Liberal Constitutional Lawyer says left is SILENT on Obama lawlessness because of ‘CULT OF PERSONALITY’

Constitutional Lawyer Jonathan Turley, a liberal, says the silence of the left on Obama’s lawlessness is bordering on a cult of personality:

I’m afraid this is beginning to border on a cult of personality for people on the left. I happen to agree with many of President Obama’s policies. But in our system it is often as important how you how you do something as what you do. I think that many people will look back at this period in history and see nothing but confusion as to why people remained so silent when the president asserted these types of unilateral actions. You have a president who is claiming the right to basically rewrite or ignore or negate federal laws. That is a very dangerous thing. It has nothing to do with the policies, it has to do with the power.

When asked by Megyn Kelly what’s to come of this kind of lawlessness and if it’s really that big of a deal, Turley says we’ve never seen presidential lawlessnes to this extent and warns of authoritarianism if this continues:

A system in which a single individual is allowed to rewrite legislation or ignore legislation is a system that borders on authoritarianism. I don’t believe that we are that system yet. But we cannot ignore that we’re beginning to become a system that is a pretense of democracy if a president is allowed to take a law and just simply say I’m going to ignore this, or I’m going to shift funds that weren’t appropriated by Congress to this area.

The president’s state of the union indicated this type of unilateralism that he has adopted as a policy. Now, many people view that as somehow it is empowering. In my view it is dangerous, that what he is suggesting is to essentially put our system off line. This is not the first time that convenience has become the enemy of principle. But we’ve never seen it to this extent.

Watch the full interview below:

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  • Darrell Griffin

    Nice to see a liberal with some intellectual honesty for a change.

    • deTocqueville1

      Honesty but blindness.

      • Darrell Griffin

        Liberals have no common sense. If they had it, they would not be liberals.

        It’s like hiring the same repair man over and over, to replace the same parts over and over, and paying the same bill over and over.

        You have to be a special kind of stupid to do that. Liberals look at 5000 years of human history and conclude their repair man is “underfunded” and needs a hike in his minimum wage. Never realizing there is a reason that repair man still only makes minimum wage.

      • sDee

        I am convinced that it is genetic. Seriously. Some men just want to believe that leaders who will ask them to relinquish liberty for protection or for the “common good”, will not enslave them.

    • notsofastthere

      I’m glad Turley is speaking out, but what the Hell did he think Liberalism, nanny state, big government, brings about?

  • warpmine

    Truth be told, there will be civil war and it won’t be pretty but the point of contention will be settled. I fear the left won’t enjoy those coming days because it will mean retribution, expulsion, incarceration and possibly death.

    • Liberius

      If the Federal government could be restored to Constitutional limits and the powers it’s usurped returned to the States, we might be able to avert this split. Imagine a country where most of the agencies we have now are illegal, Washington mostly handles foreign policy and military matters, and the 50 States can do anything that doesn’t contradict the Constitution. Texas could be the Wild West and California could be a European-style Social Democracy, and we all get to have it our way under one flag. I keep trying to sell the Left on the notion that freedom benefits everybody, but they’re too interested in making Texas do things the California Way to see that trying to govern a country that’s fractured on party lines with a one-size-fits-none model that a majority of people hate is madness.

  • James Guest

    There Are Two Sets Of Laws In This Country! One For The Common Man & One For The Political Ruling Class! If I Break The Law LawDog Hunts Me Down! if Obama Breaks The Law He Gets A Pass! One Of These Days There Will Be Justice!

  • Conserv_58

    To Mr. Turley I say, Ya’ Think?

  • deTocqueville1

    Turley describes the dangers clearly and articulately. The blindness he exhibits though is breathtaking. He says he agrees with most of the policies. The policies through the concentration of power and the expansion of administrative and bureaucratic function give rise to the very authoritarianism that he so deplors. This alas is the fundamental problem with progressive thinking. The mastermind of the elitist invites the abuse of authority and inevitably negates the balance of interests and legislative and executive function to which he says he subscribes.

    • notsofastthere

      Dr. Carson was on tonight. To paraphrase him – he can’t understand how so many people can remain silent and take what’s being dished out. He pointed to Hitler and the German people.

      • Darrell Griffin

        I about blew a gasket when O’Reilly said “that can’t happen here”.

        I was yelling at the TV, “It’s happening NOW you arrogant nimrod” ! Just substitute the word Jew with Conservative or Tea Party.

        • notsofastthere

          O’Reilly means nothing to me these days. He has become a real arrogant a$$. Carson’s the one I wanted to hear.

        • $12112543

          When the Dems applauded Obama’s State of the Union pledge to be a dictator. It looked like that scene from Star Wars, where Padme says, “So this is how liberty dies; to thunderous applause.”

          • Darrell Griffin

            I was thinking the same thing.

        • 12grace

          Yes, I had the same reaction. I wonder if O’Reilly was just trying the stir the pot with his ignorant statements.

          America Martial Law 2014! – US civil war is coming – Gerald Celent

          OBAMA’S AMERICA:, Dinesh D’Souza’s with Glenn Beck

          Get Ready for Obama’s Third Term as President in 2016

    • $12112543

      Turley is a progressive. Obama is a Marxist.

      • 12grace

        10 Things the Elite Are Planning for You in the Next 4 Years (2013-

  • Dan Defoe

    I give the country only about a 20% chance of avoiding armed rebellion. Hopefully, people will wake up and reverse these totalitarian policies before it comes to that.

    • notsofastthere

      If the upcoming elections don’t change the entrenched power structure the 80% better act or we just prepare to live 75 years like they did in the Communist Block.

      • 12grace

        CIA Whistleblower: Obama’s Plans To Destroy US And Seize Pow

    • Marridge

      We need an American Spring. Weekly protests at every major intersection. America, get off the couch.

      • 12grace

        Some people say that obama is doing all he can do to hurt us and make us angry so that we have an “American Spring” so that he can call Martial law and install himself as the dictator of America.

        Note, some people also believe that obama fired the high-ranking military officers because they would not fire on American citizens in a civil disturbance situation.

        February 2014 Breaking News Why is Department Homeland Secur

        America : Obama is purging the U.S. Military by firing 200 Top

        Obama to Military – Will you FIRE on Americans?

        U.S. General: Obama’s Military Purge ‘Criminal And Treasonous’

        Joel Skousen’s ‘Red Dawn’ Warning to America

      • johnfromjersey

        There already is one coming… this spring. Don’t you read the papers Marridge?
        But, to be honest, you’re right. If we the people don’t support what is planned, then America will continue down the drain. If you’re interested in finding out more about it, check out Facebook. Look for the articles posted on the TRS page at FB, or the Constitutional Freedom Party’s FB pages. There are senior Military officials who’re 100% behind us sending 20 or 30 million of “we the people” to DC, and stay there until this administration, and all of Obama’s henchmen are trotted off in handcuffs. We the people CAN do it, and unarmed this time.

    • aposematic

      The ‘Cult’/Government agrees with you. They have been arming and training their Agencies with military grade weapons. The larger Cities have been doing the same with their Departments. And those stock piles of ammo: 1.5 Billion rounds and sniper ammo…

  • summer43224

    It’s already there and no one to stop it!

  • Martin2717

    Being a liberal constitutional lawyer is an oxymoron.

    • $12112543

      Sort of. It’s the difference between “progressively” eroding government limitations with unconstitutional law accompanied by the illusion of Congressional and Judicial sanction (with the Supreme Court making the most illogical decision is national history on Obamacare) – as opposed to Obama making unconstitutional law quickly, whimsically, and incessantly.

      Obama’s Red Revolutionary Marxism is shattering useful idiot Turley’s illusion that the utopia of beneficent dictatorship can be reached progressively with the appearance of Constitutionality, while claiming American principle.

  • DCGere

    The “cult of personality” started in 2008. And thanks to the SRM will be in effect until 2016. Then we’ll see another in the form of Hillary.

  • Nobs

    The K Street “patriots” are sitting on their hands so we can’t see the dirt and blood all over them.

  • Marridge

    We are all excellent keyboard warriors. That is all we are.

    • You and your invisible friend? Who is this “we” you represent?

      • kong1967


        • Heh. Lately we’ve had a bunch of people commenting about how “no one is doing anything.” Just because they sit on their butts doesn’t mean that’s all we are doing.

          • kong1967

            No doubt. A lot of people are out making a difference.

    • kong1967

      Yeah, because Obama doesn’t give a crap what anyone thinks….including people that vote for him. You either get on board or he will try to destroy you. He doesn’t want to work with anyone, including Democrats in the Congress and Senate.

  • Exodus2011

    another lib is WAKING THE HE!! UP???

    well, congratulations …..

    the King must be DETHRONED …. and it may not be possible until Speaker Boehner is removed, because he continues to stonewall on convening a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi.

    Witnesses have been intimidated into silence and they won’t be able to speak the truth freely UNLESS they are given the protection afforded by a Select Committee

    If Boehner continues to refuse to take this step, the speculation that he is complicit in the Benghazi coverup will also continue .,…

    • kong1967

      In fairness to Jonathan Turley, it sounds like he’s been awake to the problem for a long time. Unfortunately, he’s about the only liberal that isn’t drunk on the abuse of power to benefit themselves.

      • Exodus2011

        do you think he was part of the cult of personality once himself, and then woke up? …

        • kong1967

          Lol, that’s a good question. He seems pretty stable and surprisingly ethically respectable, which is unheard of in the Democrat party. There are some of them….few and very far between.

          I remember a Democrat attorney trying to get to the bottom of voter fraud (on the left) because he believed it to be extremely dangerous to destroy the fair voting process no matter which party benefited from it.

          How often do we see that? Once in a blue moon maybe?

          • OLLPOH

            We were all born into Natural Laws, Natural Rights, Sovereignty, a Constitutionally Free Republic, to which the government is not to pillage, infringe, encroach take any/all of our Natural Born Freedoms from us, that which they are to advocate, yet 0bama has usurped the words of Natural Laws, Natural Rights and wielded the word Democracy and projected the word Democracy as though he and only he has the Democracy to Hand Out ever so selectively; He is to him This One Man that can give you along with “His Government” the be all of the end all each and every right, thing, that which you were born with…This speech below is ‘more than’ indicative that he is The Take Down of America by and through that which President Reagan warned us all about, that it would be done through HealthCare.
            0bama is a Marxist Communist and he will not be stopped, until he has drained the people of all of which they were born unto…


            • kong1967

              That was a very hard read of nothing but socialism dribble. He was trying to get people to jump on board his transformation of America…..or USCA (United States of Communist America).

              Three more years of this anti-American bunghole.

              • OLLPOH

                It is painful and so, very accurate, kong!

        • sDee

          He was. He is off the wagon but will be hitting the koolaide bottle again soon.

          They gotta do this. Hussein just pulled the mask down on their agenda too far.

  • kong1967

    A very rare Democrat. Intellectual honesty in the Democrat party is extinct…..right along with morality, integrity, and ethics.

  • sDee

    A dark cult was how Leo Donofrio summed up the courts, legislature and law enforcement.

    If anyone was following Leo Donofrio in the run up to the 2008 election, he chronicled his state and federal lawsuits/appeals that candidates McCain, Obama and Calero were all ineligible.

    He noted that this was no coincidence and found that the entire judicial system at the state and federal levels acted instantaneously as one, surrounding him like a virus and blocking him at every step.

    This is not left or right. This is not Hussein or Bush2. We have only the veneer of a Constitution, lawful judicia,l and representative government.

  • timsrighty

    Mr. Turley I think I appreciate your honesty but your side (liberal progs) has had this type lawlessness in their sights for a long time and they’ve been acting on it. Wake up and switch sides…then expect an audit from the Emperor’s IRS.

  • DHardy

    The left has always been a bunch of lock stepping guttersnipes….

  • FreeManWalking

    The abolishment establishment of the 17th amendment has shifted the loyalty and responsibility senators had toward their state to the Federal Government, and that shift has likewise been acquired by our congressmen from being the peoples representative to a Federal Advocates.

    This is the reason I want my senator and congressman to be a representative not a Politician.

    • $12112543

      It’s a misnomer to say that they represent a state. They represent Washington DC.

      • FreeManWalking

        I don’t know where your got that i said they represent a state. I did misspeak by saying abolishment instead of establishment.

    • sDee

      I believe you meant to say “the establishment of the 17th Amendment”

      Abolishing it is crucial to reclaiming the Republic.

      • FreeManWalking

        You are RIGHT and I should learn to prof read…

  • Dramamama54

    Time to remove this president through impeachment, but who will do it? Not his party, they drool over him, not the GOP, they are afraid of being called racist! So who????? The American people that’s who!

  • OK_Loyalist

    The greatest failure of all is the media. If the right was even attempting this, they would be all over it 24/7

    • brazen_infidel

      If you think it’s bad now, wait until Evita Clinton gets sworn in.

  • jrt

    Can’t stand M. Kelly… why does she even bring up bush??? and why make a joke of what the topic by say why is this so bad???? she is annoying to watch. This is our problem in a nutshell. she doesn’t care about American, she only cares about her next gig and hair/ and makeup job

    • clockwindingdown

      She asks so that someone other then her gives the answer. So that a viewer not aware may learn something, to show the person being interviewed is justified in their statements, concerns and beliefs… In this case a liberal leftist bo supporter saying this isn’t right and it’s not going to turn out well unless action is taken soon!

  • stage9

    If it’s a cult, I sure wish they’d skip ahead to the part where they drink the tainted koolaid already.

    • timsrighty

      yep…the sooner the better.

  • JoeTulsa

    Lawlessness can escalate into civil unrest. Impeach! Even if you know Harry Reid will blindly support Obama. Impeach!

  • Bill in Tennessee

    TO: US Military
    SUBJ: The oath you took
    You may recall that upon entering service in the US military, each of you took an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Note, that was not the President you swore to defend but rather the Constitution. We now have a domestic enemy to the Constitution sitting in the White House, and this should concern you. The appearance that it does NOT concern you, concerns ME. It concerns millions of Americans.

    The point of this MEMO: When will the US Military awake to the fact we have a domestic enemy to the Constitution and a would-be emperor in the White House, one who apparently thinks he has no limits to his power? What are you going to do about it? Millions of Americans want to know. And millions of Americans will stand with you, should you decide to honor your oath.

    Or will we continue down the imperial path until all freedoms and all representation of the people and all balance of powers in America are lost forever? Is anybody there? Does anybody care?

    Signed: A concerned citizen

    • Crassus

      The military doesn’t care. It’s a bureaucracy just like others. All they care about is getting their checks and following orders. If you’re looking for them to be the ones to save the country you’re sadly mistaken. Sorry, but that’s the way things are now.

      • Bill in Tennessee

        You’re partially right… but there ARE some segments of the military that do still care. It’s to them that I directed that “memo.”

        • Dallas Townsend


  • Redskinsfan2

    Just after Obama was elected, Evan Thomas, mystified at how little journalists really knew about him, referred to Obama’s “slightly creepy cult of personality.” Who knew he would wreck the economy and health care and little would be done to stop him. Republicans are paralyzed and need to be replaced with conservatives who will act.

  • phil

    Welcome To reality Mr. Turley,

    The only reason why this dude was re-elected (& maybe elected in the 1st place) is precisely because the “cult of personality” Not because his ideas were Popular,

    • WordsFailMe

      I think he was elected because there are so many white racists in this country.

      The Obama child was not judged by most white voters for the content of his character of which, there is little, but rather by the color of his skin.

      Weak white, non-judgmental Americans– i.e., the United States after the liberation of women. Conservatives would do well to put the democrats back into power in ’14 and ’16 and let the next generation pay for what it has done.. Having not that much time left, it feels like justice to me.

  • doriangrey11

    I call bullshiite, The left is silent, because every illegal action taken by Obama advances the agenda of the left.

    To good to Check: The Michelle Obama certainly isn’t Jacquelin Kennedy Edition.

  • Freedomswatch

    We the people have to stop Obamas lawlessness by voting in Republicans who will challenge it like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and getting rid of Mitch Mc Connell and co. Please consider a donation to Matt Bevins campaign, a recent poll showed 75% of Kentuckians still don’t know who he is. The primary is May 20th, we need to send the Republican establishment a message. We need the grassroots to know there is an alternative.

    • WordsFailMe

      I think that we need to punish, cripple and eventually destroy the republican progressive traitor-sell out-cowards in the next election. Things need to get worse, before they will ever get better, Another Democratic President and another Democratic Senate will hurt, but it will not destroy us.

      Short -cutting the process of nation transforming (re-forming) by swarming to support the foul, seditious republican party like the millions of hand wringing, weak, guilt ridden Democrats will in the next election will keep us in the same cycle. If you still own one, bite the bullet. If it’s a choice between a Bush and a Clinton, vote Clinton

  • Crassus

    Next up the Bummer orders his picture to be hung on the walls of every home in America. We must bow down before it three times daily.

    • olddog

      And official Obagger (D)rone prayer rugs will be Mandated..part of the ObaggerNo-Care thingy..ya know…

  • JoelDick

    I don’t think that’s exactly it.

    I think people VOTED for Obama because of his cult of personality, but the left (media, entertainers, and public figures) being silent about how he’s lawlessly implementing his agenda (through executive order and intimidation) has more to do with the fact that they agree with his objectives (and because he’s told them he’s right).

    See, it’s only among conservatives that there is an emphasis on keeping government answerable to the people, and by extension, constraining them to the constitutional system of checks and balances designed by the founding fathers.

    All this is lost on liberals. When they see a Obama implementing a particular policy, they’re not concerned whether he’s serving the people or overstepping his granted power; instead they are interested only in whether they agree to that particular position or not.

    Minimum Wage? You’re either for it or against it. If you’re a Democrat and for it, you’re fine with Obama’s executive order. If you’re a Republican, you’re against it. They don’t understating that it’s not raising the minimum wage per se that were againt. It’s the way Obama is doing it, and the fact that he has no business doing it.

    That’s why they can’t wrap their heads around why we would be against Obama’s exemption to the employee mandate. “I thought Republicans are pro-business”, they wonder. So they conclude that Republican Obstructionism must be due to them simply being anti-Obama, or worse, racist.

    They miss the point. We don’t care if you’re pro gay marriage or against it. Plenty of Republicans are pro. We just believe that the government has no right jamming it up States’ asses.

    This point is lost on progressive Republicans. They’re too focused on whether they agree with this or that position – immigration, privacy and security, healthcare policy, welfare policy, fiscal policy, gun rights and so on.

    Tea party conservatives are more concerned with big issues: Is the government getting too big? Are we losing the American way? Are we turning into a society that thinks that every problem can be solved with more rules? Do we not trust people to decide on their own what’s best for them and their families?

    This progressive juggernaut that is the federal government will only be stopped when we answer those questions and convince the other half (or 48%) of America that they are destroying them-self from within. Hopefully that happens sooner than later.

    • deTocqueville1

      Good discussion. For many, if not most prgressives, the ‘ends’ justify the ‘means. To a Constitutionalist the ‘means’ are ends in and of themselves, so process and procedure are vital to the balance and equity of the system of government. Without procedural safeguards (i.e. the first, fourth and fifth amendments) the rule of law falls and tyranny takes over. The Articles of the Constitution clearly specify, define and demarcate the powers of each branch of government. There are very good reasons why the framers did what they did.

      • clockwindingdown

        Basically conservatives are trying to play by the rules, (laws of the land) while the leftist are doing what they want, then invoking the rules (use of law process) upon the conservatives whom try and stop them.

    • clockwindingdown


  • mcgurn

    And we keep hearing things that we already know and still no one dies anything to stop him. If this pattern continues where will we be? And, unless Jesus comes quick I see no end to this utter madness. No my friends, we didn’t just let in the Trojan Horse, We opened the door for satan’s right hand man.

  • Oscar

    Are any conservative groups suing this empire yet? We all know the left throw around lawsuits left and right when conservatives pass a law that they feel inhibits their rights.

    • Crassus

      They’re too busy listening to talk radio to tell them what to do and cashing their fat checks from Karl Rove and Grover Norquist.

    • Conservator1

      Yes. You have two different attorney’s representing many of the organizations targeted by Barack’s IRS that is in the courts presently. The only other lawsuit I know of is Rand Paul’s suit on NSA.

  • Conservator1

    While Jonathan Turley is correct about Obama’s imperial presidency, I still believe if Barack declared term limits for presidents is unconstitutional and ran again, Turley would vote for him again.

    • Laurel

      I agree!

  • anotherworriedmom

    Cult of personality? Jim Jones, Hitler, Mussolini? Weren’t those cults of personality? I thought he was President, not the leader of some cult that can get away with anything because he is worshipped by his followers. Silly me.

    • Dramamama54

      He has formed a cult following. If he says it, it must be true!

  • John F

    In an unrelated story, the IRS will audit Turley’s last seven tax returns and he will be fined $35,000.

  • Laurel

    I would say it is cult of personality (one that Turley wholly and completely bought into and helped to give legitimacy) but also lack of morality coupled with malignant narcissism.

    Electing a thug to pick your neighbor’s pocket is immoral. Not admitting you made a mistake is immoral. Thinking you don’t have to admit it is a lack of humility which is also immoral but malignat narcissism as well.


    …the SILENCE is destroying your country and the SILENCE is DEAFENING

  • Larry

    You know with all the ammo being bought by the many government agencies, even the US Postal Service, watch out for a declaration of Marshall Law suspension of the Constitution
    towards the end of his term.