Rand Paul: "I'm Very Concerned About This President Garnering So Much Power And Arrogance"
SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): You know, our Founding Fathers were very concerned about having a separation of powers, they didn't want to let the president become a king. And so, they wanted to say that Congress was the one to legislate and not the president. So we have a bill we're going to introduce early next week and in this bill, we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation.
And there are several of the executive orders that appear as if he's writing new law. That cannot happen. We struck down once -- the Court struck Clinton down for trying this -- and I'm afraid that President Obama may have this king complex sort of developing and we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: But it's not the first time he's done this and I mentioned this earlier in the program, he didn't seek Congressional authority when he used military strikes on Libya, recess appointments -- the Senate wasn't in recess -- he couldn't get the DREAM Act passed, so, an executive order to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country, Obamacare, obviously, he used the reconciliation process, they wouldn't defend the Defense of Marriage Act, they weakened welfare work requirements, and the contraceptive mandate. Doing all of this now without Congressional approval. So, is it all unconstitutional?
PAUL: Yes, and I think there's a history of this arrogance, you know, because with regard to environmental extremism, Cap and Trade -- he couldn't get Cap and Trade through Congress and now he's trying to do it through regulatory fiat. So, there's a lot of precedent for this.
But it's been a long battle that we've been losing gradually and even Republican presidents have usurped their executive privilege to exert more authority than the Constitution gave them. Our Founders looked to Montesquieu, and Montesquieu wrote that there can be liberty when you combine the executive and legislative powers. You have separation of powers so the powers check and balance each other and I'm very concerned about this president. FDR had a little bit of this king complex also. We had to limit FDR finally because he served so many terms that I think he would have ruled in perpetuity. I'm very concerned about this president garnering so much power and arrogance, that he thinks he can do whatever he wants. (Hannity, January 16, 2013)