Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on ABC’s This Week and blasted the Obama administration over their scandals which has rocked the administration for months. During his interview, he said that Obama is “really losing the moral authority to lead this nation.” Interestingly enough, I didn’t have to wait five years into his presidency to make that statement. Obama never had the moral authority to lead the United States.
The administration’s refusal to take any real action against those actually involved in the scandals is what led to Paul’s questioning of Obama’s moral authority. “I don’t know whether people were targeted for conservative religious values or just conservative political values and sometimes there’s an overlap.”
“I think we have to get to the bottom of this,” he continued. “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,” he added. “I don’t care whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, nobody likes to see the opposite party punishing you for your political beliefs.”
Senator Paul did suggest that someone should lose their job as a result of the IRS scandal and that Lois Lerner should be immediately suspended for pleading the Fifth Amendment when she was called to testify before Congress.
“The main woman from the IRS that’s involved has taken the Fifth Amendment,” he 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 Kentucky senator rightly said that Obama is still paying Lerner. She’s getting a handsome paid leave after failing to resign.
Paul also took a few moment to speak about drone strikes, something he spent 13 hours talking about on the Senate floor earlier this year.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.