Obama Right On Essence, Wrong on Method
Bill Quick

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PAR FOR THE COURSE: Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won’t enforce it. “Obama frequently criticized President George W. Bush for such signing statements during his 2008 campaign.”

Obama should have vetoed the bill.  He had every right to do so, because it was a Constitutionally impermissible intrusion by the Congress on the Executive’s Article II powers to “receive ambassadors.”  Signing it and then refusing to enforce it simply muddles the Constitutional waters.

Although this may have simply been an effort on Obama’s part to deliver to Ted Cruz a swift kick in the nuts.  Although Cruz was playing games here as well.  He’s a constitutional lawyer, just as Obama is a former con law professor.  Both know perfectly well where the ambassadorial power resides. 

So Cruz gets to make Obama look like he won’t protect the US against the Iranian barbarians, and Obama gets to smack Cruz down.  Cruz may come out ahead, because most Americans have little or no knowledge of their own Constitution, and so won’t understand that Obama has the right of it here – especially because the signing and refusal to enforce makes him look wishy-washy, and lets the right get in their zingers about Obama doing what he denounced Bush for doing.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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