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Sen. Cruz Invokes Cicero’s Words Against President Obama’s Lawlessness

November 20, 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor harkening back to Cicero’s famous warning to the citizens of Rome. Over 2,000 years later, the words are powerfully relevant to our current President’s lawlessness.
 
“When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now,” Sen. Cruz asked. “Do not the nightly guards placed on the Border—do not the watches posted throughout the city—does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men—does not the precaution taken of assembling the Senate in this most defensible place—do not the looks and countenances of this venerable body here present, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your plans are detected?”
 
He continued, “Shame on the age and on its principles! The senate is aware of these things; the Senate sees them; and yet this man dictates by his pen and phone. Dictates! aye, he won’t even come into the senate.”
 
“What? shall we, who are the Senate, tolerate President Obama, openly desirous to destroy the Constitution and this Republic? For I pass over older instances, such as how the IRS plotted to silence American citizens. There was—there was once such virtue in this republic, that brave men and women would repress mischievous citizens with severer chastisement than the most bitter enemy. For we have a resolution of the senate, a formidable and authoritative decree against you, President Obama; the wisdom of the republic is not at fault, nor the dignity of this senatorial body. We, we alone,—I say it openly, —we, the Senates, are waiting in our duty to stop this lawless Administration and its Amnesty.”

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