going to try to amass and consolidate power, given that he’s an authoritarian.
Evan McMullin
Loyalty of the law-making power to the executive power was one of the dangers the political fathers foretold.
Garet Garrett
Presidential powers are not exercised by a body or group. The Constitution vests ‘all executive power’ in one and only one person – the president.
William Barr
President Clinton invoked executive power a bunch of times… I think once he started doing that, the courts really pushed back on him. He couldn’t use it for things that actually had a better basis. He used it for things that were personal, like the Lewinsky investigation, trying to block his aides from testifying.
Neal Katyal
The problem is that the American public is suspicious of executive power shrouded in secrecy. In the absence of an official picture of what our government is doing, and by what authority, many in the public fill the void by envisioning the worst.
Jeh Johnson
Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and others who raced to the microphones at the slightest hint of Obama overstepping the lines were damn quiet as Trump wildly colored outside the lines of any rational version of executive power.
Rick Wilson
The peculiar danger of executive power is that it executes.
Michael Parenti
Executive power is exercised by the President of the Governing Board who, with the title of President of the Republic of Chile, administers the state and is the Supreme Chief of the Nation.
Augusto Pinochet
Taxes are the source of life for the bureaucracy, the army and the court, in short, for the whole apparatus of the executive power. Strong government and heavy taxes are identical.
Karl Marx
Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Michael Palin
Making recess appointments when the Senate isn’t in recess is neither rational nor moderate. It’s a raw misuse of executive power by a president whose love of government is his most vulnerable spot with the electorate.
John Podhoretz
I am opposed to the accumulation of executive power anywhere.
Noam Chomsky
I am committed against every thing which in my judgment, may weaken, endanger, or destroy (the Constitution) … and especially against all extension of Executive power; and I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and the patronage of the Government itself.
Daniel Webster
A representative assembly, although extremely well qualified, and absolutely necessary, as a branch of the legislative, is unfit to exercise the executive power, for want of two essential properties, secrecy and dispatch.
John Adams