Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman “Despot” Catiline Over Immigration Plan

Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman "Despot" Catiline Over Immigration Plan

Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman “Despot” Catiline Over Immigration Plan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Ted Cruz, who engineered the government shutdown, is spouting off over President Obama’s immigration plan by comparing him to Roman despot Catiline (Lucius Sergius Catilina). Really Mr. Green Eggs and Ham, Roman orations?

“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 to that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?” he said, using the beginning of Cicero’s First Oration Against Catiline.

By substituting Obama’s name for Catiline’s, Cruz compared the president to a figure who sought to violently overthrow the Roman republic.

His speech comes hours before the president is expected to offer temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and reform the immigration system by executive order. Source:  The Hill

I am guessing by Sen. Ted Cruz’s standards, his father, who is an immigrant, should high-tail it back to Cuba. Since he came to the U.S. via trickery.

Here’s more from around the Internet on President Obama’s immigration dare:

Rick Klein: “He’s daring Republicans to offer their sharpest reactions. Everything from government shutdowns to lawsuits to, yes, impeachment will be in the mix, with the driving consensus that the party needs to do something to register its extreme disapproval.”

“He’s daring them to offer and pass a different set of policies. The fact that the substance of the executive order won’t take effect for six months gives the new GOP majority in Congress another half year to do what Congress hasn’t been able to do over the decade immigration reform has been on the agenda.”

New York Times: President Obama “chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants.”

Adding, “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

Politico: “Obama directly challenged congressional opponents, declaring his intentions to fight back against any challenges to his authority.”

Wall Street Journal: “This much is clear: President Obama sets off an explosion with his plan to act on his own to change the nation’s immigration practices. What’s less clear is what happens next.”

Obama’s New Immigration Plan Shields Nearly 5 Million Illegal Immigrants

Obama's New Immigration Plan Shields Nearly 5 Million Illegal Immigrants

Obama’s New Immigration Plan Shields Nearly 5 Million Illegal Immigrants (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama’s immigration plan will shield five million illegal immigrants and shift the focus to undocumented felons, gang members and suspected terrorists. The White House says the president’s plan doesn’t provide a path to presidency. President Obama quoted Leviticus 19:33-34 in his  speech.

Obama will reject claims he is offering a free pass to undocumented immigrants and argue that “the real amnesty” would be leaving a broken system as it is now, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House.

“Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I’m describing is accountability — a commonsense, middle ground approach,” Obama will say.

“If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.”

Obama will lay out changes he is making to immigration laws without the consent of Congress. A key element of his plan is to instruct immigration authorities to prioritize expulsion action against gang members, felons and suspected terrorists rather than law abiding undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and residents and others, senior administration officials said.


The changes will offer those who qualify the chance to stay temporarily in the country for three years, as long as they pass background checks and pay back taxes. But they will not be offered a path to eventual citizenship or be eligible for federal benefits or health care programs. And, in theory, the measures could be reversed by a future president. Source: CNN

Never mind the fact that former president Ronald Reagan (1986) oversaw nearly three million illegal immigrants amnesty. President George H. W. Bush expanded on Reagan’s plan a few years later. But never mind the fact that the Republicans did it. How could the first black president have the gumption to do that. This may all backfire on the Republicans as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and two others are threatening to sue. Um, they are barking up the wrong tree. A court action against Obama is likely to fail. The Department of Homeland Security says President Obama’s executive plan is legal:  https://www.scribd.com/doc/247401618/OLC-Memo-on-immigration

Republican leaders who had hoped to focus on corporate tax reform, fast-track trade pacts, repealing the president’s healthcare law and loosening environmental restrictions on coal are instead being dragged into an immigration skirmish that they’ve tried studiously to avoid for most of the last year.

That’s largely because the question of how to handle the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. bitterly divides Republicans, and the party has been unable to agree on an alternative to the president’s plan.

To many, stark warnings from Boehner and McConnell sound more like pleas to the president to avoid reenergizing the GOP’s conservative wing, whose leaders are already threatening to link the president’s immigration plan to upcoming budget talks. Source: LA Times

As with the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans want to repeal the law, but have no plan to offer. The same holds true on immigration reform. They want to chide the president, even dropping the I-word (impeachment) but have no plan of their own. It’s about to get really ugly in Washington D.C. and my bet is that the Republicans will end up with a black eye and President Obama will prevail. The fact is, the current Democratic Party don’t deserve the votes of blacks and Hispanics, but the Republicans certainly don’t either.

Fox News Geraldo Rivera is praising Obama and slamming the Republicans. Um, I guess he’s the only one at Fox News that feels that way. Here’s an excerpt of his article:

Republicans had it coming. They allowed their House Leadership to be rendered irrelevant by anti-immigration radicals like Steve King of Iowa and Mo Brooks of Alabama. The right-wing herd and its supporting cast of screamers like Matt Drudge and Judicial Watch are indignant because they claim the president won’t wait for the legislative process to work; that what Mr. Obama is doing is unconstitutional, imperial and impetuous.

LOL. The right wing freak-out begins….

Obama Signs Executive Order ‘Blocking Properties of Certain Persons’ in Ukraine Crisis

Obama Signs Executive Order 'Blocking Properties of Certain Persons' in Ukraine Crisis

Obama Signs Executive Order ‘Blocking Properties of Certain Persons’ in Ukraine Crisis

#BREAKING: President Obama signs executive order “blocking property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine” and threatening security. The White House says the U.S. is prepared to consider additional steps and sanctions as necessary depending on how Ukraine situation develops. (@Reuters) This comes as the Crimean parliament overwhelmingly votes to become a part of  Russia.

The Obama administration did not say how many people were subject to the visa bans or reference their nationality. However, the targets described as “officials and individuals” are believed to be Russians held responsible for the week-old occupation of Crimea.

The White House said the visa restrictions reflected “policy decision to deny visas to those responsible for or complicit in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” and was in addition to visa denials for figures close to the government of former president Victor Yanukovych, over oppression of protesters.

The president’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said the additional executive order “authorises sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine”. He said those included: “threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kiev”. Source: Guardian

President Obama: “I’ve Got a Pen and a Phone” on Expanding Opportunity

President Obama: "I've Got a Pen and a Phone" on Expanding Opportunity

President Obama: “I’ve Got a Pen and a Phone” on Expanding Opportunity

Quote of the Day:  President Obama on expanding opportunity in his weekly address: “I’ve got a pen and a phone…a pen to take executive action, and a phone to rally citizens and business leaders who are eager to create new jobs and new opportunities.”

President Obama Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Convicted Felons

President Obama Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Convicted Felons

President Obama Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Convicted Felons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The White House issued a press release detailing two more executive orders in the gun control battle. Of course, the right wing is none too pleased that President Obama is flexing his muscles. As expected, the National Rifle Association freaked out. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said “prohibiting the re-importation of firearms into the U.S. that were manufactured 50 or more years ago does not keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.” Yeah, whatever.  Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s executive order:

Closing a Loophole to Keep Some of the Most Dangerous Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

  • Current law places special restrictions on many of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns.  These weapons must be registered, and in order to lawfully possess them, a prospective buyer must undergo a fingerprint-based background check.
  •  However, felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns can easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation.  At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run.  ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.
  • Today, ATF is issuing a new proposed regulation to close this loophole.  The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually.  By closing this loophole, the regulation will ensure that machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.

Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets

  • When the United States provides military firearms to its allies, either as direct commercial sales or through the foreign military sales or military assistance programs, those firearms may not be imported back into the United States without U.S. government approval.  Since 2005, the U.S. Government has authorized requests to reimport more than 250,000 of these firearms.

  • Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums.  This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets.

Obama “National Defenses Resources Preparedness” Executive Order Doesn’t Mean Martial Law is Coming

The Tea Party wingnuts are screaming Martial Law over President Obama’s recent Executive Order, titled “National Defenses Resources Preparedness.” In a nutshell, it’s called preparedness. The reality is that this update of prior Executive Orders signed in 1988 and 1994, which elaborate similar powers in time of war or national emergency.  The Order signed in 1994 was not limited to national emergency:

The United States must have an industrial and technology base capable of meeting national defense requirements, and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency.

While I don’t agree with everything President Obama is doing or has done, I wouldn’t say this Executive Order was an act of a dictator because of an expansion of presidential powers. Martial Law isn’t coming as a result of the National Defenses Resources Preparedness Executive Order. It’s just pure mischief to suggest that as a fact.

Ed Morrissey:  Why the update?  If one takes a look at EO 12919, the big change is in the Cabinet itself.  In 1994, we didn’t have a Department of Homeland Security, for instance, and some of these functions would naturally fall to DHS.  In EO 12919, the FEMA director had those responsibilities, and the biggest change between the two is the removal of several references to FEMA (ten in all).   Otherwise, there aren’t a lot of changes between the two EOs, which looks mainly like boilerplate.

In fact, that’s almost entirely what it is.  The original EO dealing with national defense resources preparedness was issued in 1939 (EO 8248) according to the National Archives.  It has been superseded a number of times, starting in 1951 by nearly every President through Bill Clinton, and amended twice by George W. Bush.

So, if Ed Morrissey, who seems to be more conservative than a moderate, could say there’s nothing that signifies Martial Law is coming, then why are some in the Tea Party and other conservatives, such as Kenneth Schortgen Jr., making hay out of nothing? The fact that this Executive Order is simply an update, with limited expansions due to new Cabinet positions and focuses on preparedness, then it’s just ridiculous to suggest he’s exhibiting traits of a dictator.