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Cruz: Obama’s View of Federal Power ‘Knows Virtually No Bounds’ (Wants Power to Choose Pastors?)
CNS News ^ | 04/13/2013 | By Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 04/13/2013 7:09:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a report documenting attempted abuses of federal power by the Obama administration on Tuesday, saying the administration “knows virtually no bounds.”

Cruz points to Obama’s own Supreme Court appointees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, to make his case:

"When President Obama’s own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting the Administration’s call for broader federal power six times in just over one year, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama Administration’s view of federal power knows virtually no bounds,” the senator’s report said.

The Obama administration’s over-reaching includes attempts to electronically track Americans without cause and deny churches the right to choose their own ministers.

Cruz, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, said the cases “demonstrate an astonishing view of federal power on behalf of the Obama Administration.”

“If the Department of Justice had won these cases, the federal government would be able to electronically track all of our movements, fine us without a fair hearing, dictate who churches choose as ministers, displace state laws based on the President’s whims, bring debilitating lawsuits against individuals based on events that occurred years ago, and destroy a person’s private property without just compensation,” he said.

“Luckily, we do not have to live in that America,” Cruz added.

In one case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC, the Justice Department argued it “had the right to oversee a church’s choosing of ministers,” which even Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan called “amazing.”

Cruz highlights one exchange between Kagan and Leondra Kruger, a DOJ lawyer, in which Kagan asked, “Do you believe, Ms. Kruger, that a church has a right that’s grounded in the Free Exercise Clause and/or the Establishment Clause to institutional autonomy with respect to its employees?”

“We don’t see that line of church autonomy principles in the Religious Clause jurisprudence as such,” Kruger said.

Kagan, who served as Solicitor General under Obama, said it was “amazing” that DOJ believed that “neither the Free Exercise Clause nor the Establishment Clause has anything to say about a church’s relationship with its own employees.”

The court went on to unanimously reject the DOJ’s claim, saying, “We cannot accept the remarkable view that the Religion Clauses have nothing to say about a religious organization's freedom to select its own ministers.”

In another case, United States v. Jones, the DOJ argued that the federal government could attach a GPS system to a car without cause, despite the Fourth Amendment’s restrictions on unreasonable searches and seizures.

The DOJ said it did not constitute a search because a “GPS system is already in public view and a person should not expect it to be private.” The court again unanimously rejected its claim.

“The Obama Administration, through its Department of Justice, has repeatedly advocated a radical theory of sweeping federal power,” the report says.

Cruz said he will continue to document cases “as long as this Administration continues seeking ways to expand its power in direct violation of Americans’ constitutional rights.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
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1 posted on 04/13/2013 7:09:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Keep it up, Ted!


2 posted on 04/13/2013 7:16:53 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

He’ll pack the Court like FDR.


3 posted on 04/13/2013 7:22:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Viennacon

I’m thinking that if he had run in 2012, O might have been out of a job.


4 posted on 04/13/2013 7:23:25 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

bttt


5 posted on 04/13/2013 7:25:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeekAndFind
Chip your child for 20% more EBT. Special offer this month.

A new day is dawning, comrade.


6 posted on 04/13/2013 7:26:30 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oddly enough, I’m not sure if the “unquenchable lust for power” is all Obama. Contrast him with W. Bush, who effectively ripped away all pretense of a nation of laws and liberty, and created a vast police-intelligence-military state that we had been warned against since Eisenhower, who had himself taken over from the authoritarian regime of FDR and Truman.

What I am saying is that we need a president who will first downgrade the unconstitutional powers of the office of the presidency, then work with congress to downgrade the entire government.

The gradual growth of the “Imperial presidency” has reached a point where presidents have seized all power, there is no power left for them to grab, but they still try.

In a nutshell, every future presidential candidate needs to be asked the question: does the president need more power?

If their answer is “yes”, or even that the current power of the president is sufficient, they are unqualified for the job.

The president that says “enough”, and sets his mind to limit the power of the Leviathan, is the president who will set himself up among the greatest of our leaders.

By his actions he could possibly extend the life of our nation by 100 years. As things are now, the power hungry egotists of both parties are doing their best to destroy our nation.


7 posted on 04/13/2013 7:31:55 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

The State choosing pastors - This is right out of East Germany. Markus Wolf is smiling from Hell.


8 posted on 04/13/2013 7:41:23 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bttt.


9 posted on 04/13/2013 7:42:39 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: SeekAndFind

The federal government recognizes no bounds on its power.

Name one aspect of your life that is NOT regulated, taxed or controlled by the feds. One? From the sheets you sleep between to the water quality in your shower to your morning coffee, everything is regulated.

So what the hell are WE going to do about it?

My guess is ... nothing. Nanny makes us feel safe. Disgusting.


10 posted on 04/13/2013 7:54:42 PM PDT by DNME (If it is time to bury your guns, perhaps it is time to take them out and use them instead.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“If the Department of Justice had won these cases, the federal government would be able to electronically track all of our movements, fine us without a fair hearing, dictate who churches choose as ministers, displace state laws based on the President’s whims, bring debilitating lawsuits against individuals based on events that occurred years ago, and destroy a person’s private property without just compensation,” he said. “Luckily, we do not have to live in that America,” Cruz added.

If dems flood the country with enought illegals - then give them the vote - we WILL have to live in that country...

11 posted on 04/13/2013 8:05:31 PM PDT by GOPJ (New AP term for Illegal Aliens IS Undocumented Democrats.... Jay Leno)
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To: SeekAndFind

The End Times have begun. The Apostate Church is upon us and growing in strength. It is but a matter of time before those of us who teach the truth of God’s word will be persecuted by the world.

If you have friends or relatives who are not saved, then do what you can to convince them of the need to save their soul.

As for the direction of American politics, those who agree with us on the right are fewer and fewer. With the Republicans helping to ram immigration reform and gun control legislation down our throats like the Democrats did with Obamacare, we have lost our chance to ever stop the inevitable.

Hate to be a chicken little, but if you don’t feel the pressure of the sky falling then you are just a fool.


12 posted on 04/13/2013 8:16:11 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: SeekAndFind

You gotta love Ted! I sent him money to fund his election campaign. He is head and shoulders above the douschebag that the RINO establishment wanted!


13 posted on 04/13/2013 8:19:00 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama doesn’t want any limits on his personal power.


14 posted on 04/13/2013 8:40:25 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SeekAndFind

Putin can now appoint governors of Russian provinces.
Obambi has Putin Envy.


15 posted on 04/13/2013 9:10:53 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Luckily, we do not have to live in that America,” Cruz added.

"Yet", I added!!

16 posted on 04/13/2013 9:22:40 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Jimmy Valentine's brother; ExTexasRedhead; Nachum; Mrs. Don-o; EDINVA; ...

Apoplexy ping...


17 posted on 04/13/2013 10:31:35 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Don't believe any rumors in Washington, DC until they are officially denied.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow, bttt


18 posted on 04/13/2013 10:43:18 PM PDT by angelsonmyside
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah well Cruz- if he’s so bad, why are you republicans doing NOTHING to bring investigations into his abuses of power? Stop saying that abotu him and do something- You folks are getting BIG bucks from taxpayers to PREVENT abuses of power- now please do your job!


19 posted on 04/13/2013 11:47:34 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course not; he cut his teeth on the study of Lenin and Stalin and Mao.


20 posted on 04/14/2013 1:17:06 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ... points to Obama’s own Supreme Court appointees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, to make his case: "When President Obama’s own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting the Administration’s call for broader federal power six times in just over one year, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama Administration’s view of federal power knows virtually no bounds,” the senator’s report said... “If the Department of Justice had won these cases, the federal government would be able to electronically track all of our movements, fine us without a fair hearing, dictate who churches choose as ministers, displace state laws based on the President’s whims, bring debilitating lawsuits against individuals based on events that occurred years ago, and destroy a person’s private property without just compensation,” he said... Cruz highlights one exchange between Kagan and Leondra Kruger, a DOJ lawyer, in which Kagan asked, “Do you believe, Ms. Kruger, that a church has a right that’s grounded in the Free Exercise Clause and/or the Establishment Clause to institutional autonomy with respect to its employees?” “We don’t see that line of church autonomy principles in the Religious Clause jurisprudence as such,” Kruger said... The court went on to unanimously reject the DOJ’s claim, saying, “We cannot accept the remarkable view that the Religion Clauses have nothing to say about a religious organization's freedom to select its own ministers.”
That must be why there was 24/7 coverage in all 57 states of the controversy, and discussions about grounds for Zero's impeachment on NPR, PBS, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.


21 posted on 04/14/2013 4:35:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Fell off my chair. Danger lurks in every corner.


22 posted on 04/14/2013 4:44:20 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (01-21-13, Obama declares war on The Constitution of the United States)
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To: SeekAndFind
It amazes me, actually, that while the Obama Administration is hell-bent on destroying us all, the Free Republic Religion Forum is (too often) hell-bent on destroying each other.

Know what I mean?

23 posted on 04/14/2013 8:33:41 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (" If they refuse to listen even to the Church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The Demoncrats are getting cocky. It is apparent even at the local level. In the rural city I live in Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Mayor and City Council is doing many aspects against the rule of the law.
1. council members have been serving while in violation of state statutes - 2 taxpayers contacted the Attorney General’s Office about legality turned over to County prosecuting Attorney - both council members had to resign.
2. council meet, short of 2 council members and eliminated 1/2 of the police force without having a quorum of voters to make for the vote legally sought after. 2 taxpayers have sought an injunction through said prosecuting attorney’s office.
3. Mayor whom serves on the downtown development authority spent money foolishly on a property that he taxpayers did not want.

This is just three examples there are more coming to light.


24 posted on 04/14/2013 8:52:14 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: SeekAndFind
In one case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC, the Justice Department argued it “had the right to oversee a church’s choosing of ministers,” which even Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan called “amazing.”
 
 
Same Ol'...


"...who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world, and through all time;
 
...
 
 that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order; and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them. "
 
"I HAVE SWORN UPON THE ALTAR OF GOD ETERNAL HOSTILITY TO EVERY FORM OF TYRANNY OVER THE MIND OF MAN"
--The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom
--Thomas Jefferson, 1786
 

25 posted on 04/14/2013 9:45:13 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s not stupid. He’s got an end game that will somehow give him absolute power. He might be crazy, but not stupid.


26 posted on 04/14/2013 12:00:23 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Are you speaking of the National Crisis Yet To Come that will require elections to be cancelled?


27 posted on 04/14/2013 2:58:02 PM PDT by N-R-T (aka NewRome Tacitus)
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To: OneVike

You called it correctly. Very correctly.


28 posted on 04/14/2013 7:18:15 PM PDT by SisterK (as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the ping!


29 posted on 04/14/2013 8:37:24 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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