Article by Bryan Howard
February 28, 2019
Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee gave a speech at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where he slammed the Democrats for never opposing Obama’s over reach of executive power. Lee notes they only seemed concerned of separation of powers when a Republican is president, but never seem to mind an over reaching President when it was Obama.
Mike Lee started off by quoting Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia“any tin horn dictator around the word can have a bill of rights, but whether or not it’s able to protect you … depends on the extent to which that system of government constrains those in power and prevents them from accumulating excessive power.”
Lee stated, “Now you’ve heard about this accumulation of powers in recent days. All of a sudden on the left we see a magical resurgence, a magical reawakening, of this idea that there ought to be separation of powers within our system of government.”
Lee continued, “I almost went into anaphylactic shock when I saw [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi talking about separation of powers on national television.”
Lee stated, “Where was their outrage over the violation of the constitution and the separation of powers in the last decade? Where was the concern about Congress’s Article I power to declare war when President Obama declared a national emergency in 2011 as part of his undeclared war in Libya? Where was the concern about Congress’s Article I power over immigration and naturalization when, in 2012, President Obama having failed to get legislation passed from Congress that he wanted, created a brand new immigration amnesty program out of thin air? Or when he again unilaterally expanded his unconstitutional, illegal program in 2014, just days after his party suffered massive losses at the polls?”
Lee concluded, “We, as Americans, can learn much from our founding generation, from remembering why it is that we fly the stars and stripes and no longer the Union Jack. It wasn’t just about getting rid of the monarchy. It was about our freedom.”