- Julian Zelizer: Since WW II Democrats have helped give the executive branch more power in responding to threats to national security
- Zelizer says Democrats who protest the Trump administration's actions in Syria should remember that presidents of their party also acted unilaterally
Julian Zelizer, a history and public affairs professor at Princeton University and a New America fellow, is the author of "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society." He's co-host of the "Politics & Polls" podcast. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)Democrats don't really have much ground to stand on when they criticize President Trump for flexing too much muscle on national security. The Democrats, along with their opponents, have been part of the bipartisan push for expanding executive power since World War II.