Texas Sen. Ted 'LOL' Cruz on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Committee (video above):
This President of the United States is the first president we've ever had who thinks he can choose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore. He announces just about every day one change after another after another in Obamacare. It's utterly lawless. It is inconsistent with our Constitution, and it ought to trouble everyone, Republicans, Democrats, independents, libertarians.
Let me tell you something: If you have a president picking and choosing which laws to follow and which laws to ignore, you no longer have a president.
So we no longer have a president, eh? I guess that means Obama is a dictator, right? Of course, it's possible he's the world's lamest dictator because what other explanation do you have for the fact that as dictator he would allow an enemy of the state like Ted Cruz to spread his revolutionary rhetoric?
Oh wait, I'm sorry. I forgot about the IRS, which Obama is clearly using to suppress the political opposition, which explains why Mitt Romney had the election stolen to him, because as everyone who unskewed the polls knows, Romney was the people's choice, all 53 percent of them.
But as for this thing about Obama being the first president ever to engage in a tug-of-war with Congress about the extent of his powers and his flexibility in enforcing the law, well, in the spirit of being completely fair and balanced, it's probably worth noting these words from none other than President Ronald Reagan himself:
While I am signing S. 1192, it contains a legislative veto provision which the Attorney General advises is unconstitutional. [...] Accordingly, this language of section 114(e) must be objected to on constitutional grounds. The Secretary of Transportation will not, consistent with this objection, regard himself as legally bound by any such resolution.
So not only is President Barack Obama not the first president to do the sorts of things Cruz accuses him of doing, but Ronald Reagan was among those who did. And of course the logical implication of Cruz's anti-Obama attack is this: Ronald Reagan was not president of the United States.