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Rand Paul Rallies California GOP: Obama Confounding the Constitution

 Senator Rand Paul

“It is a terrible tragedy, it is a danger to us as a country, and we need to do everything we can to stop him from abusing our laws,” Senator Rand Paul told the California State Republican Convention. "We have a president who basically has created a lawless atmosphere in Washington.”

In words that could have been taken directly from the pages of Senator Paul delivered sharp criticism of President Obama, saying that "the worst thing he has done is his usurpation of power."

"He's doing immigration policy on his own, he's now gone to war on his own," Paul said. "It is a danger to us as a country, and we need to do everything we can to stop him."

In his remarks, as reported by The Los Angeles Times reporter Cathleen Decker, Senator Paul accused Obama of confounding the Constitution when he expanded Obamacare, moved against overseas targets without specific congressional authorization, and announced plans — since delayed — to use executive action to change the nation’s immigration laws.

Senator Paul’s remarks to the California GOP State Convention built upon a July speech at the Lincoln Labs Reboot conference in San Francisco, where techies and Republican Party members came together to share ideas, he emphasized that Mr. Obama wants to obstruct, not encourage, the kind of work emerging from Silicon Valley.

"[Obama] is not for innovation. He's not for freedom. He's for the protectionism crowd. You know he's for the crowd that would limit the activities of these companies," he told people at the conference, according to The Los Angeles Times.

"I have nothing but optimism when I'm out here because I see amazing potential for growth away from the disaster that is Washington. I don't have to think there has to be a governmental solution for everything," he told the Lincoln Labs Reboot conference audience. "Don't be depressed with how bad government is. Use your ingenuity, use your big head to think of solutions the marketplace can figure out, that the idiots and trolls in Washington will never come up with."

Speaking about Hillary Clinton, Decker reported that Senator Paul reminded the audience of her famous 2008 primary ad, which argued that she more than Obama would be the president capable of answering a phone call about a middle-of-the-night crisis:

“I think she had a 3 a.m. moment. She didn’t answer the phone, and I think it absolutely should preclude her from being [president],” he said after detailing what he termed her failings leading up to the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. (His final word was obscured by applause from the strongly anti-Clinton crowd said Decker)

According to Carla Marinucci, reporting for Hearst’s, Senator Paul said he plans to open an office in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the nation's strongest Democratic bastions

Paul said he expects to come to the region "fairly often," and the area makes plenty of sense for a base: "There's a lot of smart people in Silicon Valley, and we want to use their brains to figure out how to win."

But Paul demurred, reports Marinucci, when asked what, exactly, he wants to win.

"Well, for the party, winning nationally," he said. "My goal for the past year has been to try to widen the party message and make the party big enough to win nationally."

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“The Arab Spring,” Benghazi, Egypt, Gaza, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, China, Japan, Philippines, Iraq, Syria, ISIS, ISISL, IS, the Khorasan Group, James Foley, Christians, Druze, Kurds, Yazidis, etc., Central American MS13 pouring over the American border at will, I don’t know about you, but I find Obama’s use of Rand Paul’s theory of U.S. international relations thoroughly amusing! Are Republicans really considering this isolationist for President?