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Ted Cruz: Obama Setting a Dangerous Precedent

Ted Cruz: Obama Setting a Dangerous Precedent

MAY 15, 2014

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 Cruz’s remarks. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch has been able to turn over many of the documents that make Cruz’s list so extensive including, most recently, two salient items:

However, as witnessed by article 2 of Cruz’s “Free Speech and Privacy” section, even Judicial Watch’s 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 equities”—and then delayed in  producing many of these documents by FOIA’s statutory deadline, or didn’t 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 Cruz’s 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.”


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  • CopperDollar

    I say if the United States declares war on another country, then the politicians should be the first to go. It will take the deaths of hundreds of politicians before entering another war. As of now, we send our youngest to die on the battlefields of foreign countries. Politicians should be the first to die, or offer their lives, on the field of battle. I’ve been to war and would have died for my country. How many politicians would die for their country?

  • Chas Mcarty

    Well Sir,
    The order speaks for itself and his focus was on the build up for Iraq at the time. The war is written in history.
    Nobody from the press signed that order. It wasn’t soldiers torturing people in Abu Ghraib and sites around Iraq. Read the sworn testimonies of the betrayed troops and their commanding general. And it certainly wasn’t troops who enacted an illegal law to save their own skins at the expense of the reputation and pride of a their nation while they were sending others to their deaths.

  • mrhuehls

    2002 was before the 2003 invasions of Iraq. 2002 was Afghanistan. That executive order was written by the commander and chief to decisively establish the rules of engagement. I doubt the President lied, so much as the media lied when they misreported nearly all of the situations in the middle east being woefully naive of the carnage of combat. It is most important to know that soldiers are NOT diplomats. Soldiers sent to war are sent into a life threatening situation they have no choice about being in, and will do their level best to to stay alive.

  • Chas Mcarty

    Did you know or even care that on july 2, 2002 , that president signed executive order #13268. It was titled. Termination of Emergency with respect to the Taliban. Up to then only 64 troops had been killed. Wanting the resources for Iraq he gave the world and the U.S. a false hope that the war was winding down. He lied. In the remainder of 2002, 23 more Americans died. 2003-58 more, 2004-60, 2005-131, 2006-191, 2007-232, and in 2008-295 dead Americans in a war zone that the president had declared no longer an emergency theater of operations and diverted resources from for Iraq. This doesn’t count the thousands wounded. All the media gave him a pass. Every republican gave him a pass. Every other American who was outraged was vilified, shouted down as unpatriotic. Now you folks believe every lie from the ousted NRC and their shameless propaganda machine. Shame on you all.

  • Chas Mcarty

    G.W. Bush signed 291 executive orders between 2001 and 2009. Obama, 172 to date. Another tempest in a teapot.

  • tecjK

    Good job!

    Keep exposing the most corrupt President in American history.

  • mrhuehls

    I wonder what would happen if the next Republican elected President threatened to use “The Obama Precedent” to rule by fiat? It’s rhetorical.

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