Sen. Mike Lee: Obama Trying to Shift US to 'Government of One"

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 04:06 AM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama is trying to convert the United States into "a government of one" by ignoring the Constitution's separation of powers, says Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
 
Lee spoke to Fox News Channel's "Hannity" on Monday following Supreme Court arguments earlier that day over the legality of Obama's recess appointments.
 
Such appointments are allowed in the Constitution, but are reserved for times when Congress is not in session.
 
Obama made three controversial appointments to the National Labor Relations board when the Senate was in session.
 
"There certainly is a level of lawlessness," Lee told host Sean Hannity. "This is why we are our own country. This is why we don't salute the Union Jack.
 
"We wanted to prevent the kind of accumulation of power in the hands of the few, or in the hands of one person that had caused us so much suffering prior to the Revolution," he said.
 
The appointments, Lee said, were "inexcusable" and "unconstitutional."
 
Obama also has tried to enact the DREAM Act on his own, which would grant permanent legal status to illegal immigrants who came to America as children with their parents, and has delayed enforcement of parts of Obamacare for political gain, Lee said.
 
"He does all this as though he were a lawmaking authority, consisting of one person," Lee said, noting that such actions might work in countries with dictators and despots, but not in a representative democracy.

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