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How anyone could possibly view this as a good thing simply baffles me

Jacksonian Presidency:

Prior to September 11, 2001, few Americans had any reason to know the name John Yoo. A law professor and former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence
Thomas, Yoo was just two months into his job as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel when the terrorist attacks occurred. In the years since, however, his handiwork has become impossible to ignore.

Most notably, Yoo drafted the infamous 2002 “torture memo,” which, among other things, maintained that the president could not be constitutionally prohibited from ordering torture during wartime, no matter what existing American law had to say about it. More generally, Yoo emerged as a highly effective advocate of the so-called unitary executive, the theory that by vesting “the executive power” in the presidency, the Constitution equipped the commander in chief with the inherent” authority to go to war without congressional approval, nullify treaties, ignore the courts, and much more.

Jackson was, by and large, the most dispicable president ever elected.

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