TCS Daily – Real Power Is Something You Take

My latest piece at TCS Daily, “Real Power Is Something You Take,” is up. The title comes from the world of pop culture:

Fictional Dallas patriarch Jock Ewing once told his equally fictional son, Bobby, that “Nobody gives you power. Real power is something you take.”

All of our great presidents — and some of the less-than-great ones — took great liberty with the Constitution. They have seized the initiative and forced Congress to react.

Much more at the link.

FILED UNDER: Congress, National Security, Published Elsewhere, US Constitution, US Politics,
James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Hal says:

    Hmmm. I guess any criminal could use the same logic.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Read the article and then comment, please.

  3. McGehee says:

    Oh, come on James — don’t go expecting so much of poor Hal.