Sen. Ted Cruz appeared before the Federalist Society in Washington, DC Thursday and provided a scathing review of President Obama’s unconstitutional overstepping of his authority and abuse of power. The Texas Republican provided no less than 76 separate instances ranging from Obamacare to Benghazi.
Cruz warned his audience that “The president’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology.” Cruz’s office said of their boss, “He believes all administrations, no matter from what party, should be held accountable to following the rule of law and tenets of the Constitution. He will continue working to shine a light on this administration’s lawlessness as long as it continues.”
The unflattering portrayal of this president’s conduct tests the limits of his executive powers which the senator believes is an egregious power grab. As Cruz put it, “We have never seen a president disregard the law so brazenly and in so many contexts, with so little legal justification. Obama has openly defied it by repeatedly suspending, delaying, and waiving portions of the laws that he is charged to enforce.”
Time and time again Cruz pointed out, Obama has instructed his old buddy, Attorney General Eric Holder, to “cease enforcing the laws. He has done this with federal welfare law, drug laws, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In more than two centuries of our nation’s history, there is simply no precedent for the White House wantonly ignoring federal laws and asking others to do the same.”
Cruz’s description of Obama’s administration is the “imperial presidency” that he feels “threatens the liberty of every citizen. Because when a president can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, he is no longer a president.”
Cruz submitted a detailed check list involving blatant examples of Obama power-grabbing.
Implementation of parts of the so-called Dream Act by executive action, defying Congress’ rejection of it.
Extension of the deadline to enroll in Obamacare and “illegally” requiring people to violate their faith via the Obamacare contraception mandate.
Targeting conservative groups for heightened IRS scrutiny.
Secret collection of phone records from staff at The Associated Press.
Threatening to arrest military priests during last fall’s partial government shutdown.
Selling thousands of guns to criminals in operation Fast and Furious, and then allegedly refusing afterward to comply with congressional subpoenas about the operation.
Revealing sealed indictments in the Benghazi investigation.
The power and scope of this administration’s offenses will be center stage at the House Select Committee’s hearings on the Benghazi tragedy this summer. It could be the catalyst for serious political change in this November’s elections.
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