Rand Paul: Obama Turning US Into 'Socialist Nightmare'

Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 10:00 PM

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President Barack Obama is turning the United States into a "socialist nightmare" by doing "blithely whatever he thinks he can get away with," Sen. Rand Paul says.

"It's hard to imagine exactly what his goal is because when you talk to him one on one, he sounds reasonable and like he's not trying to transform America into some socialist nightmare," Paul, a Kentucky Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"However, when you look at his policies, one after another they are sort of transformative — changing us from a country that has a marketplace and freedom of choice to a country that is stifled by coercion and mandates."

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Paul said he is most disturbed by Obama's flaunting of the Constitution, particularly bending laws to fit his agenda without getting congressional approval, such as his tweaking of the Affordable Care Act.

"There doesn't seem to be any acknowledgement of restraint that the Constitution and the rule of law restrains him in any way," he said.

"Basically he pushes the limit to whatever he thinks he can get and won't be rebuked."

But that may change as the Supreme Court weighs Obama's unprecedented changes to the law, Paul says.

"We're hoping that there will be more cases brought to bear where his idea that he can amend Obamacare without legislation, without congressional approval . . . [is] rebuked," he said.

"It takes a while to work through the courts, and in the meantime, he just continues to do blithely whatever he thinks he can get away with."

"He's acting as if he's both the executive and the legislator . . . That's a recipe for tyranny, and it is my fear that we're allowing the president to have so much power gravitate to him that we're getting rid of the checks and balances that really held government [in check] and limited government's power."

Paul said the implementation of the ACA, and the cancellation of insurance policies it has caused, are producing "stories that pull at the heartstrings," Paul said.

"This is about whether you allow Americans to have freedom of choice or whether you tell Americans, as the president's doing, that you're too stupid, you can't make these choices, you can't decide what's good health insurance, I'm going to tell you what's good.

"It's that arrogance from Washington that, really, the whole country ought to rise up — Republican, Democrat, independent — and say, look, this is a free country and we want our freedom back, basically."

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