Former US Congressman & Professor
Former Congressman Mickey Edwards is a lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a vice president of the Aspen Institute and director of the Institute’s Rodel leadership program for elected public officials. Read More >
We are in the process of significant changes in our form of government, with the constitutional system set up by our founders increasingly misunderstood, ignored, or challenged. There is a persistent demand to change the supreme court to make it "responsive" to the majority views of the moment rather than ensuring that our laws adhere to the constitution. Edwards will explain that the President is not, actually, the 'head of government' (we don't have a "head of government"; he's the head of one of the three equal branches of government (one of the two "political" branches) Americans must understand that the constitution very expressly gives the President only two options when he receives legislation from congress -- veto it or make it the law. However, in reality we have become a system in which a President can simply declare the right to disobey the law (thus making ours a system more like those in a Venezuela or Pakistan or the old Soviet Union than the system of separated powers the founders created in order to protect our freedoms from the dangers of arbitrary rule). Read More >
Edwards warns that we are at a critical point in deciding whether we will continue to be "exceptional" in our preservation of a system that limits and divides power or whether we will be just another nation with a "leader" who will make our laws and decide when to send us to war. Read Less ^
"Mr. Edwards arrived on campus just after 5:00 p.m. to have dinner with 20 students of political science. He sat a table with five of those students for the meal itself, and when everyone was finished eating we had enough time to form a circle with our chairs and open the discussion up to the entire room. Mr. Edwards was very gracious with his time and more than happy to speak with the students, who were forthcoming with questions. I would like to reiterate how much we appreciated Mr. Edwards’ easy going nature and willingness to spend time engaging with our students. The evening went smoothly and was truly a valuable experience for all involved."