Originally posted by sasquatch672
Yes. Let's discuss the dangers of:
1. Electing a leader who openly acknowledges he wishes he oils govern without opposition;
2. Has so little appreciation of foreign relations that he offends important trade partners in an important region;
3. Has so little standing in the international community that the wife of a minor country's Peime Mi ...[text shortened]... him.
BONUS ROUND: Explain why Obama would deeply bow before the king of a Muslim country.
Obama's speech in context strongly supports the US system of separation of powers despite the desperate attempts of the usual suspects to distort what he said:
And to protect the freedom of all the voters, those in power must accept constraints. That’s what our American system is designed to do. Now, America may have the strongest military in the world, but it must submit to civilian control. I, as the President of the United States, make determinations that the military then carries out, not the other way around. As President and Commander-In-Chief, I have that responsibility because I’m accountable to the people.
Now, on other hand, as President, I cannot just impose my will on Congress — the Congress of the United States — even though sometimes I wish I could. The legislative branch has its own powers and its own prerogatives, and so they check my power and balance my power.
I appoint some of our judges, but I cannot tell them how to rule, because every person in America — from a child living in poverty to me, the President of the United States — is equal under the law. And a judge can make a determination as to whether or not I am upholding the law or breaking the law. And I am fully accountable to that law.
And I describe our system in the United States because that’s how you must reach for the future that you deserve — a future where a single prisoner of conscience is one too many. You need to reach for a future where the law is stronger than any single leader, because it’s accountable to the people. You need to reach for a future where no child is made to be a soldier and no woman is exploited, and where the laws protect them even if they’re vulnerable, even if they’re weak; a future where national security is strengthened by a military that serves under civilians and a Constitution that guarantees that only those who are elected by the people may govern.
You should read the entire speech.