Kentucky Senator Rand Paul slammed Obama’s executive actions on immigration Friday, noting that throughout history when one individual gains too much power, “egregious” actions are often taken.
Paul specifically cited internment camps in America for Japanese people during the second world war.
“I care that too much power gets in one place,” Paul said in a speech in Lexington at the Kentucky Association of Counties conference.
“Why? Because there have been instances in our history where we allow power to gravitate to one person and that one person then makes decisions that really are egregious.” the Senator added.
“Think of what happened in World War II where they made the decision. The president issued an executive order. He said to Japanese people ‘we’re going to put you in a camp. We’re going to take away all your rights and liberties and we’re going to intern you in a camp.'” Paul continued, citing then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order authorizing the internments.
“We shouldn’t allow that much power to gravitate to one individual. We need to separate the power.”Paul urged.
The Senator, who has expressed support for a potential lawsuit against the immigration order, asked the audience to consider the bigger picture of Obama’s actions and the precedent he is now setting by so openly bypassing Congress and the political system put into place by the founders.
“The danger of what the president is doing on immigration isn’t necessarily the details of what he’s doing now,” Paul said. “The danger is allowing so much power to gravitate to one person.”
Democrats responded to Paul’s comments by attempting to belittle the Senator and paint him up as a conspiracist.
Rand Paul…appealing to the tin foil hat crowd – Paul Likens Obama Exec Action To Japanese Internment Camp Order http://t.co/uvk63DFGQu
— Michael Czin (@MikeCzin) November 21, 2014
These remarks prompted Paul’s senior adviser Doug Stafford to respond. In an email to The Hill, Stafford explained “Senator Paul was not comparing the substance, he was discussing unchecked executive power.”
“If you allow a President to take broad, unconstitutional power, you may not like what some of them do with it. It is important for many reasons to follow the rule of law, and to live within the constitutional checks and balances in our system of government.” Stafford added.
Meanwhile, it emerged Friday that Obama has decided to expand the U.S. military role in Afghanistan in a classified order, a move once again bypassing Congress and sure to further prompt calls for checks and balances.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.