Skip to comments.Cruz: Obama’s View of Federal Power ‘Knows Virtually No Bounds’ (Wants Power to Choose Pastors?)
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 Obamas own Supreme Court appointees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, to make his case:
"When President Obamas own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting the Administrations call for broader federal power six times in just over one year, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama Administrations view of federal power knows virtually no bounds, the senators report said.
The Obama administrations 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 Presidents whims, bring debilitating lawsuits against individuals based on events that occurred years ago, and destroy a persons 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 churchs 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 thats grounded in the Free Exercise Clause and/or the Establishment Clause to institutional autonomy with respect to its employees?
We dont 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 churchs relationship with its own employees.
The court went on to unanimously reject the DOJs 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 Amendments 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.
Keep it up, Ted!
He’ll pack the Court like FDR.
I’m thinking that if he had run in 2012, O might have been out of a job.
A new day is dawning, comrade.
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.
The State choosing pastors - This is right out of East Germany. Markus Wolf is smiling from Hell.
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.
If dems flood the country with enought illegals - then give them the vote - we WILL have to live in that country...
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.
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!
Obama doesn’t want any limits on his personal power.
Putin can now appoint governors of Russian provinces.
Obambi has Putin Envy.
"Yet", I added!!
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!
Of course not; he cut his teeth on the study of Lenin and Stalin and Mao.