Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presiency and the Subversion of American Democracy Oct. 4, 2007
Thursday, October 4
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House
Book signing will follow lecture and discussion
President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution. Is such an interpretation of presidential power necessary in an age of terrirism and imminent security threats? Or, as one critic suggests, will these new tools “lie around like a loaded weapon” for any future president, liberal or conservative, to impose his or her own agenda on the country? Charlie Savage, Boston Globe reporter and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, joins us tonight to address the Bush administration’s expanding executive powers and what it means for the future of our country.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.