Ted Cruz: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama

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  • Big Dipper

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    Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

    In the past, when Republican presidents abused their power, many Republicans—and the press—rightly called them to account. Today many in Congress—and the press—have chosen to give President Obama a pass on his pattern of lawlessness, perhaps letting partisan loyalty to the man supersede their fidelity to the law.

    But this should not be a partisan issue. In time, the country will have another president from another party. For all those who are silent now: What would they think of a Republican president who announced that he was going to ignore the law, or unilaterally change the law? Imagine a future president setting aside environmental laws, or tax laws, or labor laws, or tort laws with which he or she disagreed.

    That would be wrong—and it is the Obama precedent that is opening the door for future lawlessness. As Montesquieu knew, an imperial presidency 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.


    Ted Cruz: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama - WSJ.com
     

    ROGER4314

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    I agree with Senator Cruz's article except that I would pick a different term than "Imperial". That word infers a high class or royal right to govern as an absolute Ruler. Like Hitler, Obama is a low class hustler and a gutter rat. There is nothing high class about Obama except for his personal wealth that has blossomed during his Presidency.

    Imperial? NAH! Dictator....you bet!

    Flash
     
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    dustycorgill

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    I agree with Senator Cruz's article except that I would pick a different term than "Imperial". That word infers a high class or royal right to govern as an absolute Ruler. Like Hitler, Obama is a low class hustler and a gutter rat. There is nothing high class about Obama except for his personal wealth that has blossomed during his Presidency.

    Imperial? NAH! Dictator....you bet!

    Flash

    Yup!!!!!
     

    Dredens

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    I agree with Senator Cruz's article except that I would pick a different term than "Imperial". That word infers a high class or royal right to govern as an absolute Ruler. Like Hitler, Obama is a low class hustler and a gutter rat. There is nothing high class about Obama except for his personal wealth that has blossomed during his Presidency.

    Imperial? NAH! Dictator....you bet!

    Flash

    Agreed. I about had an aneurysm when he started talking about forcing Executive Orders.
     

    TAVM

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    Obama needs to be removed from office, and it's crazy that people don't see that.
     

    Vaquero

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    The emperor has no clothes. Ted is one of the few pointing it out.
     
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