Immigrationby Senator Ted Cruz
Posted on 2014-11-20
CRUZ. Mr. President, the words of Cicero are powerfully relevant
2,077 years later: When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing
our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When
is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering
about as it does now? Do not the nightly guards placed on the border,
do not the watches posted throughout the city, does not the alarm of
the people and the union of all good men and women--does not the
precaution taken of assembling the Senate in this most defensible
place--do not the looks and countenances of this venerable body here
present, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your plans are
detected? Do you not see that your conspiracy is already arrested and
rendered powerless by the knowledge that everyone here possesses of it?
What is there that you did last night, what the night before--where is
it that you were--who was there that you summoned to meet you--what
design was there which was adopted by you, with which you think that
any one of us is unacquainted?
Shame on the age and on its lost principles. The Senate is aware of
these things; the Senate sees them; and yet this man dictates by his
pen and his phone. Dictates. Aye, he will not even come into the
Senate. He will not take part in the public deliberations; he ignores
every individual among us. We gallant men and women think that we are
doing our duty to the Republic if we keep out of the way of his
You ought, President Obama, long ago to have been led to defeat by your own disdain for the people. That destruction which you have been long plotting ought to have already fallen. What shall we, who are the Senate, tolerate President Obama, openly desirous to destroy the Constitution and this Republic? For I passed over old instances, such as how the IRS plotted to silence American citizens.
There was once such virtue in this Republic that brave men and women would repress mischievous citizens with severe chastisement than the most bitter enemy. For we have a resolution of the Senate, a formidable and authoritative decree against you, Mr. President. The wisdom of the Republic is not at fault, nor the dignity of this Senatorial body. We, we alone--I say it openly--we, the Senate, are waiting in our duty to stop this lawless administration and its unconstitutional amnesty.
I yield the floor and suggest the absence of a quorum.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.
The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.