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Senator Rand Paul on Obama: 'I'm against having a king'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 17th, 2013
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"I'm against having a king," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said of U.S. President Barack Obama in an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network. Paul expressed his apprehension on the president's threats to impose gun control through executive orders. "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 monarch," Paul said.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) -  "Suffering rule," wherein the people of a nation suffer through a decision made unilaterally by the ruler - whether he is elected, or not, was a big sticking point in for the original framers of the Declaration of Independence. To equate President Obama with kings and monarchs is a realistic description that unitary government is a major problem.

This is true if the president has to stand for election every four years and even when he's limited to two terms in office.

The practice of bypassing Congress is an aggressive method of rule without representation. In a left-handed way, the current mood for swift, "efficient," all-powerful centralized government is a denial of that principle.

The chasm of principle that separates Rand Paul and someone such as Harry Reid is very much desired in a free society. That difficulty defines the boundaries of what the federal government is supposed to be doing and battles over the extension of those boundaries should be succinct and to the point. The American people deserve no less.

In practice, what becomes a "king?" It's not the means by which he takes the throne, or the length of time he remains there. The threat of punishment at the ballot box in four years is not a sufficient check on executive power, especially for a "lame duck" President who will never need to curry favor with voters.

What is "taxation without representation?" Ask your grandchildren, when they are taxed through the nose to pay off deranged spending commitments they weren't alive to oppose.

One needs only to point to our friends in North Africa, Egypt. Working hard to ensure the first democratically president was won in a free election, Mohamed Morsi has given himself unprecedented power over others in Congress. The analogy between Morsi and Obama is a highly cogent one .

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