With President Obama set to issue a series of executive orders today dealing with guns, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is speaking out against what is a clear overreach of power. During an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Sen. Paul explained that President Obama is behaving like a king, which is exactly what the Founding Fathers fought against.
“I’m against having a king,” said Sen. Paul. “I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress — that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch.”
While President Obama thinks he’s getting around Congress with these executive orders, Sen. Paul warned, “[W]e will fight tooth and nail; and I promise you that there will be no rock left unturned as far as trying to stop him from usurping the Constitution, running roughshod over Congress, and you will see one heck of a debate if he decides to try to do this.”
Sen. Paul challenged Mitt Romney last summer when the Republican presidential nominee said that he could go to war without congressional approval. “The Constitution clearly states that it is Congress that has the power to declare war, not the president,” Paul wrote in an editoral at National Review. “No president is above the law or above the Constitution.”
President Obama has had a proclivity for going around Congress via executive order, from military action in Libya to implementing parts of the DREAM Act. The executive branch is meant to enforce the law, not make it. That job belongs to the legislative branch. The problem with all of this is that whatever President Obama does will eventually be expanded upon by another president, and that is a very dangerous prospect.