“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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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday released the fourth in his series of reports on the Obama Administration’s abuses of power. Pronouncing the President’s “willingness to disregard the written law, and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat” one of the most dangerous aspects of his tenure in office, Cruz emphasizes the importance of the rule of law – which, properly understood, should restrain the ambitions of politicians, not become a cudgel in their hands – and needles his adversaries for accepting abuses from a Democrat that they would never tolerate from a Republican.
Cruz is determined to make the case that Obama is setting dangerous precedents for future executives of any political affiliation, because as he memorably puts it, “When a president can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, he is no longer a president.”