Cruz calls Obama ‘lawless’ in speech at county 2014 Lincoln-Reagan dinner

By Betsy Dolan 

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Lincoln-Reagan dinner in Fort Bend County on January 10.  He is pictured with Sylia Gallegos and Luis Zelaya, with the Dan Branch campaign for Texas Attorney General.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Lincoln-Reagan dinner in Fort Bend County on January 10.  He is pictured with Sylia Gallegos and Luis Zelaya, with the Dan Branch campaign for Texas Attorney General.

Not surprisingly, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz came to the 2014 Lincoln-Reagan dinner at Safari Texas Ranch on January 10 with his tongue sharp and his message even sharper, blasting President Obama’s “record of lawlessness” and warning the sell-out crowd that the American people need to rise up and take back their country.

The conservative Republican laid out his reasoning for why he thinks American liberties are under attack, accusing Obama of “picking and choosing” which laws to follow. Cruz specifically mentioned the executive orders Obama used to implement drug and gun control measures, steering immigration enforcement away from certain groups in the country illegally and the NSA surveillance scandal.

“What the president is doing is unprecedented and it threatens the role of law”, Cruz said. “No Democrats are standing up to call him on it. This is something that should bother people regardless of party”.

Rosenberg City Manager, Robert Gracia (center), was the recipient of the 2013 Jim Adolphus Award.  He is pictured with County Judge Bob Hebert and Fort Bend County GOP Chairman Mike Gibson. 

Rosenberg City Manager, Robert Gracia (center), was the recipient of the 2013 Jim Adolphus Award.  He is pictured with County Judge Bob Hebert and Fort Bend County GOP Chairman Mike Gibson. 

Cruz reserved his harshest attacks for the Affordable Care Act, calling it an “unmitigated disaster”, stating that five million Americans have lost their health insurance while others have lost their jobs or had their hours cut. At one point, Cruz mentioned President Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” remarks which prompted several in the audience to shout out,”Liar! Liar!”.

“We now know those remarks were deliberately false”, Cruz said. “Did President Obama go to Congress and say, ‘Hey, I made a mistake on this. Let’s change the law’? No he didn’t. Elected officials are especially subject to the law. If the president can pick and choose the laws he wants to follow they are no longer laws”.

Cruz also stated that income inequality has increased dramatically under President Obama, citing $1.7 million in new taxes, burdensome regulations and the federal health care overhaul as reasons the poor are suffering.

“The president’s solution is always debt and taxes. But the people who get hurt are the very ones who are already struggling. If we repeal every single word of Obamacare, it will be the greatest thing we can do for economic growth in this country”.

Danielle Settles (center) was the recipient of the 2013 Maureen Thode Award.  She is pictured with Rosenberg Mayor, Vincent Morales and Fort Bend County GOP Chairman Mike Gibson.

Danielle Settles (center) was the recipient of the 2013 Maureen Thode Award.  She is pictured with Rosenberg Mayor, Vincent Morales and Fort Bend County GOP Chairman Mike Gibson.

Cruz took jabs at Al Gore and the recent polar vortex, Vice President Joe Biden and the partisan gridlock in Washington D.C.

“I am so happy to be back in the great state of Texas. Pete (Olson), John Cornyn and I have spent the last week in Washington D.C. It is great to be back in America”, Cruz said.

An autographed copy of “Green Eggs and Ham” which Cruz read aloud during his 21-hour filibuster against the Affordable Care Act, was auctioned off for $2,000.

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