After calling for abolition of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during a recent address, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) added, “And if we need to figure out what to do with the 110,000 IRS agents, we could always put them on our southern border.”
This was Cruz’s “slightly tongue-in-cheek” message to a rowdy Republican crowd gathered in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit held July 18-20. About 3,500 activists attended the meeting that was headlined by Cruz, but featured speeches by Sarah Palin and Dr. Ben Carson, as well.
During much of Cruz’s speech, he sounded like a presidential candidate tightening up his stump speech. “Education is too important to be dictated by bureaucrats in Washington,” said Cruz, calling for the end of the Common Core federal education standards. “Besides,” he added, “we already have a ‘common core’ in this country: It's called the Constitution of the United States.”
Another unconstitutional act was also put on Cruz’s kill list. “The most important regulatory reform we ought to pursue, is we need to repeal every single word of ObamaCare.”
In calling for repeal of the healthcare act, Cruz blasted the provisions infringing on the right of Americans to freely exercise their religion. The president’s pet legislation purports to force companies to provide contraceptive services regardless of religious proscriptions against it. “Let me give you a simple rule of thumb,” Cruz said, “If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong.”
Cruz accused President Obama of abolishing something as well: the Constitution. “It seems like this president is going down the Bill of Rights, trying to violate each one, one at a time,” Cruz said.
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