Edwin Meese

Edwin Meese, who served as Ronald Reagan's attorney general, says President Obama's appointments are unconstitutional. Photo: Chas Geer

President Obama’s attempted recess appointments this week are blatantly unconstitutional and pose a threat to America’s constitutional structure, Heritage Foundation legal scholars Ed Meese and Todd Gaziano write in Friday’s Washington Post.

Meese and Gaziano explain:

President Obama’s attempt to unilaterally appoint three people to seats on the National Labor Relations Board and Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (after the Senate blocked action on his nomination) is more than an unconstitutional attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role. It is a breathtaking violation of the separation of powers and the duty of comity that the executive owes to Congress.

The question of recess appointments is not a political matter and is not, as the White House suggests, about “gimmicks,” Meese and Gaziano argue. Instead, it’s about the fundamental framework of government our Founders designed to protect individual liberty:

If Congress does not resist, the injury is not just to its branch but ultimately to the people. James Madison made clear that the separation of powers was not to protect government officials’ power for their sake but as a vital check on behalf of individual liberty. To prevent future tyrannical usurpations of power, Congress must act to redress this serious threat to our liberty.

Read the whole article.

Heritage experts have been taking to the airwaves and print media since President Obama’s announcement of the appointments to explain their problematic nature.

By ensuring our experts’ principled arguments are available in leading outlets like the Washington Post, we can reach broad audiences who may otherwise hear only liberal voices–and change the nature of the debate.

What do you think of these “recess appointments?”

Comments (346)

mareen waterman - January 6, 2012

The President counts among his friends Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. They governed as he would like to.

David Kinley - January 6, 2012

A blatant powergrab and sickening play to get important re-election votes from those organizations!

Patrick Sefton - January 6, 2012

Recess appointments are alright when the House and Senate are not in season. This would work well if Rick Perry’s idea of part-time legislators occur. But, the Senate is not out of session, so the President can not make these appointments.

Jim Buckner - January 6, 2012

Pardon the colloquial language but,
D’uh, everybody knows this. The question is what is the recourse, under the constitution, when Congress sits on its hands and refuses to act?

reno - January 6, 2012

They should impeach the President, barring that do what Newt suggests and not fund them.

Robert Mounts - January 6, 2012

I am horrified at the absense of a response and leadership form everyone, most of all the conservatives – other than a few like Heritage.

byron berry - January 6, 2012

I’m sorry we have a dictator in training not a President.

David Stephens - January 6, 2012

I’m mad as hell about the appointments but I am twice as mad that it seems congress is bending over and taking this usurpation. We are now effectively ruled by a dictator who flaunts HIS sovereignty with signs that say “We can’t wait” He publicly pisses on the constitution and I don’t feel any public outrage. Sieg Heil Obama

Danielle C. Gleason - January 6, 2012

Obama continues to flaunt his authority and exceed his authority and he continues to ignore the Constitution and the Congress. WHY ISN’T HE BEING STOPPED???

Andy Kaplan - January 6, 2012

A question for Heritage:

What realistic options does Congress have or do the voters have to fight these recess appointments?

I have read that citizens effected by future rules of the Consumer Agency can sue alleging that the rules are not valid because the Director was not properly approved by the Senate. This will take years to wind through the Courts.

Are there any other actions that can be taken to stop this right now?

Thank you

Leonard W. Roth - January 6, 2012

This a disgusting effort by a disgusting person to once again ignore the Constitution and operate his own little calipate. Does anyone on Capital Hill have the guts to challenge this action?

Olen Greer - January 6, 2012

I believe these appointments are unconstitutional. I think impeachment proceedings should begin before we wind up with a dictatorship.

Bruce Niehm - January 6, 2012

I think this President is not following our Constitution and he should be sued by the Congress. I hope all members of Congress who support our Constitution force him to do what he must. No President is above our laws! He is not a dictator!

Brian - January 6, 2012

These are dangerous times when the president diregards the rule of law to pass his agenda.

Linton F. Banwell - January 6, 2012

Keep buying ammo!

Don - January 6, 2012

What is a President to do? Our founders had no idea we would go off the deep end and not even attempt to cooperate or govern in good faith. Democrats don’t want to approve a Republican Presidents appointments and Republicans don’t want to approve a Democrat Presidents appointments and in the mean time the country goes to Hell. We need to get all of them out of office.

Margaret Arnold - January 6, 2012

Pres. Obama is grabbing power whenever and whereever he can. He needs to be stopped. These so-called “recess appointments” are definitely unconstitutional and they need to be rescinded.

larry welch - January 6, 2012

These brazen “appointments” add to the growing list of impeachable attacks on the Constitution.

G Primm - January 6, 2012

The point is – What will be done about this? What can be done about this?
Do not just talk – DO SOMETHING!

Jim Walling - January 6, 2012

Frankly I’m not suprised by his continued disregard for the rule of law and the Constitution. His track record over the last three years leads me to believe he will continue to disregard the Congress. I only hope that they (Congress) have the intestinal fortitude to somehow censure the president and void his appointments. However, I will not hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

Bob Walter - January 6, 2012

It is a total sham and further evidence of this Presidents disdain for our Constitution and the rule of law. As stated by our first President, “We must Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism”. Congress needs to act in defense of our Constitution as it is quite obvious that this President has no such intent. Impeach!!

denise smith - January 6, 2012

obama thinks he is a dictator and if we allow this we will not have a system of checks and balances

Jim Johnson - January 6, 2012

I am sure these appointments are unconstitutional. My question is what can we do about it? As far as I can tell there is only one option and I doubt if the Republicans have the guts to do it, not even to uphold the Constitution.

That only option is for the Republicans in both the Senate and the House to filibuster EVERY bill that is put before them until such time as obama rescinds the appointments. At some point we have to stop this mans dictatorial take over of OUR government and force him to operate within the bounds of the Rule of Law. As President Reagan said “If not now then when?”

A very real problem is the Republicans do not have the guts to stand up and demand the Constitution be adhered to. These same politicians expect our soldiers to put their lives on the line, yet they will not put their careers on the line. Honestly, it sickens me.

Robert E. Solum - January 6, 2012

Obama is a criminal he doesn’t care what his opponents think of him he will continue to act outside the law and will do more and more outrageous things until some one grabs him by the scruff of the neck and says no more. Wimpy namby pamby threats mean nothing to him and they shouldn’t. This guy needs a serious wake up call.

Daen - January 6, 2012

These weren’t “recess” appointments because there was no recess. Just defund this new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the NLRB and be done with it. What is so tough about that house republicans?

Ellen - January 6, 2012

Immediately impeach Obama!! He has openly stated he will do what he wants through executive order and will not work with Congress. He needs to go, sooner rather than later.

Gerald Greenamyer - January 6, 2012

Is there no one in Congress with the stones to initiate impeachment proceedings against this guy? This is a blatant violation of the constitution. No wonder the American public is fed up with Congress! When are they going to get off their butts and do their sworn duty to uphold the constitution.

John - January 6, 2012

I thought we had rules for impeachment that cover “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” What is congress afraid of? I can guess; can you?

“I’ve got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. And I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people we were elected to serve. Not with so much at stake, not at this make-or-break moment for the middle class.”

Louis Fougere - January 6, 2012

Obama continues to act like a third-world dictator and/or a Chicago thug. Is our congress too timid to resist and call him up on his disgusting behavior? Impeachment looks more and more like a good idea.

LF Fougere

Calvin Willis - January 6, 2012

I agree the ‘appointments’ are unconstitutional, in addition to hypocritical.
So what is Heritage going to do about it?!?!?!

Obama needs to be sued, and right now.

Francisca Parot - January 6, 2012

Impeach Obama, it is over due or we will pay a huge price for all the lawless acts he has endure, if The House do not impeach Obama I believe then we have no hope in this country, the world is laughting at us, they are looking how the president sued a state for imposing federal law, then how we dare to ask for id to vote etc…and on and on…….this man is criminal, where are the true id and records of this guy???????are you are going to get awway again in his eleccions?????? I do not know in what planet I am living, I am disgusted!!!!!!!

Richard Hunter - January 6, 2012

Obama’s actions, unconstitutional as they clearly are, are impeachable offenses. Whether the Congress actually initiates impeachment action against the President or not, notice must be given that (1) he must retract these appointments, and (2) any further such violations of the Constitution will not be tolerated by the Congress or the American people. With the Senate still under Democrat control, likelihood of a successful impeachment is not high, and even if it were, the outcome would leave us with a President Biden. Which is preferable?

Bill Lyons - January 6, 2012

Here is a comment I sent to my local paper.

Presidential Appointments – Proposal for a Solution Sent

The President has made “interim” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The appointment to the CFPB was previously considered by the Senate and rejected. The President has now chosen this questionable approach to “working together with Congress” by interpreting the rules in a way he previously criticized, and which most scholars consider illegal.

This perhaps is hoped to gain him support from his base, and also to serve as a foil to take our attention away from other matters.

I, for one, see a bright side. Such a precedent would surely apply in the future to any president. Surely, our President and his party would not object to the use of his precedent in the future. Or would they?

Of course, this should, and probably will, go to the courts for review. But we all know how long this can take, and how unreliable it can be. Meanwhile the immediate damage done by these “illegal” appointees can lead to the further decline of our nation.

Perhaps we need a better solution. I propose that the Congress enact, in an appropriate way, legislation which would provide that any appointment made by a President which has not been approved by Congress should be considered void if not approved by both houses of Congress within 60 days. If both houses should reject the appointment sooner, the appointment would be immediately void. Any recess appointment by the President in the future to the same position would be void.

This would allow for truly short term emergencies, while maintaining the constitutional balance of powers between these co-equal branches. We do not need to move toward a dictatorship.

Further Comment:

Perhaps our President’s action is an example of the meaning of his words when he spoke of “healing the wounds” and “working together with Congress”. I wish someone would publish a summary showing the meaning of the President’s promising words as interpreted by his actions. The list should begin with “Hope” and “Change”.

Lawton Grantham - January 6, 2012

Talk is Cheap!!
I have heard several big shots state that what he did was wrong and unconstitutional. But so far, no one seems willing to challenge his appointments in the courts. I would if I had the resources but I don’t. However, I will be happy to donate to a legal fund to do just that if you folks decide to take him to court.

Kristine Mosora - January 6, 2012

I’m livid!!!! We have got to undo this and vote this Marxist out!!

Anne - January 6, 2012

I think “somebody” should enforce our Constitution. Are there no MEN in our elected Government officials?

Bill Lyons - January 6, 2012

How do I respond to this?

Carol Hile - January 6, 2012

This president and his administration tzars play by their own rules, they are in charge of the ball at all times. We on the other hand REACT when the ball is tossed to us like sheep in the corral and wait for directions from others, someone to Save us while never looking to ourselves. Thanks to Heritage Foundation, Judical Watch and others who catch the ball and run for the TD.
the President throws tons of crap on the wall knowing that enough will stick that will grant him all or most of what he wants……….More People of our country need to get on the field and play the “game” to WIN which is the only reason for playing the game!

Leonard Hartman - January 6, 2012

Time to fine out if the Republican Congressional members are Tigers or Pussy Cats.

Dennis Hoorn - January 6, 2012

What remedies exist for the House or Senate to block these illeagal appointmenst? How do we rein in this madman in the white house?

Jim Young - January 6, 2012

Who is going to protect the constitation? It seems that this administration ignores the constitation and no one is able to put an end to these actions. Please tell me what can be done and what will be done and who’s job it is to stop it.

Robert A Inabinette - January 6, 2012

Congress should override Obama but John Boehner has been gutless and let Obama do anything he wants. The new Republicans that the Tea Party got elected have been voiceless.

Mark Van Walbeck - January 6, 2012

Pres. Obama is a tratitor to this once proud country and it’s history. He is by passing the Constitution at will! How can this happen? Where are the laws and why aren’t they being enforced? He has to be stopped and way before the November election!

Robert A Inabinette - January 6, 2012

Congress should override Obama as this is a bad appointment. John Boehner has been gutless and lets Obama have anything he wants. The Tea Party Republicans have been voiceless. If they don’t shape up then we should ship them out in November along with Boehner.

Patrick M Eaton - January 6, 2012

In my opinion this action by Obama is impeachable. He swore to uphold the constitution and is blatantly abusing this. It is important that something be done or he will keep doing other more outrageous things. This guy is out of control and thinks he can do as he pleases.

Art Chandler - January 6, 2012

Mr. Obama is low enough to try anything to implement his agenda. Would put nothing passed him. He should rightly be impeached. He had nothing in his portfolio to justify his election as president. He hoodwinked the voters that put him in office.

Jim Griggs - January 6, 2012

Hopefully, no one is surprised by the Chicago style governing coming from the garbage filled swamp that is the White House.

Eustace R. Lake - January 6, 2012

I agree and I believe the the Heritage Foundation should file suit to that fact.

Lionel B. Dyck - January 6, 2012

I concur that the appointments violate the US Constitution and this should result in an impeachment given that the appointments violate the oath to ‘protect and defend’ the Constitution.

GetHimOut - January 6, 2012

Simply…Impeach him. Now.

L. Wilson - January 6, 2012

The Republicans should do what is necessary to get this resovled. What is wrong with them? Not only is this wrong but so are they by letting this pass!

susan baker - January 6, 2012

Article 2 Section 2 paragraph 3. Not only was the Senate not recessed, but there was not a vacancy that occurred during such a recess. The parameters are clear. Since the President did not pay attention to that part, I’m sure he won’t have the appointees step down at the end of the current congressional session either. Will Congress just accept this??

Sammy Morris - January 6, 2012

How does one be respectful to a person who has no respect
for our constitution.

Stephen H. Pulliam - January 6, 2012

With ever-increasing hubris, this president reveals, yet again, his absolute contempt for the U.S. Constitution and its standards, which he is under oath to uphold. If he will try this in the run-up to an election, it defies the imagination to guess what he would do if he were re-elected and had nothing to lose.

tom - January 6, 2012

If the congress does not deal with these appointments quickly they are just opening the doors for more of the same. Let’s see where the democratic members come down on this.

Greg Malinak - January 6, 2012

Obama has shown us his true colors with this bypassing of Congress. He never wanted to be the leader for the people, only an Emperor of the country. Given four more years, he will transform the U.S. and make himself our dictator.

Congress is the representatives of the people. By doing this he is ignoring the people for his own gain, not the people. The repubiclicans need to stand up, and stop letting his administration walk all over the constitution. Even if they don’t have the power, they need to show resistance or else it will continue get worse.

Leroy G - January 6, 2012

The House should advise the President to withdraw the nominations, and if he does not the House should proceed to prepare an indictment for impeachment.

David R Jaynes - January 6, 2012

The man occupying the White House is in the traditional sense not an American. He has no love for the country in which you and I grew up, no respect for the values and traditions of our past and no respect for our laws. I pray earnestly every evening that we can rescue our land from this tyrant and beg the Lord to awaken our people so that we will not be led astray from one who is definitely a wolf in sheeps clothing. God bless and rescue America.

Stanley Kline - January 6, 2012

My concern is, Obama will install these “recess appointments” and thumb his nose at the constiution and the Senate will agrree with him and do nothing. The House of Representatives will be unable to reverse the action and the DOJ and the Attorney General will not get involved. So Obama wins and the country loses one more Constiutional right. If Obama can win this then the Constiution has lost its significance as the protector of freedom for the American people.

Dave Zornes - January 6, 2012

When are Congress and the American people going to wake up and realize that Obama should be thrown out of office for trying to ingnore our constitution.He acts like a dictator and the media prostitutes for him go right along with it.GOD deliver our country from his evil plans.

Stephen L. Havay - January 6, 2012

If thus the case which I firmly believe. When will the arrest warants be issued for violating the oath of office? Words mean nothing legal action with prosecution means everything.

Robert L Hunt Jr - January 6, 2012

When will someone have the courage or decency to bring and pursue articles of impeachment against Obama??? When it is too late, when he has stolen all our freedom and usurped all power unto himself????

We desperately need a leader with courage and integrity, who isn’t afraid to stand up to Obama and who genuinely cares about the constitution and our country and not about winning elections and keeping his bennies….. Where o’ where is that leader????

rowley - January 6, 2012

This is a crime against the USA and We the People?
Is our only recourse to call for our state to consider the constitution nullified by the Fed. Gov. and proceed as a separate Nation. We do not even need to secede because the contract with the USA has been broken by the Executive Branch of Gov. and neither the Legislative or Judicial branch has taken action against the President to preserve our Constitutional Government.

Sylvan Litz - January 6, 2012

By taking the unconstitutional act of making these appointments when the Senate was not in recess, President Obama violated his oath of office. If that is not an impeachable offense, I don’t know what is.

Lee Burns - January 6, 2012

Obviously no one is going to step up to the unenviable task of leading the charge to slap this tyrannical “leader” down to his knees. The public must be made aware by all possible means of this man’s arrogance and complete disregard for the constitution. At all costs we must prevent another four years of this lunacy. V O T E for anyone but the Democratic incumbents. The Senate too is complicit.

miriam maldonado - January 6, 2012

I think hes out of control, and hes going to keep pushing it as far as he can. He needs to be stopped, hes going to cause as much damage as he can to our economy while hes still in office.

David Ryskamp - January 6, 2012

Can and will anything be done? It appears to me that we have a dictator in the White House, and the question is if anything will be done to expose it to the public. Certainly not by the “lamestream” media, and I question if there are any Republicans (or Democrats) with the courage and conviction to grab a microphone and challenge the dictator in chief.

Dale Pierce - January 6, 2012

So why have impeachment proceedings not begun?
It seems presidents have been impeached for less than blowing off the Constitution and assuming tyranical powers.
This criminal needs to spend a few decades in Lubyanka Prison.

Judith L Jones - January 6, 2012

Should be legally fought and Obama should be impeached for his past actions and continiing actions.

Radman - January 6, 2012

I could not have spoken the truth more succinctly than the first quote in the article. My question is: “When will the House members collectively ‘man up’ and draft Articles of Impeachment for Barack Obama?” In the last 3 years there have been dozens of acts perpetrated by this president that undoubtably constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Unless he is stopped he will continue with his promised plans for a “fundamental transformation” of America to a socialist state. Believe it!

Mike - January 6, 2012

I think impeachment is the only answer to this violation of the Constitution. Of course the democrat hacks in the Senate would not do their job and find him guilty.

Bill - January 6, 2012

It goes against conventional “wisdom” but I think that Obama is appeasing the union bosses (where the money is) by the appointment of the three people to the NLRB and will now feel that he can either cancel the Keystone XL pipeline or figure out some way to further delay it. That way he has gotten himself out of the box of having to decide which group he is going to anger but instead is now satisfying both the unions and environmentalists, although having to ignore the Constitution to do it. Also, doesn’t the Senate (and House) make their own rules as to what constitutes a recess? It is not up to the Executive or for that matter the Judiciary, to make these rules. The answer is not for the court to rule but rather for the Senate to assert its role. They should have a vote to declare the appointments null, and even if Reid prevents it at least you have him on record. Alternatively, Senators can just declare that they will not honor the appointments and since Congress creates laws, not the Executive branch, any work done by these agencies will not have the force of law. Obama’s actions closely resemble that of the Honduran dictator who he supported.

Rob Woodruff - January 6, 2012

I’m outraged by the president’s blatant attack on the Constitution! Of course this is not the first time that he has arrogantly tried to operate independently, ignoring the will of the people. He needs to be reigned in!! What is the congress doing about this?

Christel - January 6, 2012

If Congress doesn’t get off their dead and lazy asses and take action on the Dictator’s current set of attacks on our Constitution…..we’ll all pay a heavy price, once again, for their POOR HANDLING OF EVERYTHING. Passing Obama was the BIGGEST travesty they could have inflicted on the American people. And it just keeps going on and on. RECYCLE CONGRESS….THROW THEM OUT WITH THE TRASH….AND OBAMA NEXT TO FOLLOW FOR THE ‘HEAP’. Just makes me want to puke !!!! And they wonder why they have such a horrible rating with the public. They get what they deserve….OUT, OUT, OUT !!!!

Ralph & Mary Kay Duerden - January 6, 2012

They are totally wrong and unconstitutional and they need to leave their appointed offices,…Ha, along with Obama who has done more damage to this country than anyone else.

R Gadd - January 6, 2012

I am not surprised at this action by the President, he has warned of such actions in numerous presentations – I do hope that I will not be disappointed in the House and look forward to their reining in this dismantling of our Constitution. These events when looked as if part of a plan are very concerning, America had best wake up, stop taking the hand outs and get back to work.

Gregory M Vincent - January 6, 2012

I have written to my 2 Senators, pressing them for Obama’s impeachment. If we the people allow this to go unchallenged, we have surrendered to a dictatorship. I am casting about to find what else I can do.

J Bryan Jensen - January 6, 2012

This proves we have a dictator not a president in the white house. Come on congress, get him out of there NOW. If you aren’t or can’t do it for some unknown reason, lets go Marines. You swore an oath to defend our constitution against domestic enemies. If we don’t have a domestic enemy working like a tasmanian devil to destroy our constitution, then there is no such a thing as a domestic enemy. Soon the USMC will have their legs cut out from under them and won’t be able to protect Americans any more. Something has to give or we won’t have the United States of America any more. What an unspeakable tragedy for all our solders in all those wars to have died in vain because we don’t have the intestinal fortitude of our founders to protect that priceless jewel, our Constitution, from the terminal attack it is under.

Terry Christian - January 6, 2012

What actions are available to stop this arrogance and “stupid is what stupid does”? He obviously doesn’t understand. Is it time for pitchforks and muskets? I’d like to hear a reply since everyone else is asking as well.

Terry C.

Sylvia Berggren - January 6, 2012

Obama’s “not recess appointment” is typical of his abuse of power since he has been elected. He proceeds as if there is no congress. He acts like a dictator, and certainly seem to admire the ones who are dictators. When is congress going to put a stop to his abuse of power?

Walter Pazik - January 6, 2012

While I think Obama’s behavior is despicable for more reasons than just his unconstitutional appointments, I am outraged by the Congresses’ and Courts’ unconstitutional laws and judgments foisted on Americans for decades. Had the Congress and the Court adhered to the Constitution over past decades, no president would act as did Obama, and indeed it is a certainty that Obama would not be president. We have an aristocracy, the Political Class; we are getting to look like Russia. 1776 Redux

R. Lombard - January 6, 2012

Of course, unconstitutional. Now, what, if anything, is the Congress going to do about it? They’ll complain, cry “foul”, cry, pout, stamp their feet, say “unfair”, then fade away and do nothing of any substance to stand up to the President. ‘Tis what they’ve always done and McConnell and Boehner don’t have the backbone (esp. McConnell) to do anything about it.

Ken Marx - January 6, 2012

My representative is talking about withholding funding, but I think it’s more serious than that. After all the things President Obama has done to trash this country, I think he has now placed the straw on the camel that broke his back. It’s time to impeach this would be dictator. Whether or not the Senate will convict, the house must initiate that procedure. It’s time, folks!

Eric Evans - January 6, 2012

They are a blantant disregard of the Legal Process and the Constitutional Powers…. if he is not stopped on this, what will he do in the next 11 months of his illegal term. Where is the Republican Power in House and Senate. They should be all over this like an invasion from Iran!!!!

Thomas Berquist - January 6, 2012

This action clearly unconstitutional. House must act immediately to require Federal courts to handle NRLB activity. Take away their power. The Consumer appointee action is clearly unconstitutional and the Senate must take this action to court now. If Obama continues to get away with these actions there will be no stopping him in 2012 and beyond.

Bill Bowman - January 6, 2012

It is an outrage that the Republican Party cannot mount an effective challenge to this president’s behavior … If we can not stop this nonsense … if we can’t inform the broad electorate … we are the losers … Bill Bowman

William Briggs - January 6, 2012

This president is knowingly violating the constitution that he swore to “Protect and Defend”. This is one more example of his contempt for our country and its people.

gary sharp - January 6, 2012

obama declared himself the fourth best president. now this fool wants to be king. along with knowing about the atf selling of guns to drug dealers, now he has clearly, right in front of the whole world, violated the constitution- Article II, Section 5. time to draw articles of impeachment.

Sam Snyder PhD - January 6, 2012

Along with everything else this incompetent malignat narcissist does, he has committed more high crimes and misdomeaners than all Presidents combined!

Gilbert Doan - January 6, 2012

Appalling – and contemptible.
But scarcely surprising……..

ArthurBell - January 6, 2012

The man should be removed from office.He knows {or should know} better than that. He’s an egomaniac.

Jack Tirrell - January 6, 2012

For a “constitutional scholar” President Obama is attempting to change its content and intent to give more power to the presidency. It’s not only unconstitutional it’s unethical.

Gary Goodenow - January 6, 2012

Should not stand but our lifeless Republican leadership will do nothing as usual.

arty6164 - January 6, 2012

Since entering office Obama has done practically every thing he can to make the Constitution and Congress irrelevant and subserviant to his aims to dismantle this country. Now he is cutting back on our ability to defend ourselves and at the same time talking about sharing our missle defense secrets with Russia. Has he not been violating the oath of office which he swore to? Over and over? Are there no members of Congress with the guts to say enough is enough?

Brent - January 6, 2012

This is not the first time “King Obama” has flaunted the constitution – He should be impeached!!

Paul Lemon - January 6, 2012

The question remains: What are the Senate Republicans going to do?

Larry Youngblood - January 6, 2012

Recess appoints have happened for 200 years…some constitutional and many not.

Bush did do these appointments when the Senate was actually in recess; this was unconstitutional as well for Bush’s vacancies did not “…HAPPEN DURING the recess of the Senate” . Some may say…”oh the appointment would have happened anyway”…not with John Bolton for the UN

Obama has proceeded effectively arguing that the Senate’s quasi off and on meetings every 3rd day was a sham to keep him from making recess appointments (good reasoning and conclusion)…but these recess appointments are still, again unconstitutional. The vacancies did not “HAPPEN DURING”…

Unless someone files suit, Obama will win because we let Bush do something similar(and Clinton, and Bush….and so on to Jefferson, Adams and Washington)….the major point is that Bush and Most All Presidents before betrayed the constitution and its original meaning. The original meaning was changed, acquiesced to by friendly Senators and Senators who never read or understood the original meaning of the vacancy clause.

In the early Post revolution years, the Senate was expected and did meet at times only 3 months out of the year and went home to do their farming or other business (like Perry wants to do today with Congress). It was DURING these RECESSES that the Constitution provides that if the vacancies HAPPEN (active verb like occur) ; DURING (meaning while) ; as the Senate is in recess) RECESS is an action taken by the Senate with the approval of the House. Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist papers agrees…though hard to read.

Today, the Senate does interim recesses often but can/ could get back to Washington during an appointment if necessary probably within two days. This was not possible in 1790-very recently – say 1940. We should have fought this battle when the misinterpretation first occurred, but… with George Washington doing it, and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson… the original meaning slipped away via partisan acquiescence. Essentially, the constitution was amended by ignoring. (actually, there were some pretty nasty battles in 1800, but not many study the times these days.). Andrew Jackson fired most of his staff DURING a recess so he could get a new staff without going through the congress….Andrew Jackson understood clearly the true meaning of the Vacancy Clause of the constitution and the Constitution…(but don’t ever mention that to any Native Americans)

This is a case that Obama is clearly defying the Constitution AND Congress. It is time for the battle. Maybe we can get the case to the Supreme Court even with the probability that SCOTUS will say…”well y’all have done this for 200 years…we’ll let it stand”…presto the Constitution is amended.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may HAPPEN DURING the RECESS of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.”

The Constitution has been so betrayed for so long…no one I expect will challenge this. We have given up this provision of our beloved Constitution..

This has been done right and wrong since the beginning….

Bill Kemper - January 6, 2012

I just find it hard to fathom, that the House has not taken a stand against his illegal actions by pulling all funding from the executive branch or it’s departments. The Senate must refuse to let him seat anyone who is not approved or was disapproved by their members. They are not at recess! The $400B he wanted for his budget is about to be spent in spite of congress! The youth jobs action is pretty much a go as far as Obama is concerned! Will they let him spend more unappropriated funds? How much longer before he dissolves congress & the courts?

Denny Fox - January 6, 2012

We have just moved to a totalitarian nation, ruled by a dictator like Chavez and Putin, if this is let to stand.

Rodney Huff - January 6, 2012

Mr. Meese hit the ball out of the park. Breathtaking in it’s violation of the Constitution is correct. I would call it stunning if it were not done in concert with so many other actions by this president and congress. Both have been out of control since his election. He told us exactly what he was going to do and not enough of us listened. If the last three years was a book no one would buy it because it would read like a complete fantasy. But it’s not and we’re stuck in the middle of this nightmare with Barry at the helm. We got the change and what little hope there was is gone.

Robert Saucy - January 6, 2012

There is much talk about the unconstitutionality of President Obama’s action. My concern is why someone with authority does not do something about it.

Thomas - January 6, 2012

I contend one of Obama’s primary objectives is to make Congress irrelevant. If Congress does nothing to stop this clear disregard for them and the Constitution, he has succeeded. This President’s abuses and usurpations are no different than those of King George. Congress must revolt and force the President to reverse these appointments through whatever means accomplish it the quickest. If it fails, we are no longer a nation of laws, but one of tyranny.

Connie - January 6, 2012

Unbelievably cheeky, but just another insult to our Constitution.

Judith Larson - January 6, 2012

What is being done about this, The Repub, should be holding press conferences and yelling about this. So far I see nothing being done.

Ted Lyons - January 6, 2012

Just another, of many, overt violations of our Constitution
by this administration. This President must be stopped.
I am encouraged as the word “impeach” was finally used
in TV news coverage today.
What will it take to stop him in his tracks, before there
is much more damage to our beloved USA.

Champ A. Middleton - January 6, 2012

Impeace the S.O.B

David George - January 6, 2012

What diff does it make what I think? Or anyone? Obama will continue to circumvent openly and extend the bird finger to Congress and Congress will do nothing. Republicans will do nothing except groan and moan in the primaries and then when the candidate is selected, he will likely say absolutely nothing about it during the debtates with Obama. We have McCain running around stating what can be said about Obama and what can’t. Big John says we can’t use his middle name. Have we lost our minds?

Camille Incorvaia - January 6, 2012

Please someone stop this man. He is a clear violater of the Constitution and no one attempts to stop him. Recess appointments according to his agenda and not by law, cutting the military jeopardizing our security and place in the world, immigration policy for votes, healthcare that being termed commerce? What’s going on? Can we impeach him? Let’s do it!

Donald Williams - January 6, 2012

I believe the appointments are highly inllegal and anti-Constitutional. Mr. Obama has repeatly said the Constintution gets in his way and he will “work around” it.
These appointments are simply illegal and must be challenged immediately. If he persists in these type of anti-Constitutional actions, then impeach the criminal Obama.

Betty Palmer - January 6, 2012

I have not heard of any objection on the part of Congress to President Obama’s unconstitutional appointments circumventing the Senate’s advise and consent role. Why aren’t the Republican Senators and Congressmen objecting? How can we as private citizens object to the President’s abuse of his Executive powers? The President swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the U.S., but he has broken his oath of office! His actions are those of a dictator, not a president!

Stan Bennett - January 6, 2012

There’s only one serious issue, who in congress is willing to step forward and demand he withdraw the nominations immediately or face impeachment? No one, they are all cowards and the Constitution won’t permit the average citizen to file. Maybe we could appeal to the Attorney General? LOL

Eunice Ryan - January 6, 2012

Can these agencies be defunded if the President is breaking the law in appointing people to them?

Walter Marsh - January 6, 2012

This liberal scoundrel must be stopped from circumventing our Constitution. Where is the outrage by the Dems as well as the Reps? It should be a USA country thing and not a political thing. Stand up to this power grab or better yet, defeat Obama in Nov. 2012!

bill heft - January 6, 2012

B.O. is a socialist,markist,narcissist.a very dangerous man to be president of the USA. it is obvious he hates and wants to restructure the USA. hopefully enought people in the USA will become informed,as to who he really is.scary.!!!

Bernard P. Giroux, Dartmouth, MA - January 6, 2012

What does one expect from a community organizer who claims to have taught the Constitution for ten years. I don’t think so. With all due respect which is due to the office of the President, this man is about the least presidential of anyone to ever hold office. A drug store clerk told me tonight that she cannot wait for November to “…end this nightmare.”

Joe Lindenfelser - January 6, 2012

This action must be stopped and The President must be punished for trying to turn our country into a dictatorship.

Can he be impeached for this action? Can he be sued for this? Every possible thing should be done to stop him and set a precedent so that no one in the future would ever consider doing this again

Marjorie Martin - January 6, 2012

I think it’s time that “King Obama” is ousted from our government. Obviously he is sitting as president without being eligible. His blatant disregard for our Constitution is unacceptable. He needs to be removed from office before he does any more damage to the United States of America.

L.Thompson - January 6, 2012

Obama wants to rule rather than govern. Look at the mockery he’s made of the presidency. He must be defeated.

Shari Bradley - January 6, 2012

Our president would prefer a dictatorship to a presidency. President Obama cannot be allowed to do whatever he wants to do and our only chance is that he will NOT be allowed. Do something Congress and PRAY AMERICA!!!!!

Edi - January 6, 2012

I don’t have a problem with them especially because one was for the Consumer Agency Director position which has been empty (when most needed) forever.

Rita Palmer - January 6, 2012

Barack Obama needs to be removed from the Office of President for this and other things he has done to over ride the Constitution. Congress must act on our behalf.

Derrick G. Lindsey - January 6, 2012

When they’re allowed to turn our schools and universities into “proggressive” madrasas, turn the so-called main stream media into neo-communist/socialist propaganda machines, hijack our court system making judges liberal law makers instead of law reviewers, make our military a liberal juvenile science experiment by injecting openly homosexuals into our fighiting forces, then why shouldn’t we expect them to attempt to take over the country as ‘they’ love to say “uni-laterally”. The time to make a stand to put an end to this is now. Conservatives (Christian and non-Christian) have sat on our hands for genearations allowing this coupe to happen. This November 7th, it’s time to make our voices/votes count and put an end to this madness.

Dorothy Evanson - January 6, 2012

President Obama ‘s actions should be addressed, but it seems that Congress is just observing and then looking the other way…..one wonders why?? And, what about all the “Czars” he has created, and Eric Holder?? I’m not really into politics, but I read and hear enough that I know Obama is not a lover of this wonderful country. I have relatives that fought in the French/Indian War, the Revolutionary War, The Civil War, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and the Iraqi War and I hate to see their labors and courage ruined by a group of men that want to destroy all that’s good.

Virginia J Duflo - January 6, 2012

These appointments are unconstitional and it is a shot across the bow of Congress. Congress should stand up and fight this man who seems to think he is a imperial ruler. He keeps going against the constition and over stepping his power. Someone needs to fight this.

Mike Sheahen - January 6, 2012

Same as in other matters involving government, and so-called “public (government)”, and/or private enterprises, organizations, and even private citizens and families, there are procedures for the optimal and proper place and function of people involved and their legal and proper function and relationship to each other, as in “can and cannot do” and “should and should not do”, all of which are meant to and do tend to work just fine as long as they’re not violated in any way, shape, manner, or form, and that includes “recess appointments” by any President of the United States.

To wit: There is a proper procedure for when any President may or may not make any “recess appointments” without violating both the Constitution (including its’ “separation of powers”, and “checks and balances” meant to prevent any one branch, the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial, overreaching, overruling, or bypassing the other) and the proper assigned and established procedure for such as “recess appointments”.

However, now Obama has not only already several times deliberately and knowingly disregarded and violated the Constitution, its’ separation of powers, and checks and balances, by unilaterally overreaching, overruling, and bypassing Congress through his making “recess appointments” while both houses of Congress were out of session and out of town (Washington, DC), but this time he didn’t even bother himself with waiting until both houses of Congress are out of session and out of town!
Of course Obama did so this time not only because of his penchant for acting like a Statist Marxist/Communist/Socialist “Progressive” ruler in a hurry, but also because he has already gotten away with it several times, all of which presents all the more reason why he so very much deserves to be, and must be, voted out of power now, this year (2012)!

William Whitsell - January 6, 2012

It is not at all surprising that President Obama would choose to push his appointees right on into office – past Congress. He is the MOST lawless, anti-Constitutional President in the history of The United States. He has, it seems, no regard for Constitutional Law – which is so very odd for a man of his academic background. Still, with his Socialist Ideologies and Third World Marxist approach to his Faith, it is not at all surprising. He continues to take America down a path of Socialism and dictatorial intent and believes himself to be of such power and stature that he can do “as he d— well pleases”. A man who has so little regard for the Constitution will have little or no regard for Congress – even less for The People of The United States. I, personally, cannot WAIT for the day he exits office and American IMMEDIATELY begins Her road to recovery – which will be LONG, thanks to Mr. Obama!

Brian K Greenwood - January 6, 2012

This doesn’t suprise me.
Obama thinks he is a king now.
No need for other branches of government.

Peter A. Lowry - January 6, 2012

Obama’s tactics in these appointments is reminiscent of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin and the way they took over the governments of their respective countries. History repeats itself.

Joanne Hillman - January 6, 2012

I believe they are an impeachable offense.

mildred roy - January 6, 2012

I cannot believe that this man can totally obstruct the constitution and we have to sit by and do nothing! I am really afraid for our country because he just may be reelected! What can we do ?

mary - January 6, 2012

Where is our Congress? Our liberties are being severely threatened. Our chief law enforcement officer is violating separation of powers. This is totally unacceptable.

Dee - January 6, 2012

I do not understand how Obama can get away with these appointments or all the executives orders he has issued. I feel like we are starting to live under a dictatorship. His orders, etc. remind me of Hitler, who as a young girl, I read all the things he did in Life Magazine.

David L. Ballard - January 6, 2012

If, like the experts are saying “this move is unconstitutional” why are the legislators, like countless numbers of times, sitting on their hands and doing nothing? Why are these people not brought before congress and make to give an account o themselves? I fell like I am not being represented in congress. The administration is running rough shod all over the American people and no one seems to care.

Don Adkins - January 6, 2012

This is not the action of a Commander and Chief but the action of a commander and thief. He is stealing our liberties and if not stopped very soon will appoint himself king!

Sharilee Roper - January 6, 2012

His actions are just one more example of his blatant disregard for the Constitution and his steady advance toward a complete destruction of America and the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

ROBERT FOWLER - January 6, 2012

it’s a blatent disregared of OUR constitution done deliberately, he should be IMPEACHED Immiediately to protect our form of government.

Dr. LJA - January 6, 2012

On of President Obama’s chief regrets is that he couldn’t maintain the Democratic majority in the House during the recent past election. Then, it was just fine for him to work as “just one of the 3 checks and balances” in our inspired government, i.e. the executive, legislative and judiciary branches. Of course this was also padded with the knowledge that a huge portion of the liberal/socialistic judiciary had blatantly taken upon themselves a legislative role.

So essentially, Obama had all three branches of government under his control. Does that sound very close to “dictator” to you. I believe that he’d assume such a role in a heartbeat if it were possible. In fact, his methodology since his election, and even more so since the House lost the Democratic majority is to force, sneak, contort, twist, compel “his way” on the American people. The sad thing is that there are so many that would willingly follow this deceiver wherever he wanted them to go.

With the current recess appointments, here he goes again slithering through the back halls of deceit in to find a way to bypass the checks and balances put there by our founding fathers. Very sad an perhaps all the more pathetic in that he continues to get away with it.

When does the sum total of what he has done and continues to do reach the limits qualifying him for impeachment? I would think he is very close indeed!

Kay Leal - January 6, 2012

I think that it is totally despairing and DESPIABLE. Is anyone going to do something about these unconscionable actions of the “President of the United States”? What has happened to the checks & balances of the constitution? Are we the lambs just being led to the slaughter, without any reactions?

jerry thomas - January 6, 2012

Our current President is a blatant lier to the American public. I he should be charged with violation of oath of office.

Grace M Alvarez - January 6, 2012

How can the appointments stand if the Senate was not in recess? It is interesting that Harry Reid (!) kept the Senate “in session” throughout the Christmas break. This, supposedly, to insure that no recess appointments be made. Hopefully there is an investigation and the appointments will be nullified. The gall of Mr. Obama, just shows how little he cares for the Constitution or the people he professes to support. Why can’t the electorate be mindful of history – we are a threadbare string from Hitler’s Germany!

N. B. Kaley - January 6, 2012

I am extremely concerned that the U.S. Congress appears to be oblivious regarding Obama’s “recess appointments.” This blatant abuse of power, in addition to his other unconstitutional acts, are threats to our constitutional representative republic! Why are conservatives/GOPers turning a blind eye to this man’s actions?

John Illinois - January 6, 2012

Why won’t anyone with the power to do so, step up and prosecute this criminal fraud who is ineligable for the office of President of the United States. The Supreme Court has already defined “Natural Born Citizen” as one who was born of 2 US Citizen parents. Why have absolutely NO people from his youth and college years come out? No class mates, neighbors, girlfriends, boyfriends, etc. Past Presidents have had them come out of the woodwork–some of them actually real.

Joseph Powell - January 6, 2012

I am not surprised by Obama. For someone who claims to have taught our Constitution to college students, he just proved he failed the course. Someone needs to give him a refresher course.

Richard - January 6, 2012

illegal – impeach him now

Michael J. Law - January 6, 2012

He violated the Constitution of the United States. Impeach him!

Pat Weaver - January 6, 2012

My hope is that the Republicans will challenge Obama’s recess appointment, however, I not seeing much in the news that they plan to do so. This is what is so frustrating about the Republican leadership. They seem to be afraid to do the right thing.

Nillia Noyes - January 6, 2012

I would like to know if these actions are an impeacha ble offense.

ken dutch - January 6, 2012

This is an outrage pure simple . Obama is not a king where he can do anything he wants , How in the world does he manage to make a mochery of our white house.

Pat Gibson - January 6, 2012

I am appalled at the way this “president” flaunts the rule of law and tramples the constitution. These recent so=called “recess” appointments are just the latest example of his contempt for the constitution and this country.

Dr. James Carbone - January 6, 2012

This president will change us into a Marxist state if the Congress does not bring him to heel. Shut off his funding.

David R. Bridge - January 6, 2012

This administration has for some time now borne an increasing resemblance to a number of extremely unsavory and like-minded predecessors: Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Chavez, and others – all of whom grabbed more and more power in this same insidious way until they had it all and freedom died at their hands. If we are stupid enough to reelect this malevolent, would-be dictator, we can look forward to losing our own freedom in the same way.

jacqui letellieer - January 6, 2012

totally incensed he should be impeached yesterday if someone doesn’t get a backbone soon, we are in a very serious situation

Betse Lanier - January 6, 2012

President Obama has flouted laws and the Constitution more than once. The House of Representatives is our only means of keeping him in check though this year. So far, they have fallen far short of protecting the United States and its people!

David Haskins - January 6, 2012

To conduct an unConstitutional official act is to perform an impeachable offense. And, as correctly informed, the offense is against the people. The solution is provided in our foundational documents that formed us as a nation. Those who choose to ignore this historical truth are looking to repeat history. We must choose the road wisely, but failure to do anything is the wrong thing to do. Our powder is to be kept dry for a reason.

J Johansen - January 6, 2012

I am outraged that Congress and the Courts are doing nothing about this and I am doubly outraged that the media are accomplices. We are truly witnessing the fall of the greatest nation in history!

Mary H. - January 6, 2012

Of course this action is unconstitutional! Obama will push it as far as WE let him. Stand up, America! Don’t let this one pass!

Carole Roush - January 6, 2012

I think it is a disaster. What can we do? The Congress does not appear to be offended by this.

Daniel Read - January 6, 2012

ONE MORE reason why Obama should be IMPEACHED IMMEDIATELY !!!

Win Meeker - January 6, 2012

I am incensd by Obama’s actions and have e-mailed my senator Mitch McConnell. Why can’t the Republicans in Congress ever come with an off the wall action to counteract the non constitutional actions of Obama?

Margie Liberty - January 6, 2012

Barack Obama is leading a revolution without firing a shot. I hope we do not allow it to continue or we can kiss our freedom goodbye. American citizens need to think long and hard about what the loss of freedom means. Our sons and daughters are dying to preserve it in distant lands while we peacefully allow a dictator president take it from us. I pray with all my heart and soul that we awaken in time.

June Seibert - January 6, 2012

I think our president has forgotten his position. He is not a dictator. He needs to be soundly reminded of this.

Robert Mantell - January 6, 2012

Comrade Obama should be impeached. He is the most dangerous president to ever occupy the White House.
Leadership member Bob Mantell

Miles Schumacher - January 6, 2012

At what point will criminal acts by this president be addressed? His excuse is that he’s being stonewalled? I’ll say the same thing my boss would tell me, “then figure it out or find another job”.

Gerri Randall - January 6, 2012

Obama should have been impeached three months after he took office. Why Americans haven’t stepped up to the plate and protected America is beyond me. Woe be to us if he is re-elected. Were are the parties for allowing this to go on. Beware of the next President be informed before you vote. The next President best be for the fair tax or we will be going global a third world country. Is that what you want?

Mike Cox - January 6, 2012

Once again, Obama shows that the Constitution is an impediment to his wishes, and he thinks he has found a way to ignore it. And he has, unless our elected congressmen and women call him out on these illegal acts. Defund the agencies or the positions, start impeachment proceedings against obama and understand that obama is attacking the American way of life. Get some backbone, congress!! DO NOT LET HIM DO THIS!!!

Rick Tannehill - January 6, 2012

Bush did them all the time. What makes them legal then, but unconstitutional now?

Gene Bahls - January 6, 2012

Time for the congress to act and protect the constitution’s separation of powers. Obama is moviing toward a dictatorship and he must be stopped now.
Where is the Republican party when you need them?

Gary - January 6, 2012

Can anybody say impeachment?

Naomi Hunter - January 6, 2012

President Obama is out totally of control . He will stop at nothing. He must be stopped by whatever means possible!

Ron Bays - January 6, 2012

I feel like Howard Beale felt in the movie Network.
I have written Senator McConnell on this matter.

John R. Whalen - January 6, 2012

This arrogant Imperial President must be stopped. Not next year, now. Provide needed backbone to legislators and inform the people.

R. Bradick - January 6, 2012

The unbridled arrogance an aloof nature is beyond expectations of our president . But what is new. He will continue to circumvent the constition because he does not believe it is applicable. Congress needs to stop his continual grasp for more power.

Alma Judd - January 6, 2012

I think that such action of appointments during a recess is a clear breach of the oath of office he took when he was sworn in as President. He affirmed, “I will defend the Constitution of the United States of America”. He should be impeached! He should not be allowed to remain our President, This is another of many of his actions that show he is trying to destroy our nation and our liberty.
Thanks to Heritage for their care and publication of items like this.

Carl Johnson (Indiana) - January 6, 2012

Just another proof-positive, that our illustrious President has nothing but distain for our constitution. He cares nothng about the will of the people but, how much of his will can he impose on us who he is supposed to be working for.

Harry Elston - January 6, 2012

I think this is normal practice in Obamaland but it should not
be tolerated in a free society like ours that has the protection
of The Constitution.

Darrell Lynch - January 6, 2012

I’ll tell you exactly what I think, if you have the guts to let it stand on this site. This is treason! AND any congress who does not bring impeachment proceedings on this half-breed -in-chief, is a coward, and every bit as guilty as he is. Give me the opportunity, and I will tell them this to their gutless faces.

Todd Brast - January 6, 2012

If I or my daughter had Mr. Obama’s Constitutional Law class at Harvard, I would be demanding my money back. Between this, and launching military action in LIBYA without getting authorization from Congress proves he does not understand the Constitution and should be charged with the crimes and impeached. He could have a jail cell, next to Eric Holder (Negligent Homicide) and Timothy Geithner (Tax Cheat).

JLassiter - January 6, 2012

What do you expect from a tyrant. He has been making end runs around Congress since 2010. My question is when will the Congress grow a backbone and put him in his place?

Marty Unterreiner - January 6, 2012

Congress should stop all funding of the agecies to which these people were appointed until they resign.

Robert E. Black - January 6, 2012

This move by Obama to make appointments in an end run around our Constitution and Congress demonstrates that
Obama has violated his oath of office to uphold the Constitution, doing so either purposely or out of ignorance.
I suspect the former. May God have mercy on this country if this is so!

Tim Heifner - January 6, 2012

The Presidents(I use that term lightly) he acts more like a dictator each day; has gone outside the bounds of the Constitution with a total disreguard for the law by making these appointments without the approval of congress. He and all his czars should be impeached and fired.

Charles Webb - January 6, 2012

We have elected a Dictator. In his mind he knows best and is going to do anything, and whatever he wants. He is in Office to change Our Country. The idiots that voted for this criminal had no idea about what ” his change” was going to look like. I think I heard Obama say, in regard to passing his Health Care, that he and his buddies were going to get this passed “By any means necessary”. We have got to get this man out of Office ” By any means necessary”. The best way I know to do this is by Law and the Constitution. We better hurry.

Bill - January 6, 2012

Circumventing a piece of paper you don’t believe in is no problem for this Community Organizer. Supposedly, he taught Constitutional Law in college. Can you imagine just what he taught? Obama is a Marxist. If you are too young and uneducated, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels were the authors of Communism. The Communist Manifesto was authored by Marx which led to the socialist states of Russia and China. Wake up America!

Cynthia Cocker - January 7, 2012

Obama has done nothing but trounce and stomp on our Constitution since he was elected. How the majority managed to elect a man who despises our country as much as he does, I’ll never know. I’m convinced most voters are a bunch of mindless, uninformed morons! Obama needs to be removed from office and imprisoned! I want my Constitutional republic back!

Laurel - January 7, 2012

This is another example of the President trampling on the Constitution

Mrs. Robert J Wright - January 7, 2012

I agree these recess appointments are unconstitutional. But it seems to be this President disdains our Constitiuion and does what he pleases so matter whether it is unconstituional. My question is – what are ther Republicans going to do about it – roll over and play dead like they usually do. I am tired of the wishy-washyness of my Party.

Janet - January 7, 2012

Would this constitute an impeachable offense?

Ronald Haymon - January 7, 2012

I strongly request that Congress take Mr. Obama to task,
and revoke these appointments. He should be taken to
court for his refusing to abide by our Constitution.

Scotty - January 7, 2012

I was told by a Senator’s office that there were two (2) issues – the first is that the Senate is NOT in recess technically (a practice created by the Democrats some years ago to keep a Republican President from doing this). However, I was also told that there is specific language in this document that mandates that any appointed Director may not take office without the specific approval of the Senate. I have written both my Senators. We must ALL stand and demand that the Senate maintain their power as described by our Constitution.

James Glenn - January 7, 2012

They’re not recess appointments; they were made when the Senate was in pro forma session. Ergo, they require Senate confirmation. For this and other failures to faithfully execute the laws of the land, there ought to be Congressional hearings held, both in the House and Senate as to the extent this President and his administration is in violation of the Constitution.

Jan - January 7, 2012

Dir Sirs,
I respectfully submit that this unconstitutional and therefor criminal action taken by this president is a delibrate and calculated attempt to “fundimentally change” this great country into a dictatorial and socially fascist society. As I understand it this president is in contempt of court in at least 2 courts involving the gulf oil spill. this non recess action is an attack on our constitution of unparrelled proportion. it is my opinion that he either lied to america when he took his oath of office or has violated that oath and if this is not criminal it should be,
IMPEACHMENT procedings should be initiated immediately by the house and force the senators to go on record either supporting the impeachment or supporting a dictatorship which should end their “careers” as politicians

Margaret - January 7, 2012

These appointments are illegal and along with all the other illegal moves he has made he should be impeached. He fancies himself our dictator, but he doesn’t know Americans very well. Is time is drawing near.

VC Geezer - January 7, 2012

I think Obama’s attempt to bypass established procedures is contrary of Constitutional law. He should be impeached.

Everyone should write their congressmen and tell them what you think of this errant behavior. I did.

Jim Lovell - January 7, 2012

The President has no regard for The Constitution and the American people. This is but one example of his abuse of power, and unfortunately, we’ll see even more to come, and I suspect much worse. There appears he has no regard for the will of the people.

James L. Simmons SR - January 7, 2012

President Obama has thumbed his nose at the constitution one time to many. Congress should impeach or pack their collective bags and go home. In November, the citizens will have an opportunity to weed out the incumbent weak kneed sloths.

Robert Sieg - January 7, 2012

These “recess appointments” are a direct slap in the face of the US Congress. Other presidents would not use a recess appointment when congress was acctualy in recess …. which they are not now. Congress must act immediatly to regain the powers given to them by the Constitution.

John - January 7, 2012

I’m not suprised if people ignores this just like they did with everything else that he has done. Don’t forget that Obama Care did not get the required votes but was passed into law, anyway (all that ‘deem it passed’ stuff). I have also heard that there was signature forgery involved in the cap and tax scheme.

What steams me is that he SHOULD have been impeached by now and sent to jail for his crimes. His attempts to put himself over our constitution and laws are much worse than the Watergate scheme.

The sad thing is that the House and Senate are too scared to do so just because he is colored. They and the rest of society needs to get away of this false definition of “fairness”, get some backbone and realize that minorities need to be held to account, too.

We could start with this guy to make a good example. The people could take this guy to court. I suggest a fundraiser for getting the money for paying for the lawyer and fees. It should be a publically aired trial called ‘Obama vs The People’ and the accusation will be about his openly unconstitutional actions, bypassing the vote system, and continuous breaking of the law.

What do you think? Think it would work?

Jim Westfall - January 7, 2012

Another knell in the coughin of the USA. Obama and his ilk demonstrate a total disdain for this country almost daily.

Shane Nelson - January 7, 2012

The Congress should not fund any of these appoinments. Speciffically these individuals wages, the agencies funding. Make a big deal of these actions by Obama, because they are. Make the case in the court of public opinion.

Ron Gallipeau - January 7, 2012

Sadly I’m not surprised. This administration is nothing more than thugs. We need to stand up now, or 2012 may be to late

Sheryl Lorenger - January 7, 2012

Absolutely Obama’s “NOT ON RECESS” appointments are unconstitutional so what is going to happen to him? During his inauguration he messed up the swearing of his oath to upholding the Constitution, then privately did it with Justice John Roberts. This is not the 1st time he has taken action against Our Constitution . ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Burnie Vaughn - January 7, 2012

It is apparent that this President does not intend to uphold the Constitution, an oath that he took at inauguration. Therefore impeachment proceedings should begin.

Gary M. Hobbs - January 7, 2012

Where are our constitutional congressmen and what are they doing. Who has the will to stand up against the total attack on the constitution. It just blows my mind that we have so few leaders with any core values.

Donna McCance - January 7, 2012

The appointments could be taken away if there was some way to stop Obama from breaking the law. THAT is what worries me the most! Those appointments shuld not have seen the light of day before they were stopped but where are the officials who are supposed to stop him. I think it is Congress who should have been saying STOP , this is against the laws of our land but where are they? Please enlighten me as to what officials are laying down on their jobs. Each time he gets by with these illegal activities it encourages Obama and others to continue.

Hutson Finke - January 7, 2012

I think Mr. Obama should be impeached and his entire gang sent packing. This is just the latest step he has taken to destroy our republic and declare himself dictator. I wonder where the Senate is on this and the other crimes of this administration.

Ann Maran - January 7, 2012

I think that this power grab should be stopped with the utmost speed. He is undermining the very foundation that our Republic is built on & making it irrelevant. He should be reprimanded & possibly even prosecuted.

Alan Swinger - January 7, 2012

The Obama appts are unconstitutional and Congress should move to Impeach, or at min file suit to oust the appointees.

harry ward - January 7, 2012

What a pity that we-the poeple-congress-senators-do not have what it takes to rein in this pres(dictator) as he runs rampant over them,laughing (while golfing). His satisfaction with his accomplishments has to be 100 %. If anyone out there thinks he can rein him in they had best step up to the plate.

Susan Bannon - January 7, 2012

What difference does it make what Obama does? People complain but they never do anything about it. If this continues, why even talk about it?

R. J. Fensterman - January 7, 2012

George Washington made it very clear that we shall have NO king in American. Apparently, Barack Hussein Obama was not aware of this principle; just as he claims to have taught
Constitutional Law, yet manages to violate it whenever he pleases. Isn’t it about time that Congress confronts this self-appointed king and removes him from Office!

Ken Bates - January 7, 2012

What is worse – the president who violates the law/Constitution or the congress that violates the law/Constitution by doing nothing about the presidents violation? Our Constitution is the loser along with “we the people”.

Bruce C. Chapman - January 7, 2012

Obama, Should be impeached for his blatant disregard for the Constitution and attempts to circumvent the advise and consent role of the legislative branch. This man has to go!

Robert Herndon - January 7, 2012

When will the senate or house file a legal injunction to stay the appointments and an expedited suit to the Supreme Court? or will this be another endless round of political bluster?
Enough talk, it is time to put an end to this endless assault on the fabric of the nation.

Annette Kirby - January 7, 2012

I think Obama’s recent “appointments” is a complete abuse of poiwer and he’s throwing the Constitution right out the window and acting like a dictator. Don’t wait til next November to throw him out. He will have made us completely Socolist by then! Throw him out NOW!!! Where is the Republicans back bone,masugana,balls,guts…..the response should be total outrage with the threat of impeachment!

Gary McMahon - January 7, 2012

If this is not stopped……I’m thinking this frog is boiled…….then,…anger.

Paulette - January 7, 2012

This is the most blatant tampling of our Constitution to come from the executive branch yet! This attempt must be stopped to preserve our Constitutional form of government; it can not be allowed to stand! This failure to adhere to our Constitution and the “separation of powers” indicates this President is dangerously unfit to serve the office.

Donald Cummins - January 7, 2012

These Obama appointments should be defunded by Congress and the appointments voided. Obama thinks he is a dictator and is pushing all the limits he can get by with because he knows he is a one term president. Good riddance.

Katy A Moss - January 7, 2012

This President and his administration will sieze as much power as they can during the remaining months of his term. It must be vigorously contested by the Congress, using the Constitution to do so.

Ronald Weber - January 7, 2012

I agree that these appointments are unconstitutional, but everything I hear makes me fearful that Obama will continue his imperial reign with the help of liberal judges.

Paul - January 7, 2012

It’s time to draw up articles of impeachment. Congress is duty bound to do so. If they are worried about the political fallout, they should just say that the Constitution obliges them to put the issue to a vote in the House and let the chips fall where they may. If MaObama is impeached, much less convicted in the Senate, so be it, if not, at least it will have brought a great deal of attention to what he has done.

roseann lamanna - January 7, 2012

I am appalled at this outrage of the day by the usurpating administration . My question is WHAT
ACTION will be mounted to revoke this unconstitutional action— Not angry words : WHAT ACTIONby Congress or the JUdicial ??????

don herrold - January 7, 2012

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vancancies THAT MAY HAPPEN DURING THE RECESS of the Senate.

i believe this “clause” has been abused by all Presidents. read it again.
during the recess: such as a vacacy from a death of a cabinet member, an illness, etc. DURING THE RECESS.
do u really believe the “ultimate elders” would be so stupid to use the meaning the way the “progressive Rep. and Dem.” have twisted this clause.

what say you?

Roy McDade - January 7, 2012

I agree these appointments are illegal as with the declaration of war against Libya and the ever- increasing violations of the (sworn to uphold) Constitution. I am retired and on a fixed income. What can I do ? Shouldn”t these institutions be filing suits against Obama’s movement towards Socialism? Something ???

Lisa - January 7, 2012

Along with other things Obama has done since in office, this is unconstitutional, but it is up to the Legislative and Judicial branches to call him on it. But, they just sit back. Our government is collapsing because the elected officials (especially the Republicans) are afraid to make an issue of this. Of course, the fact that most Americans don’t know what is in the Constitution (or even care) doesn’t help.

Neal Clacher - January 7, 2012

President Obama has been running rough shod over the Constitution ever since he becams President. In one of his speeches he stated, the Constitution is an impediment to what he wants to do and the Constitution was wrong for limiting the power of the Federal Govt..
He thinks he is a “king”, and so far the Congress, both houses and parties have let him and in many cases helped him violate the seperation of powers. Too many in both parties just want to hang on to their positions and power. Look at the upcoming debt ceiling increase, they will allow it, EPA continues to be funded.

Gail Daley - January 7, 2012

Illegal, unconstitutional, power grab and grounds for impeachment!

Anthony Carestia - January 7, 2012

Obama is getting more like Hugo Chavez with all these political moves. Imagine what he will do if he is reelected, with no accountability as a lame duck? The Senate and House should not let this go without taking some kind of legal action. We are a democratic republic not a dictatorship.

Thomas Cicero - January 7, 2012

Rescind them immediately and hold Obama accountable for the injustice to OUR constitution !!!

Shara Button - January 7, 2012

I understand that the three recess appointments are unconstitutional. What I do NOT understand is why the president has not been CALLED on it to the point where he must rescind the appointments.

Dennis Newton - January 7, 2012

The recess appointments are outrageous since congress has not officially adjourned. Congress needs to discipline this action.

Frank Luisi - January 7, 2012

absolutely disgusting!! But more importantly, what can be done about it?

Carolyn White - January 7, 2012

Will he get away with it? If nothing gets done, it will only sno-ball into more aggressive law breaking. Who can hold him to account? It certainly won’t be the democrat led Senate.

Dee - January 7, 2012

If these recess appointments are unconstitutional ? Why is it that obama is allowed to keep on doing illegal things and getting away with it? Can’t anything be done about this? Before we are turned into a Banana Republic?Are all the 535 all socialist & communists? Has it gone that far?

Lynn Leaman - January 7, 2012

This is just one more in a long string of unconstitutional actions by Mr. Obama. My question is, “Why does he continue to get away with it?” Is there no one who is willing to the right thing and hold this man accountable to vow he took to protect our Constitution and this great land? Almost as breathtaking as Mr. Obama’s actions is the unwillingness/inability of our Congress to do their job. I am sick – and very afraid for our nation.

Lloyd Scallan - January 7, 2012

Every free thinking American knew what Obama was
from the beginning. But the conservative media, including HF, took the “wait and see” position even after it was more than apparent he was elected through fraud.
Now, he has become the Marxist monster we knew he is. It’s past time to forget about “respect the office” and tell the American people exactly what Obama is and his
intentions for the nation.

Barb - January 7, 2012

yadda, yadda, yadda. It makes no difference who is in charge now. The “cartel” (Federal Reserve) is making decisions regarding the world.The democrats are the Gambinos and the republicans are the Gotti’s. Who is going to stop the madness? No one! What has been accomplished so far by our congress? This nation is no longer a republic. It has NEVER been a democracy. A republic is rule of law and a democracy is rule by MAN. The Gotti’s and Gambinos make up the rules as they go because we let them. They don’t believe in the Constitution. It’s just a piece of paper and a “living” document which changes as they see fit. The judges “hit men” make sure of it.

Bob L - January 7, 2012

The President swore an oath to uphold and defend the constitution, and considering he supposedly taught the constitutuion there is no excuse for what he did. The President should be impeached.

James - January 7, 2012

I, as well as a great number of people, agree that Obama is behaving unconstitutionally. So what? Why does no one in congress bring official charges against him? All this whining and crying get no where with a bully. Force speaks much louder. Is the republican side of congress so filled with rinos that they are afraid that in trully shutting Obama down they ruin their own gravy train?

Yolanda Wright - January 7, 2012

When will the House and Senate stop bowing to the wishes of this man? They ALL need to be replaced if they can not uphold their oath of office.

roberta - January 7, 2012

i think this is following a path towards dictatorship

how is this happening?
can it not be stopped?

Michael Ames - January 7, 2012

Obama must think he is the smartest one in the room, even tho he proves not to be. What can the average person do except express outrage and disgust at such actions with no one at a high level to take any action to stop him? Who will hold Obama accountable and get these actions reversed?

Scott Gosline - January 7, 2012

First of all, his actions are Constitutional and temporary through the next session of the Senate (Article II, Section 2, paragraph 3). Though Constitutional, the fact that he directly subverted the Senate’s denial constitutes violation of oath of office to uphold and protect the Constitution and constitutes impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors”. Every government official elected or appointed, federal or state, from all branches takes this oath. Using it to subvert the republic from within should not be accepted by members of any branch. Our Constitution provides recourse for lack of “good behavior”. We the people just do not judge this behavior publically for what it is, an attempt to undermine the republic. At a minimum the issues need to be brought up for what they are during the next election to toss him out. Alternatively, if the damage is sufficient, a call for impeachment is appropriate. Of course the latter is not possible with the current Senate party alignment and says something about Democratic party members and the lack of statesman in politics. The one thing that “we the people” should not tolerate from our elected officials at all levels, is to use that position of trust to undermine the constitution. They should be held accountable for their oath of office to the Constitution and not tolerate any overt “misdemeanor” behavior that undermines that oath. (Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 7; Article III, Section 1, Paragraph 1; Article VI, Paragraph 3).


Susan Hoffert - January 7, 2012

Will Congress do anything about it. It is up to them to work for us to protect our liberties. I have heard only one senator who plans to sue the administration because of this. What about the others? Get with it Congress!!!

sharon hayes - January 7, 2012

I hope the courts will do what is just and right in this matter. This President has gone way over the line.
I hope Congress is speaking out strongly….if they are the media is not reporting it.

Leonard Vitel - January 7, 2012

The question at hand is what is the Senate going to do about this?

Warren Spikes - January 7, 2012

Another step to dictatorship of the U. S.
Our Congress must stop these attempts now.

ordinary Joe - January 7, 2012

To me, making a recess appointment when Congress is not in recess is thrashing and shredding our Constitution. This blatant disregard to our Constitution is totally outrageous and revolting. It must lead us to very seriously consider impeachment. He is thrashing and destroying our nation completely. His domestic and foreign policies are disturbing and shameful at best. This is the most and worst president I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.

Brent Addis - January 7, 2012

This is President is no different than a third world Dictator / ( Hitler also comes to mind) he needs to be stooped by Congress and the courts before it is to late!!
I want to know why our elected representatives are not doing news conferences and any other means of getting the word out and making all the American people aware of what is going on??

Dennis Arens - January 7, 2012

Agreed, these acts are unconstitutional. Now, why isn’t anyone challenging these acts in the courts? We’ve heard of other “unconstitutional” issues yet I’ve not seen any challenges and, in fact, as time goes by nothing seems to happen and the Repubiks just buy in.

Marge Taylor - January 7, 2012

The president took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. He ought to be impeached for refusing to do so.

Richard Harkins - January 7, 2012

Obama knows that the republicans are afraid of him so he thinks he can do whatever he wants. don’t be suprised if he trys to cansel the 2012 election.

Darlene Harris - January 7, 2012

This man is shredding the Constitution and Congress is sitting by and letting him do it. He has to be stopped. He has already usurped his power and is ruining our nation with all his Czars, the economy, etc. He should be impeached. Why are they letting him get away with taking away everything we hold dear ? Thank heaven for the Heritage Foundation and Judicial Watch. God Bless America!

Donald Vincent - January 7, 2012

I believe the assessment of Constitutionality is 100% accurate. However this is not the first time (nor will it be the last) that this “President” has violated his oath of office, and the Constitution. He wants to be King. I read something a while back that while arguing with his wife about the innitial run for the office, he said to her something to the effect that she could either go home to mamma, or come with him to the Whit house where he would make her the Queen.
He’s well on his way, almost unopposed in this Government. Thanks to the Heritage Foundation, at least someone is watching our back (and front).

Wilson Freeze - January 7, 2012

I believe these appointees will not work for nothing so the Senate shoul;d refuse to pay their salaries. I also believe a motion should be set forth to impeach the president immediately. It appears that everyone in the Senate is afraid to move against this Chicago type politician.

Jesse Doran - January 7, 2012

I also think the recess appointments are unconstitutional. Why are we not impeaching this President?

paul remick - January 7, 2012

my question , who is going to do any thing about this?

Philip J. Morgan - January 7, 2012

I think Obama’s excesses and criminal activity are impeachable ofenses!

Len McCormjck - January 7, 2012

Challenge the appointments. Move to impeach.

Andrew Wilcox - January 7, 2012

Welcome to the United Socialist States of America!

Dayona Dodd - January 7, 2012

Recess appointments have become a strategy and abuse the intentions od the founders. Congress has very few recesses has compared to the congress’ in our early history. I don’t believe there isn’t an appointment that can’t wait a month or a few weeks for congress to be in session. Any president using the option of recess appointment is going against the intentions of the constitution. Think the ability to do so should be eliminated, because it is now an abuse of power.

Bruce Harrison (a member) - January 7, 2012

President Obama has long held that he doesn’t like the Constitutional limits on the federal government’s power. It would do no good to impeach the president, because the Democrat Senate would never convict. Harry Reid, who railed against President Bush’s recess appointments, and said that a recess appointment could not be made by President Bush in just this situation, said that President Obama was “justified” in doing what he did.

The only recourse we have is to take over the Senate in 2012, whether or not President Obama is defeated.

Marti - January 7, 2012

I don’t think that any of us are surprised. After all, he did say that he was going to “fundamentally change America”. Some say he is incompetent; quite the opposite is true. He has accomplished more than any of us had hoped to would be able to do. He is strategically tearing America apart. Look at his heroes, what can I say? I agree with most of the comments…….WHAT CAN BE DONE? Please, help us out here. Drowning in progressiveism, we are.

Phyllis Marino - January 7, 2012

I would like to know who is going to start impeachment proceedings before our nation turns from a republic to a dictatorship? I’m sick of congress, they should all be fired. But most of all i’m sick of what this president is doing to my country.

Fred Wilson - January 7, 2012

If Congress fails to let this unconstitutional action (one in a series) go unchallenged they all should be voted out and the new Congress should start impeachment as their first order of business. We have an out of control executive and a spineless legislature.

JoAnn Ramos - January 7, 2012

I am furious with the Republicans for not doing something about this Blatent abuser of Power! They are constantly letting him get away with every overreach he has done, they are helping him. We either have the most weaked kneed politictians ever or they are rooting for him or they are only looking out for their own jobs. Funny thing is, they are going to loose their jobs directly
BECAUSE of their lack of acting on Obama’s abuse’s. This can not stand, and he should be removed immediately from Office. I would say Impeached, but I don’t believe he is a ligitimate holder of that Office.

Dr. Pete Kleff - January 7, 2012

As an attorney and a college professor who teaches the U.S. Constitution, I am aghast at the contempt this Obama character shows for the Constitutional process. In my opinion if members of both houses of Congress, whether Republican or Democrat, do not confront him over the usurpation of their Constitutional role, they may just as well turn over the keys to Capital building and go home permanently.

glenn sheridan - January 7, 2012

He’s a dictator, pure and simple.

Jose B. Silva - January 7, 2012

Another Marxist movement. Any other comments could be considered racist, or, or,… Disgusting period.

Alicia Williams - January 7, 2012

Why or where in Congress is someone with the “cojones” to impeach this man? Doesn’t anyone in Congress understand that they are becoming superfluous? Why do we need a Congress is we have a dictator? Why should we pay their salaries and their staff salaries? If they won’t do their jobs what earthly good are they? I have 9 ancestors who fought for or supported our US Revolution and our Constitution and I am sickened by this abuse. It is time to impeach!

Jerry DuVall - January 7, 2012

I am fed up with this president doing whatever he wishes. It is time to start impeachment proceedings.

Fed Up with the USA Government - January 7, 2012

I’m no expert, but what did everyone expect?. A do nothing Congress, “a policital organizer in chief” who tells the world that “he’s in charge”, and could care less about what the “HOUSE” wants to do, or what the constitution of the USA inteneded to be interpreted when appointments meet a cross roads. This whole story line on the NLRB appointments and Cordray’s appointment is becoming a huge joke. If I was in BO’s position, why wouldn’t I try to do the same thing with a do nothing congress and the media kissing my backside and covering my backside.
When you have a “do nothing” congress, and “do nothing” tax paying citizens allowing an individual to exhibit this type of dictator behavior, well, we get what we deserve. When will some of the elected congressmen and women get some balls and do something about this? That is why I believe that 2010 turned out the way it did in the House, lets hope and pray that we get our country back in 2012.
When it looks like socialism, and smells like communisim, you end up with a dictatorship while you sit on the sidelines and watch and let the media promote who they want as President of the USA..

Carol Wolpert - January 7, 2012

What will it take before the President is impeached?

Peter Jenkinson - January 7, 2012

These are not recess appoinments because the Senate was not officially in recess. Obama’s action is blatantly unconstitutional and a clear violation of the separation of powers and the role of the Senate to “advise and consent”.

Robert S. Viola - January 7, 2012

The President is not in the least interested in subscribing to the Constitution when it limits his authority. His is a philosophy of both ignorance and arrogance. A fundamental concept of the Rule of Law established in the United States requires the Executive Branch to adhere to certain immutable principles, regardless of the consequence to ideology. This Executive believes in winning whether it is lawful or not. This threatens the Republic and shakes the foundations of our national behavior.
Robert S. Viola

Corrado Sansone - January 7, 2012

Are we waiting for the “fundamental transformation” of the USA before we impeach President Obama?
Corrado Sansone

Dana Ray - January 7, 2012

So we know it’s wrong. What are we going to do about it? What do we do? Do we sit back and wait for someone to do something? Who would that be? Who has the power to step up and stop this? If there’s a process to stop it, what is it and how do we implement it? Please don’t just tell us the problem. Tell us to solution. Please give us an action plan. Empower the people to fight against this PLEASE!

Bruce Gingerich - January 8, 2012

Long before the election of Obama he said on NPR that the constitution was fundamentally flawed. He is showing with his actions that he does indeed think it is flawed and believes that he has the right to rewrite what our founding fathers setup for us on his own. I disagree with his actions and wish our system would put him in his place. He is not an Angel but a man with flaws.

Connie Forbes - January 8, 2012

The legislative branch must do something to put and end to this. Obama goes takes more and more unconstitutional power as time goes by and if the senate and house do nothing to stop him, we will have a dictator if not already.

Anna Schramm - January 8, 2012

As disgusted as I am by BHO’s unconstitutional actions, I am even more appalled that 454 members of the Senate and House are just protesting the “recess appointments” made while the Senate is still in session. Even the Democrats should be concerned about this usurpation of power by the executive branch. If your representatives do not take immediate, positive steps to reverse these appointments, you must do everything to force them to, including removing them from office at the first available opportunity. Separation of powers, as defined by the Constitution, must be preserved.

Gary R Benca - January 8, 2012

We, the American people, in the past three years, have seen the Executive Branch of our Federal Government continually exceed its authority. Additionally, we have seen the Do-Nothing Congress-do nothing to stop these abuses other than complain and wait to the last minute to get temporary measures passed. It appears as though many of the people Washington, who are charged with guarding the tower are asleep on duty. How long must the American people wait for our elected representatives to act responsibiy??? The Politicians like to quote A. Lincoln, try this, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can not fool all the people all the time.”

Stephen Bernardy - January 8, 2012

I have read numerous comments concerning this act and the unconstitutionality of it. I can’t help but feel that as long as the watchdog media is in the pocket of any legislator, ideaology, or party, the battle seems truly uphill. Perhaps legislation to force the media to tell all with no spin is the only fix.

Howard Woods - January 8, 2012

Anyone else wonder why Dems get away with doing unconstitutional stuff while Reps get blasted? I have despised Sen. Robert Byrd for decades, but perhaps we Reps need to follow his tactics in opposition to Obama’s “recess” appointments. Just filibuster all his appts. And don’t let the liberals even begin to call us “whiners” because we all know they will. Have a strategy in place to rebuff any calls of whining, such as perhaps calling Obama a “schoolyard BULLY!!!!” By the way, anyone else think it’s a good idea to have some oversight on behalf of consumers against the sharks in the financial sector?

Neil A. Nieminsky - January 8, 2012

Just more of Obama trashing the Constitution in his attempt at socializing the United States and creating a dictatorship. Unfortunately, he is the last in a long list of those – starting with Teddy Roosevelt – that have been pushing us in that direction.

Frank Kimball - January 8, 2012

Obama is already a dictator but the American public doesn’t seem to be very interested. They need to be awakened and educated. Withholding funding won’t stop the wrecking of our economy by ever increasing regulation. If we get four more years of Obama you will not recognize the Ameica that will result.

Steve Feck - January 8, 2012

What I think about the appointments is not important. What Congress does in reaction is important! Especially rhe Republicans. We have a do-nothing Congress because we have a gutless Congress. Why is Eric Holder still attorney General? A better question is why/how did Holder become Attorney General in the first place? No guts!

dkr - January 8, 2012

Heritage Foundation, please, give us the answer to the question that most are asking here…”what can be done about these “recess appointments”? Do we have to wait for November’s election or can we do something NOW? Our representatives are useless. What’s happening seems so well planned out and the established Republican Party is as much a part of the “American Takeover” as anyone. There’s a lot of talk and no action but those that are suppose to represent us and we, the people, cannot do anything about it.

Gary Delamar - January 8, 2012

I think the President should be impeached for his actions. He has gone around Congres and behind the backs of the people on many things.He makes up the rules as he goes and does as he pleases and the heck with the people. No one will stand up to him because the media will call the racies and then they will not get the black votes. All of them in Washington should be ran out of town on a rail. We have to get this man out of office before he destories this great country.

Thomas - January 8, 2012

It is incomprehensible to me that our representatives are doing nothing about this dictatorial power grab. In a couple of weeks, all of this will be history because we have ineffectual congressmen who care more about their careers than America.
American has truly become a apathetic texting tunnel vision country.

Zola Kay Kahn - January 8, 2012

Recess appointments show the lack of communication
among our branches of government and a president’s
inability to work with others. Teamwork is one of the
most important needs in running a business; therefore, does it not hold that it is also an important need in running our country?! This particular appointment was done while
Congress was technically in session so it was not Con-
stitutional and also did not follow the directives of the Dodd/Frank bill. In addition, my opinion is to remove this power from the president….ANY president. We have 3 branches of gov’t so we need to use them to reach an agreeable level of governing.

Judy Vinson - January 8, 2012

Start impeachment proceedures on Obama. Do something…don’t let him get by with this!!!!Stop his unconstitutional dealings! Impeach him, now.

Scott Kampmann - January 8, 2012

The Republicans need to standup and not be intimidated by the liberal media. Filibuster, defund these agencies, show some intestinal fortitude! Quit being wimps! The congress has the authority unless they just roll over and capitulate there Constitutional Rights.

Terry Cummings - January 8, 2012

My “Ask Heritage” question: What can be done about the appointments and who has the balls and can do it?

Terry Love - January 8, 2012

Numerous knowledgeable sources have said the appointment is unconstitutional. I’ve heard for years all the “Czars” are unconstitutional. The EPA circumvents Congress and makes laws, along with other agencies. Why does no one challenge this? Is there not a mechanism to contest this legally?

Myrna Rochelle - January 8, 2012

This is another blatant attack on our Constitution by this President. Is there nothing that can be done to stop this?

Gene Kathol - January 8, 2012

Once again, the President has shown his utter disregard for the Constitution and his Oath of Office. Under any Congress but one controlled by his stooges he would now be facing Impeachment charges for these “high crimes and misdemeanors”. Our present representatives in Congress have not the backbone to even so much as raise the issue.

C.J. Gruesbeck - January 8, 2012

I think they are a discrace and am wondering when we in this country are going to get serious about the constitution(including The Heritage Foundation) Instead of impeachment we will push another lousy liberal candidate to run against Obama and force his election again as was done with Mcain in ’08 only this time we’ll choose a liberal like Romney or Perry sorry folks but the truth hurts!!

C. Rioux - January 8, 2012

I am very angry at this administration and we can’t get them OUT of office quick enough!
These thugs have done so much damage already and MOST people aren’t even aware of the freedoms they’ve already lost due to underhanded, back door manipulations!
We need to stop this NOW!!!

MONTE - January 8, 2012

IMPEACH HIM NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
What an arrogant man who claims to be a president.
Welcome to our Dictator and Chief. We need to all fight against this corrupt administration, if we don’t we will lose our beloved America.

Julia - January 8, 2012

Must agree with G Primm, what can be done to stop Obama. Expressing our anger and thoughts is one thing, however it doesn’t solve the problem. What can the Senate and Congress do and are they doing it!!

Bill James - January 8, 2012

I think he ought to be impeached since he swore to uphold the constitution.

Ann Marie Agnello - January 8, 2012

This is another dictatorial act by this president. With the liberal press and even some Republicans agreeing with his actions, we lose more liberties everyday. We must continue to educate each other, the masses and our children in understanding the U.S. Constitution and the impact of these UNCONSTITUTIONAL acts on the unique “FREEDOMS” we hold so dear.

Roy Cornelius - January 8, 2012

This is just another circumvention of the Constitution by this President and his Administration. I believe there should be impeachment discussions by Congress.

Chris - January 8, 2012

Is it truly unConstitutional or does it just break with precedent? It definitely breaks with the spirit of the law and the intent of Congress. And who will enforce it? That’s the danger of this administration. He knows there is no entity to enforce the law, so, like a toddler testing his parents’ boundaries, he is pushing all the stops.

David Allen - January 8, 2012

Time to impeach before he finishes the job he came to do – destroy America.

Paul Aubert - January 9, 2012

Let the courts decide what is constitutional and what is not. Pudits and bloggers have no idea.
President William J. Clinton made 139 recess appointments, 95 to full-time positions. President
George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, of which 99 were to full-time positions.2 As of
December 8, 2011, President Barack Obama had made 28 recess appointments, all to full-time

Dean Yoder - January 9, 2012

I want to know why we are asking such question as to what we think of Pres. Obama’s appointments? There are obviously not constitutional and therefore they are illegal. The senate and house and the supreme court need to put a stop to them immediately. These appointed post have no power unless we as a nation cede this power to the appointer and his appointed. Bring this president to justice now!!!!

Charles Webb - January 9, 2012

I have left one comment already, and I must leave another, after reading most of these comments. I enjoyed all of them. It seems to me that we want this Obama guy Impeached immediately and put it jail! I think this is a great idea. We have got to DEMAND that the people who SUPPORT us in Washington, get to work, and get rid of this DICTATOR ASAP!! If they continue not to do their job. If they continue in not protecting our Constitution. If they fail, by allowing the willful neglect of the Law to continue, then they are COMPLICIT to the Law! I read somewhere that we have the RIGHT to ALTER
and ABOLISH?………If the people in this Country will just WAKE UP and VOTE, we can ALTER and ABOLISH most of what Obama has done (to us ) and get OUR COUNTRY BACK!!

Velma Camper - January 9, 2012

An absolute powergrab..BUT what are the republicans going to do about it???

I’ll tell you what.. They will not take measures to stop Obama at anything!!! [ be-it anything against Senate/House rules, anything unconstitutional or even Illegal! I think they enjoy this back & forth bickering because it’s all they have the guts to do.

They want their few minutes on the Senate floor in front of a camera, then go on their merry, way sitting on their hands & refuse to act!!!

Elven Matson - January 9, 2012

Does the president’s action call for an impeachment? I think he shold be impeached for an illegal act.

LV Stoddart - January 9, 2012

This is another vivid and outrageous example of Obama’s commitment to handing over private industry to Unions. I agree that we have a “dictator” not a “President.” We need to take action to curtail his destructive efforts NOW.

Mark Odom - January 9, 2012

the people need to drive toward impeahment of this president

Bob Palm - January 9, 2012

The Constitution is an obstacle for this president, therefore he will ignore it.

Thomas Oellerich - January 9, 2012

It’s time to initiate impeachment. Obama has no regard for the Constitution.

Cary Hill - January 9, 2012

He goes over congress all the time and nothing is done about it. They think they will be called racist i guess. We need to stand up our country. He was not elected dictator.

Paul Wilsom - January 9, 2012

So the president acted in a way that is unconstitional. My question is, how come nobody is taking action to stop this? Other than impeachment, what do you do to stop an elected official that is breaking the constitution? I believe impeachment is not being pressed because of a Democratically controlled Senate. What is there to stop the president from just assuming the power of dictatorship? The less he is challenged, the more he will do.

Anna - January 9, 2012

I am in favor of a citizen’s arrest. Congress seems not able to impeach Obama, so the next best thing is to do a citizen’s arrest of all of these people because that process too is a part of the governing of a nation. when the elected officials are so out of bounds, and off track in functioning of their elected duties, it becomes necessary for the citizens to not expect an election cycle to come into view, but to just take the whole thing in hand with a citizen’s arrest. it does no good to moan and groan over these power grabs and resultant dysfunctionality of a government that was designed to run well with the proper checks and balances in place. and waiting on election cycles is toooo long with toooo much damage to the nationhood of this America.

Gary Terashita - January 9, 2012

Once again the Heritage Foundation nails it. This president is out of control and must be reigned in.

Michael J Stare - January 9, 2012

As a president who seems to hold our constitution in contempt and as an obstacle to doing “great things” what makes anyone think he gives a damn about the “rules”. In this case its just another instance of Mr.Obama being Mr.Obama.

Frank Sabo - January 9, 2012

It’s one thing to complain about the president’s unconstitutional actions in these recess appointments and many other actions that he has initiated, however, absolutely nothing will happen until members of the House and Senate get off their butts and take back their Constitutional authority! If Obama gets reelected, we citizens may need to revisit what our nation’s founders did to throw off “tyrannical” government!

Ted Baumgardner - January 9, 2012

The President’s recess-appointment power when a given position subject to the power becomes vacant “during” a Senate recess. Thus, a position which has never been filled — such as the head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — is not even covered by the power and the present controversy about whether or not the Senate is in session or recess is misguided. A continuing vacancy — again, such as the CFPB head — is not “during[recess]” vacancy. Does everyone need remedial reading!

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Mary Jane Casablanca - January 9, 2012

President Obama’s actions are clearly illegal and unconstitutional. He is testing Congress and the American people to see whether they will take action against him. Unfortunately it looks like Congress will protest, but won’t do anything more to stop him. This is the end of our constitutional government if that happens. Where are our leaders? Why aren’t they standing up for our constitutional rights?

Mike, Hickory, NC - January 9, 2012

To those chanting “Impeach Obama! Impeach Obama! Impeach Obama!” there are three problems with that. 1. Not only is that demanding only Impeachment by the House without even mentioning Removal by the Senate, but the Presidential General Election of 2012 is now less than ten (10) months away anyway, and the sufficiently slow or complicit (by default and otherwise) in the House (including the so-called “leadership”) would take as long if not longer to even begin “debating” or taking up impeachment proceedings. 2. Obama’s accomplices in charge in the Senate would never remove him from office anyway. 3. Even if Obama was Impeached by the House and removed from office by the Senate, the “Presidential line of succession” is lousy with those ranging from his like minded Comrades, as in the Vice President, Secretary of State, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, to one who has already repeatedly shown himself to be not exactly the most faithfull and reliable Speaker of the House we’ve ever had. In short, it’s too late and futile to chant for Impeachment by the House and Removal by the Senate, so the only real and sufficiently possible remedy we, the people, have at hand against Obama is to vote him out of office this year (2012).

Joseph McKennan - January 9, 2012

We the people of the United States do have an option… vote them all out of office.

Miles A. Brumberg, D.O. - January 9, 2012

If some American Constitutional experts belive these actions are unconstitutional why do they not do something about them. It is frightening to observe that your president harbors serious reservations about the greatness of America as a nation, a society and a culture that he is hell bent on destroying it and we are letting him do it. Now is too late. The election is growing closer and its too late to tie these things up in litigation or impeachment proceedings. Eric Holder may be right when he says we are unable to have a serious discussion about race in this country. If we, black, white oriental or hispanic or any combination thereof, are afraid to challenge Obama on anything because of his race we will never be able to challenge anyone on anything no matter what their race.. When criticism is interpreted as being racist no matter what the issue being discussed, how can there be any reasonable discussion. For once Eric Holder speaks the truth as painful as it is for me to admit it as he is one of the architects of this mentality in the worst of all positions in government for such a person to be appointed, that of Attorney General of the United States.i

Dean G.Newman - January 9, 2012

These unconstitutional apppointments are further examples of Obama thumbing his nose constantly at the separation of powers, Congressional authority, and the Constitution.

Donna Matejcek - January 9, 2012

It is another power grab that our Senate and House do nothing about. If our other branches do not stand up we are on our way to communism before the 2012 election. My trust is now in God alone since it seems Washington forgot about Him.

Edna - January 10, 2012

Where are our Republican Congressmen to stand up to this and articulate the real issue???

Juliana Leach - January 10, 2012

The founding fathers of the United States of America created a constitution and government whose purpose would be to defend our freedom. Obama ( I’m sorry I cannot address him as president because he is not carrying out the responsibilities of the office, rather, he undermines our freedom) is acting out his arrogance.

Thomas Jacobs - January 10, 2012

When you have some one like Obama ruling you don’t need those pesky laws, that the common folk are forced to obey! you just have too rule like a Chicago thug. but unlike Al Capone he won’t go too prison. what the United states needs to do is take these huge amounts of money out of politics, & get people in there that beleive in the betterment of America, for every one equally.

Steve Lyle - January 10, 2012

Mr. Obama acknowledged the “gimmick” when he signed the two month extension of the payroll tax cut plan sent him by the pro-forma congress. His criticisms and actions are disingenuous.

Kevin Yount - January 10, 2012

How can this man be impeached?!!!!!!!!! This is not the first time he’s done such a thing! Seriously!

Ron Marchal - January 10, 2012

We all know Obama has no regard for the Constitution. The real issue, as many here have commented, is what will Republicans in Congress do about it? I will not hold my breath. Real change in Washington wil not come until the people, in significant numbers, peacefully take to the streets and express our displeasure.

Diana Millwood - January 10, 2012

This is not the first unconstitutional action from Mr. Obama. Why are there no repercussions?

Andie Fletcher - January 11, 2012

This President needs to be impeached. It is time that Congress acts for the people they represent and not be afraid of being called a racist. This has nothing to do about race and everything to do about this President not “upholding and protecting the Constitution of the United States.” Which is the oath he took at the inaguration; oh yeah! He flubbed that up.

Larry Miller - January 11, 2012

Nothing this president does surprises me. Politics, it’s a game. Seems very few actually give a hoot about the people that elected them. They just want in the game. Sad!

Barbara Sutton - January 11, 2012

Who is going to stop this. I don’t here our congress or senate making commets. Are they so afraid to speak for us. Some how we must put them on the line to answer to the citizens or be fired. Our votes are always usurped by the eletoral college.

neil hutcher - January 11, 2012

I am outraged! If pro tem was good enough to pass the terrible tax holiday bill why did it not count as being in- session to block these appointments??
Better question is what’s to be done about it???
Why are we not yet in court?? Why has Issa not called Obama before his House Committee???
Neil Hutcher

Mary Kinser - January 11, 2012

This is not the 1st time that Obama has thwarted conventional wisdom & behavior [& probably constitutional mores]. Sadly our Congress is doing nothing that I know of to effectively stop him from thumbing his nose @ this government & the people it is suppose to protect. It seems that all that happens is people talking about how disrespectful Obama is but there are no consequences. When we break the rules we have to pay so should the President or any other governmental official.

Larry Templeton - January 12, 2012

The non recess RECESS APPOINTMENTS were breath takingly illegal and unconstitutional. Is anyone going to hold the president accountable for his unprecedented violation of constitutional powers?

RIchard Griese - January 12, 2012

The question is: What will the Republicans in the House and Senate do about this? If they don’t make a stand and get the appointments negated then why make a big fuss about anything Obama does? Many people have said to me over the years “There’s no real difference between the parties”. If Republicans don’t take a stand on their principles in cases such as this maybe the people are right.

Doris Strouse - January 12, 2012

When will someone in the House of Representatives have the courage to begin Articles of Impeachment against this President?

irene brown - January 14, 2012

There is way too much talking and not any action. Congress needs to get some guts and take drastic action to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Obama & his cronies are getting away with corrupt actions almost on a weekly basis. I see our country slipping away just like Germany did under Hitler.

Emmett Joe Short - January 16, 2012

The action is patenly uncopnstitutional. but the question is. who is going to challenge him on it. Will the Congress bring suit or just complain?

Eleanor - January 21, 2012

Typical of the President, he’s after power. Impeach him if you can. I don’t expect much out of the Senate, but what is wrong with Congress? PRAYER with ACTION is what it will take. My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14-15 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord Psalm 33:12 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people Proverbs 14:34 Also Deut 30:9-10

William M Snedden Sr - January 24, 2012

Recess appointments STINK! But the congress CAN recind any such appointment at the next session of congress.

IF they would follow up they can nullify this outrageous action by the president. Shame on them if they don’t fix the problem!!!

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