Frank Buckley on Crown Government in America
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Marc Vander Maas talks with F. H. Buckley, Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law and author of a number of books, his latest being The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America (Encounter Books, April 2014). The story of American Government is the story of the rise of presidential power, which has seen its fullest, and - for those who believe in the principles of the Constitution and oppose one-man rule - most unsettling flowering in the presidency of Barack Obama. How did a country that was founded on small-r republican principles go from overthrowing the rule of the King George to essentially creating its own elected monarchy, which George Mason, one of the founding fathers, considered worse than the real thing? Buckley discusses this process and our current political dilemma.