The Justice and Development Party or AKP in Turkey has eroded the separation of powers and restricted independent state institutions in that country according to MEMRI, The Middle East Research Institute.
The points made in their article follow.
Turkey’s courts are not independent because the AKP holds the majority and passes all of its own bills no matter what anyone else wants.
Journalists, authors and citizens are arrested for “insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Anyone who disagrees is a traitors or a pawn of some entity like the U.S. or Israel.
Police are becoming increasingly brutal to protesters and are not afraid to kill them.
In June, 2015, he might have enough members in Parliament to draw up a new constitution without any checks and balances.
Erdoğan has a pen and phone and rules unilaterally, violating the constitution.
Barack Obama is not Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Unites States will never be Turkey, however there are some similarities in leadership style that bear mentioning.
Barack Obama and his agencies pass their own laws. Obama uses corrupt policies to pass 2,000 page bills and his agencies then write 10,000 pages of “rules” that are actually laws. Obama legislates from the White House on immigration, Obamacare, the environment and energy, and so on.
He has filled the courts with far-left judges and filled positions that did not exist to turn the courts into left-wing legislative bodies that rule from the bench. His appointments are expected to politicize every agency that were formerly independent of the executive.
Our president is eviscerating the separation of powers, ignoring states’ rights, Congress and the Supreme Court.
Any opponent is demeaned and reputations destroyed where possible. The media, for the most part, works in lockstep with Obama.
Mr. Obama isn’t jailing and torturing reporters but he has them somewhat intimated.
Investigative reporters have all but disappeared under this administration. Jake Tapper said in January 2014 that “The Obama administration has used the Espionage Act to go after whistleblowers who leaked to journalists … more than all previous administrations combined.”
The Obama DOJ secretly and dishonestly labeled Fox News reporter James Rosen a “co-conspirator” so they could spy on him and his family unbeknownst to them.
Mr. Obama ignores our constitution on every issue that affects his domestic agenda and he disregards Congress in foreign relations as he did when he declared war on Libya.
The similarities of Obama’s actions to Erdoğans, while certainly not comparable in severity, they are interesting.
AKP started out as a populist party with a strong stance against militarization. By 2011, on the outside, the AKP appeared to still be a party pushing for the democratization of the state and the struggle against the status quo, but it had in fact morphed into a statist and status quo-supporting party.
That slow erosion is possible in the United States and is in fact happening. We have allowed one man to rule unilaterally and act outside his constitutional authority.
Turkey has exploited people’s longing for peace in the name of political gain. Obama has also. He’s been able to make a deal with Iran that gives us nothing but gives them a path to nuclear weapons, some of which they will sell, and he has done it in the name of peace.
It’s dangerous having one man and one party controlling all the power without checks and balances, without effective dissent, as we can see by events unfolding in Turkey. There is a reason we have a constitution. Law must rule, not ideology or emotion. Without the rule of law, you end up with corruption and an Erdoğan.
Obama is flooding the country with illegal immigrants, refugees, and guest workers, who will one day become citizens and vote Democratic in overwhelming numbers. His goal is to have a one-party system. That is no less dangerous than Erdoğans one-party rule.
While Erdoğan hopes to become a serious player among global powers, Obama appears to want the United States to disappear into irrelevancy and they both appear to have the power to make that happen.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.