Rand Paul: Obama Losing Moral Authority To Lead


Due process is not looking at “Flash Cards and a Power Point Presentation”

Steve Watson

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul did not let up over the weekend in his public vilification of the Obama administration with regards to inaction over the scandals the president is facing.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Paul asserted that if Obama continues to skirt around the edges of the issues without taking any decisive action, he will lose any moral authority that he still has left as a leader.

Rand Paul Obama Losing Moral Authority To Lead

“I don’t know whether people were targeted for conservative religious values or just conservative political values and sometimes there’s an overlap,” Paul said.

“I think we have to get to the bottom of this. I think the constellation of these three scandals ongoing really takes away from the president’s moral authority to lead the nation.”

“Nobody questions his legal authority, but I think he’s really losing the moral authority to lead this nation. And he really needs to put a stop to this. I don’t care whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, nobody likes to see the opposite party punishing you for your political beliefs.” the Senator added.

“The main woman from the IRS that’s involved has taken the Fifth Amendment,” Paul said.

“She’s no longer cooperating, so I have called for her suspension. The president did respond to that and he has suspended her. However, he’s still paying her, so I don’t want that to go on forever. I think there needs to be a speedy resolution on this, and I think the president is in danger of losing his moral authority to lead the nation if we don’t get to a resolution.”

The Senator suggested that someone should lose their job within the next month.

“Now he says he’s going to listen to his commissioner — new IRS commissioner — in 30 days. Well, the investigation’s been going on over a year now, so I would think it wouldn’t take very long. If he goes beyond 30 days and if no one is fired over this, I really think it’s going to be trouble for him trying to lead in the next four years.” Paul urged.

Shifting topics to the ongoing controversy over the use of armed drones, the Senator said that despite pledges last week by Obama to implement stricter rules on drone strikes, there are still gaping holes in the policy with regards to due process.

“A lot of what’s very important to myself and others is what the law says, and how you should approach this,” Paul said.

“For example, it’s not good enough for us that he’s not using a power. We want him to assert that he won’t. That he doesn’t have the power.”

“If you are conspiring to attack America and you are a traitor, I would try you for treason,” Paul said. “If you don’t come home for the trial, I would try you in absentia, and then the death penalty has repeatedly been used throughout our history for treason, but a judge looks at evidence.” Paul urged.

“And that’s something that separates us from the rest of the world, is that we adjudicate things by taking it to an independent body who is not politically motivated, or elected,” the Senator added.

Watch the full interview:


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