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Historian Buckley: American President is Now King-Like in Power

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 05:01 PM

By Aaron Stern

Every child raised in the U.S. is taught that the American Revolution was fought to overthrow the rule of King George III.

Now, says F.H. Buckley, the pendulum is swinging back, and Americans are unwittingly becoming the subjects of a singular tyrant, the president. Buckley, author of the forthcoming "The Once and Future King," told John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that after more than two centuries of democracy, the American political power structure is eroding. Congress has abdicated more and more of its power in recent years, with the executive branch more than happy to claim that power for itself.

"I kind of put two and two together and thought you know maybe it's a structural problem and maybe presidential governments are not good for freedom and we've had a pretty good ride for over 225 years but that doesn't tell you much about the future," Buckley said.

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The title of the book comes from the T.H. White novel about King Arthur.

"My version is, 'King George III is gone, but hey, look around the corner,'" Buckley said.

The omnipotent presidency wasn't created by President Barack Obama, because it has been a slow process over several decades that has brought American democracy to its present state. But while Obama didn't create this situation, Buckley said he has maximized the powers of the presidency like none of his predecessors, and is someone who can do almost anything he wants.

But, Buckley said, that won't change when Obama leaves office.

"I don't see in him as the last in that train, I see in him glimmers of what the future might be, unless we can correct it," he said.

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