I declined to adopt the view that what was imperatively necessary for the Nation could not be done by the President unless he could find some specific authorization to do it. My belief was that it was not only his right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the Nation demanded unless such action was forbidden by the Constitution or by the laws. Under this interpretation of executive power I did and caused to be done many things not previously done by the President and the heads of the departments. I did not usurp power, but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power. In other words, I acted for the public welfare, I acted for the common well-being of all our people, whenever and in whatever manner was necessary, unless prevented by direct constitutional or legislative prohibition.
How Napoleonic of you, Mr. Roosevelt. Saul Alinsky thought that the ends justified the means as well.
Both before and after this comment Roosevelt tries to claim that he is a constitutionalist. But a constitutionalist does not systematically look for weaknesses like a foreign invader, a constitutionalist protects and defends the constitution thereby defending liberty first and foremost.
Theodore Roosevelt stood against liberty, like every other progressive. We've been suffering because of progressivism ever since.