Skip to comments.Ted Cruz: Obama Setting a Dangerous Precedent
Posted on 05/16/2014 8:30:09 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
Sen. Ted Cruz recently released a list of 76 lawless actions executed by President Obama several of which highlight the work of Judicial Watch.
In the opening of his report, Cruz sets forth his hypothesis:
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.
Supporters of Judicial Watch are well aware of the evidence to support Cruzs remarks. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch has been able to turn over many of the documents that make Cruzs list so extensive including, most recently, two salient items:
However, as witnessed by article 2 of Cruzs Free Speech and Privacy section, even Judicial Watchs work to expose corruption is not definitive under the Obama Administration. Article 2 states:
Circumvented the Freedom of Information Act, by requiring White House Counsel review of all documents to be released under the Freedom of Information Act that the Administration believed pertained to White House equitiesand then delayed in producing many of these documents by FOIAs statutory deadline, or didnt produce them at all.
While Judicial Watch is frequently stonewalled by government agencies, article 2 gets to the heart of the problem President Obama himself is ignoring FOIA requests filed by the public and, in doing so, sets the standard for such behavior. Obama is actively prohibiting the flow of information regarding its activities to the people whom it represents, defying the most fundamental of all laws requiring our government be held accountable to the people.
And thus is the most frightening take away from Cruzs list. With a president who ignores the law and gets away with it, there is no law. When the executive in charge of enforcing the Constitution instead defies it, there is no standard by which the Constitution can be considered valid by officials in any government position if such a president is not held accountable.
Cruz outlines the danger in such a notion as it extends well beyond the current administration:
it is the Obama precedent that is opening the door for future lawlessness 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.
....and the nutless Pubbies don’t want to upset the apple cart, or they lose their gravy train.
Guess this means I can pick and choose what Federal laws to observe. 1934 unconstitutional Firearms act comes to mind.
Yes, Mr. Cruz, Obama is a dangerous president.
Breaking the law is not “setting a precedent”. It is and always shall be, simply, breaking the law.
That the act is not prosecuted, and punishment not imposed, does not make the crime any the less.
But it does seriously erode trust in the rule of law.
Any illegal act by a “president” should not be considered a precedent.
“...Setting a Dangerous Precedent”
Right... but THAT train left the station long ago!
Ted was missed quoted. He actually said Obama was a dangerous PRESIDENT.
WRONG, Senator Cruz!
It is NOT Obama who is “setting a dangerous precedent,” it the Speaker Boehner who refuses to apply the Constitutional Checks and Balances that a Speaker is paid to apply.
Obama is just doing what wanna-be tinhorn dictators always do: do whatever you want to until somebody has the guts to stop you.
The next wanna-be tinhorn dictator will simply pick up where Obama left off, thanks to gutless Speaker Boehner’s permissiveness.
Worst Precedent Ever PING!