The Threat of Bush’s Unitary Executive
For thousands of years a king ran governments, he had the final authority and made all the decisions. He might consult with his advisors but he was free to make his own decision. He might examine the law but he was not forced to follow it, the king could interpret the law as he saw fit. The role of the governed was to follow the king and obey his decisions. Today American government is a representative democracy; the land has three branches, which the Constitution has given equal power. This all changes with the new theory backed by Republican President George W Bush.
The unitary executive theory is a belief that all executive power and authority belongs to the president. It is derived from a Constitutional interpretation of Article II of the U.S Constitution claiming that power is given to the President and only he has the right to execute law in the executive branch. As American politics has changed, so has the power of the president. Bush’s administration is polluted with firm believers of the unitary executive theory he "has been asserting from the outset of his presidency" that presidential power "must be unilateral, and unchecked. Prior to Bush’s presidency the unitary executive was rarely utilized, however he has become a delegate for this theory even incorporating torture into law.
Bush has been able to expand his power mainly because of signing statements. Signing statements by the president have received very little media coverage. They are extremely important because they define how the president interprets laws he signs. Bush uses these statements to gain more power and control by signing bills into law and altering them as he sees fit.
According to “The Legal Significance of Presidential Signing Statements,” authored by Assistant Attorney General Walter Dellinger, on November 3, 1993 since American President James Madison signing statements...