I took the last couple of days off to collect my thoughts and recharge. The big news of last week was President Obama’s decision to make four recess appointments while congress was still in session under a procedural rule called pro forma. This pro forma rule was first implemented in 2007 via a senate controlled by the Democrats to prevent then President Bush from making any recess appointments. Following the advice of his lawyers, President Bush decided that any appointments made during the pro forma session would indeed violate the constitution. Article I, section 5 of the constitution clearly states that each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings.
When the senate crafted this pro forma procedural rule in 2007 it was and is perfectly legal per the constitution; however the President’s actions in making these appointments are not legal. Congress was still in session when he made these unauthorized appointments. A few so-called constitutional experts have argued that the President has the constitutional authority to make these appointments because Article II, section 3 authorizes the Executive Branch the power to adjourn both Houses when there is a Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment. This argument might be somewhat valid if there was an actual disagreement as to the time of adjournment; however there is not because they were not in a state of adjournment. The House did not adjourn the session so the time of adjournment is not in question. Think about it, if the President has the power to just adjourn the congress whenever he sees fit then what would be the point of needing the advice and consent of the senate when making departmental appointments. Additionally by ignoring the will of the senate and house the President is actually ignoring the will of the states (senate) and the will of the people (house). This is why we cannot remain silent in regards to the President’s actions.
Many of you might believe we’re splitting hairs here, but you need to understand that a republic is held together by its rules and procedures. It is the glue that keeps the republic intact and when they are ignored or violated the republic begins to come undone. When we the people allow one branch of government (Executive) to run roughshod over another (Legislative) without so much as a word, then we are allowing tyranny to gain a foothold. It matters very little if you fall on the left or right, or are a Republican or Democrat, each of us has a responsibility to act on behalf of our children, our constitution, and our republic. Liberty is worth preserving!
Below are some fantastic conservative links that have done an outstanding job covering the weekly news stories. If you want to join the ranks of the informed I encourage you to visit them. So tee it up and enjoy another SENTRY JOURNAL round at the LINKs.
The Constitution...Still the Law of the Land.
A Conservative Teacher: Unemployment Rate Drop Obscures Reality of US Employment?
Ace of Spades: Lefties Wet Their Pants Thinking about Post-Obama America
Adrienne’s Corner: Newt Gingrich nails it…
American Glob: Shocker: Elizabeth “Occupy” Warren Is Taking Wall Street Cash
American Perspective: Obama is not “Bad Like Bush”
America’s Watchtower: Barack Obama names recess appointees…
ARRA News Service: Occupy Movement has a new Target… Our Children
Atlas Shrugs: Chief Liar? Liar in Chief
Big Journalism: The Media Blasts Republicans While Obama Destroys Nation
Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead: The Muslim Brotherhood, Facebook And You–Yes, You
Bread upon the Waters: Obama and the I-Word
BUNKERVILLE: Obama’s third Party ‘Americans Elect’ to steal election?
Capitol Commentary: The Jihad Against Christians Goes Unreported in the West
Catholibertarian: Epiphany: God Became Manifest in Sending Jesus to Save All
COMMON CENTS: Who are the Real Extremists?
Conservative Hideout 2.0: An Interesting SOPA Video
Doug Ross@Journal: Mark Levin and Sarah Palin unable to gauge true conservatism
EYE OF POLYPHEMUS: Alec Baldwin Used Potential NYC Mayoral Run as Bargaining Tool…
Fuzzy Logic: Glenn on “Chairman Obama”
J O S H U A P U N D I T: So Now, It’s ‘Recovery Winter’!!
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Rick Santorum shortens libertarians
Liberty At Stake: LAS 2011 Review & 2012 Preview (Part 3 of 4)
Maggie’s Notebook: Obama Signing Statement: Can Use Ominbus Funding for Gun Control Ads
Manhattan Infidel: Iowa! White People! Caucuses!
Mind Numbed Robot: Why I Love Texans
Moonbattery: Public Schools and the Erasure of Christianity
Motorcitytimes: Economic Snowballs
NoOneOfAnyImport: File This Under: The Price of Over Regulation
Nuke’s: Happy birthday Bowie
Pirate’s Cove: Emperor Obama Decides To Change Immigration Rules Without Congress
Political Clown Parade: A Not So Kodak Moment
Political Realities: Ron Paul – On to New Hampshire and Beyond
Proof Positive: Bamboozler-in-Chief Strikes Again!
Randy’s Roundtable: It May Already Be Too Late
Right Klik: SpiceGirl-in-Chief
Right Truth: Iran Building Rocket Bases In Venezuela And More
rjjrdq’s America II: Obama Proposes Hardship Amnesty
Robbing America: Ron Paul Is No Titan Saturn – No Third Party Run
Say Anything Blog: Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste, North Dakota Style
Spellchek: The New Articles of Confederation
teresamerica: A Rant on the Wussification of America
That Mr. G Guy’s Blog: It Was A Bad Idea
THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS: THEY’RE COMING FOR OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH…
The Camp Of The Saints: Frump FAIL
The Classic Liberal: Did Ron Paul Win Iowa?
The Country Thinker: Country Thinker on the Survival Podcast
The Daley Gator: The Audacity of Obama
The Libertarian Patriot: About Obama’s “Recess” Appointments
The Lonely Conservative: Obama’s NLRB Appointees Weren’t Even on List of Nominees
THE OTHER McCAIN: Crowder’s 11 Scandals In 2011
The Reaganite Republican: Why is Newt SO ANGRY?
THE rightscoop: DNC Chair squirms when challenged over Solyndra & Obama’s one-term proposition
The TexasFred Blog: Secretaries of Education and Labor Met With Illegal Aliens
Thomas Jefferson Club: Negotiating With Terrorists
TOTUS: Bye Bye Congress
Virgina Right: Mitt Romney Is Just as Conservative as Scott Brown!
WARD WORLD: Dear Voters, Vote For Romney, You Idiots. Love, the Establishment GOP
WESTERN HERO: The NDAA and You
What Would The Founders Think: Addendum to Confronting Terror
WyBlog: Obama’s gift to the Taliban: A Gitmo Get Out Of Jail Free Card
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." Edmund Burke
Once again thanks for all the outstanding articles. Have a great week!
Liberty forever, freedom for all!