"It's hard to imagine exactly what his goal is because when you talk to him one on one, he sounds reasonable and like he's not trying to transform America into some socialist nightmare,” Paul said.
“However, when you look at his policies, one after another they are sort of transformative — changing us from a country that has a marketplace and freedom of choice to a country that is stifled by coercion and mandates.”
Paul further accused Obama of doing "blithely whatever he thinks he can get away with" due to the president’s insistence that he’ll act on his own to implement policies if Congress won’t pass legislation to do so.
The president is also abusing his power, according to Paul, by refusing to enforce parts of the Affordable Care Act and certain immigration laws.
“There doesn't seem to be any acknowledgement of restraint that the Constitution and the rule of law restrains him in any way,” Paul continued.
Over the last few weeks, Obama has been saying that 2014 is going to be a “year of action” for his administration, using executive actions to implement policies, which is what Paul was condemning during Wednesday’s interview.
Obama’s supporters, though, have expressed their approval for the president’s attempts to move around Congress.
“In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment,” Jackson Lee said at a press conference late last month where she and other Democrats announced the launch of the Full Employment Caucus.
Liberal MSNBC political commentator Chris Matthews condemned critics of the president, comparing those who disapprove of Obama’s executive actions to those who doubt that he was born in the United States.
“I think it’s a second-term birtherism — he was illegitimately elected, now he’s behaving illegitimately,” Matthews said on his show last week. “They want to put an asterisk next to this guy; he really wasn’t a law-abiding or even legitimately elected president.”