Sen. Rand Paul on Executive Orders: 'Obama May Have This King Complex Developing'

Susan Jones | January 17, 2013 | 7:38am EST
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says several of President Obama's executive orders on guns appear as though Obama is writing new law. (AP Photo)

( - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), arguing that President Barack Obama may be developing a "king complex," said that he plans to introduce a bill next week that "will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation."

Paul spoke with Sean Hannity Wednesday night, hours after President Obama signed 23 executive orders on gun control.

Paul said several of those executive orders appear to be a case of Obama writing new law.

"That cannot happen," Paul said. "The court struck (President Bill) Clinton down for trying this, and I'm afraid that President Obama may have this king complex sort of developing, and we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen."

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According to Talking Points Memo, Paul’s bill would also deny federal funding for the implementation of Obama's executive actions on guns.

Paul said Obama has "a history of arrogance" in trying to legislate from the Oval Office. He mentioned Obama seeking a cap-and-trade program "through regulatory fiat" and ordering U.S. military strikes on Libya without congressional authority.

Hannity mentioned recess appointments when the Senate wasn't in recess, an executive order allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S., the president's refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, weakened welfare work requirements, and Obamacare's contraceptive mandate.

"Is it all unconstitutional in your view?" Hannity asked. "Yes," Paul replied. Paul noted that even some Republican presidents have "usurped their executive privilege to exert more authority than the Constitution gave them."

"But, you know, our founders looked to Montesquieu, and Montesquieu wrote that there can be no liberty when you combine the executive and legislative powers. You have separation of powers, so the powers check and balance each other and I'm very concerned about this president. FDR had a little bit of this king complex also. We had to limit FDR finally because he served so many terms that I think he would have ruled in perpetuity. I'm very concerned about this president garnering so much power and arrogance that he thinks he can do whatever he wants."

According to Paul, "the idea of checks and balances and separation of powers "should be a fundamental one that Democrats and Republicans alike would support, but I'm afraid that there isn't much support on the Democrat's side, but we'll see."

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