James Madison and the original Federalists, where are they when we need them?
Bob Barr argues that a tremendous and dangerous growth of government has taken place in recent decades. He points to what he says is the unprecedented power of the executive branch, the growth of federal laws and regulations, and the massive levels of federal spending, all as evidence that it's time for the country to look back on the writings of James Madison and the original Federalists and to benefit from their wisdom.
Robert L. Barr, Jr. is an attorney and a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Georgia. Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia, from 1995 to 2003.
Barr is now a Life Member of, and on the National Committee for, the United States Libertarian Party.
George Dobbins is Vice President of Programs at the Commonwealth Club of California.
Former presidential candidate Bob Barr agrees with "torture memo" author John Yoo that a wartime president can assume extraordinary powers, but argues laws must be in place to expressly limit that power.
"We should never go down...that slippery slope of a President saying he is above the law."