I feel bad that over the last few years I’ve paid so much attention to Michele Bachmann, Steve King and Louis Gohmert and not nearly enough attention to Trent Franks of Arizona, who is every bit the intellectual lightweight that the other three are. In a discussion with Islamophobe Frank Gaffney, he declared that Obama’s immigration orders are the “death of the republic.”
While speaking yesterday with Frank Gaffney, the Arizona Republican said that Obama is “dividing the country in some very significant ways and I don’t think that he serves either the illegal immigration community or the cause of the rule of law or justice in general in any way when he makes these kinds of unilateral decisions.”
“I think that there’s probably nothing that this president has done or is doing that is more dangerous to the fundamental foundation of this Republic then ignoring the Constitution and betraying his oath of office” he said. “There is something very frightening about a president who simply aggregates this power onto himself and ignores the very oath that he took that president.”“Without trying to sound overwrought, it literally could be the death of the Republic because once the chief executive officer of any republic all of the sudden begins to ignore the rule of law to hold himself unconstrained to the Constitution and to the truth of his own words, if that should become a common practice of presidents, then that little unpleasantness with England we had is something we should probably apologize for,” Franks added.
Except it already is common practice. The immigration order that Obama gave was virtually identical to orders given by every president since the 1950s. So how come Reagan’s order wasn’t the death of the republic? Or Bush 41’s? Or Bush 43’s? I guess it only applies to black presidents.