This is just one of many differences between Cruz and Obama. What’s Obama’s way of handling things? If Congress won’t do what he wants, he issues executive orders. What’s the point of having a Constitution that delegates powers across three branches of government if the President is keen on acting as a dictator?
The President stated that his gun control executive orders are “entirely consistent with the Second Amendment.” But the President can’t make laws. Remember, that’s supposed to be Congress’s job. So, if things don’t go the President’s way, he has no choice but to wait on Congress, who may or may not allow him to do what he wants. It’s that way by design. If all the President has to do is issue executive orders when he doesn’t get his way, then what’s the point of having a Congress at all? I’m sure Obama asks the same question.
Even if it’s something that you and I would agree with, we can’t fall into the temptation of supporting unconstitutional executive orders. Ted Cruz gets it, and I hope he’s follows through on his promise. CNS News reported:
GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday that he would not repeal Obamacare on day one as president, because he would not have the legal authority to do so.
“I’ll get questions in town halls – Will you implement this policy that we really care about – and my answer over and over again, so for example people say, Will you end Obamacare on day one? And my answer has to be no,” said Cruz.
The senator said he is committed to repealing the President Obama’s health care law, but as president Cruz would not have the legal authority to get rid of it.
“Now listen, no one is more committed to ending Obamacare than I am, but a president doesn’t have the constitutional authority to end it on day one, because it’s a statute passed into law by Congress,” said Cruz.
“The only way to end it is to repeal that statute, so I will work with Congress and do everything humanly possible. We will repeal Obamacare, but unlike Obama, I don’t intend as president to be – to use his word – an emperor simply decreeing the policy outcomes I like. I intend to follow the law,” he said.
I know that most Republicans in Congress have no backbone. Many of them campaigned on getting rid of Obamacare, and then when they got into office, they argued that it was the “law of the land,” and that there was nothing they could do. Cruz isn’t doing that. He’s right. As president, he’d have no constitutional authority to issue an executive order repealing Obamacare. That would be the easy way, the Obama way, but it wouldn’t be the right way.
Congress actually does have the power and authority to repeal it, but they’re afraid to upset their lobbyist handlers. Cruz will (hopefully) use the bully pulpit of the presidency to persuade Congress to act. If they don’t, then that’s Congress’s fault, not Cruz’s.