I’m starting to think that Ted Cruz was created in a lab by Bryan Fischer, so perfectly does he embody the lack of self-awareness and psychological projection for which I named the Bryan Fischer Award. Either that, or he is a pathological liar who simply doesn’t care whether anything he says is true as long as it serves his political goals at any given moment. That seems more likely. Witness his op-ed in Politico declaring Obama to be a “monarch” because of his immigration order.
The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty for immigrants here illegally unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law.
Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers of unlimited power within the executive branch; Congress should heed those words as the president threatens to grant amnesty to millions of people who have come to our country illegally.
The vast expansion of executive power is indeed a very bad thing, but Cruz supports that expansion in nearly every instance (warrantless wiretaps, torture, State Secrets Privilege, etc). And the president’s immigration order is, in fact, well in line with both statutory and constitutional law. Federal law explicitly grants the president the authority to defer deportations and even to grant green cards. It does not allow him to grant citizenship, which is why he did not do that — and he specifically said so. The idea that this order, virtually identical to orders handed down by every president since Eisenhower, constitutes “unlimited power” and undermines the rule of law is so absurd that it can only be a blatant lie.
To be clear, the dispute over executive amnesty is not between President Obama and Republicans in Congress; it is a dispute between President Obama and the American people. The Democrats suffered historic losses in the midterm elections largely over the prospect of the president’s executive amnesty.
President Obama was correct: His policies were on the ballot across the nation in 2014. The elections were a referendum on amnesty, and the voters soundly rejected it. There was no ambiguity.
Oh, bullshit. The fact that one party wins an election does not mean that the voters have rejected each and every policy the other supports. Don’t believe me? Ask Ted Cruz, who of course did not stop advocating Republican policies when Obama won reelection in 2012. This is grade-A, 100%, prime partisan bullshit. And by the way, polls show that the American public overwhelmingly supports what Obama just did.
Thankfully, the framers of our Constitution, wary of the dangers of monarchy, gave the Congress tools to rein in abuses of power. They believed if the president wants to change the law, he cannot act alone; he must work with Congress.
He may not get everything he wants, but the Constitution requires compromise between the branches.
Goddammit, another irony meter shot to hell. The damn thing just melted right on to the floor. Seriously, Ted Cruz — Ted Fucking Cruz — is demanding compromise? This guy won’t even compromise with his own fucking party, which is why virtually every other Republican in the Senate hates him. I had to stop reading at that point. I can only take some much dumbassery at one time.