During an appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show Wednesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted CruzSenate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard94% (R-TX) emphasized that President Obama’s impending executive orders on amnesty represent a threat to the Constitutional order, as well as imposing a policy the American people clearly do not want. “This last election was a referendum on amnesty, and the American people overwhelmingly rose up and said, ‘No, we don’t want lawless amnesty,’” Cruz declared. “And I’m sorry to say, President Obama’s reaction is defiant, and it is angry with the American people. And if the President goes forward with this – if he goes forward unilaterally defying the Congress elected by the people, defying the American voters – then it’s incumbent on Republicans in Congress to use every single Constitutional tool we have to defend the rule of law, to rein in the President so that the President does not become an unaccountable monarch, imposing his own policies in defiance of the American people. This is a moment of testing, and I am hopeful we will see Republicans in Congress stand up and side with the people against a lawless President.”
To emphasize this point further, Cruz hopped behind the wheel of a 2,000-year-old Cicero speech on Thursday, tricked it out with all the modern state-of-the-art topical accessories, and burned donuts around the Senate podium. Don’t try this at home, kids:
It remains to be seen how many Republicans Cruz can rally to his cause – he wants to defund Obama’s amnesty orders, and shoot down every nominee he sends to the Senate, save for those essential to national security, but there has already been some foot-shuffling and mumbled surrender from his colleagues. The conventional wisdom about Republicans always losing budget fights hangs gloomy over Washington.
It would be a shame if Republicans choose this moment to let America down, because we need them, for exactly the reasons Cruz lays out. Our system itself, the very rule of law, is under attack. The reasons why are transparent, ranging from long-term plans to restructure the American electorate to suit the Left’s tastes, through Obama’s petulant anger at the American people for repudiating him and his ideology. The beneficiaries of this particular abuse of power are a relatively small group …read more