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Presidential Rhetoric and the Challenge to American Constitutionalism: A Conversation with Jeffrey Tulis

with Jeffrey K. Tulis

Jeffrey Tulis joins LibertyLawTalk to discuss his 1987 masterwork The Rhetorical Presidency, recently reissued by Princeton University Press on its 30th year of publication.

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on February 01, 2018 at 09:32:09 am

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on February 02, 2018 at 20:33:49 pm

Always insightful stuff from Tulis, though I found his discussion of Obama (blaming the Republicans for his own partisan cram downs?) to be very far fetched. That Ornsteen "It's Even Worse Than It Looks" book on polarization is a joke; it tries to pass itself off as bipartisan, but it's biased as all get-out
http://www.bessettepitney.net/2014/06/polarization-on-both-sides.html

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on February 02, 2018 at 20:40:31 pm

...not to mention all the cram downs that came from Obama's biased Judicial appointees

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CJ Wolfe
on February 07, 2018 at 17:02:00 pm

The comparison of Obama to Trump cannot be sustained. Simply look at Trump's first week in office - where he instructed his Press Secretary to advance a series of self-aggrandizing lies about his popularity and ability to draw crowds, and issued an Executive Order that sought to take away vested legal rights from Green Card holders, which he had no statutory right to do. If Obama announced his pen and phone doctrine on Jan. 2009, and immediately tried to enact a DACA or DAPA like program with a path to citizenship, then we could have a discussion. But he did not. Tulis correctly notes that many years of intransigent opposition elapsed before we got to pen and phone, and even when we reached this point he advanced legal claims regarding those executive actions which he proposed, such as prosecutorial discretion. You may not like his legal claims or think they are erroneous, but you certainly notice the difference. What legal claims does Trump use to defend his calls to prosecute his political rivals? To ban all Muslims from coming to the United States? Trump is an anti-Constitutional President, he started that way in his first week, and he is never going to mend ways.

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on April 02, 2018 at 08:49:46 am

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