Barack Obama’s presidency has been rocked by a nearly constant stream of scandals and allegations of unconstitutional behavior. Many of his detractors, including former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy, have determined that his actions potentially warrant impeachment hearings.
Few elected officials, however, have been as reliably outspoken against Obama’s perceived abuses than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Keeping in line with his platform of dissent, the Tea Party hero recently released “The Legal Limit Report No. 4,” the latest in a series of arguments against the current administration.
Introducing the paper, which includes 76 separate abuses of power, Cruz wrote that no aspect of Obama’s presidency is more troubling than his “persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat.”
His complaints were broken down into eight separate chapters, each focusing on a different area of concern:
Governing by Executive Fiat
Executive Nominees and Personnel
Free Speech and Privacy
Other Lawless Acts
Other Abuses of Power
The former constitutional lawyer explored each topic in some detail, offering a concise breakdown of what he considers lawless behavior from within the White House.
He concluded that, through systematically “suspending, delaying, and waiving portions of the laws that he is charged to enforce,” Obama is defiantly flouting his obligation to uphold the Constitution.
“When President Obama disagreed with federal immigration laws,” Cruz wrote, “he instructed the Justice Department to cease enforcing the laws.”
Obama followed the same course, he explained, in dealing with “federal welfare law, drug laws, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.”
Prior to Obama’s election, Cruz said the U.S. had never encountered such brazen disregard for the rule of law by its chief executive.
“In the more than two centuries of our nation’s history, there is simply no precedent for the White House wantonly ignoring federal law and asking others to do the same.”
Cruz’s report, in its entirety, is available below:
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