So, apparently since 2005 due to an opinion by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Council who, in a 29 page review, concluded that the President need not personally perform the physical act of affixing his signature to a bill he approves and decides to sign in order for the bill to become law. Rather, the President may sign a bill within the meaning of Article I, Section 7 by directing a subordinate to affix the President’s signature to such a bill, for example by autopen.”
This is a conclusion made by the President’s lawyers (President Bush) circumventing the Constitution of the United States of America to allow a mechanical device to affix a likeness of the signature of the President to any document. Whoa! Shouldn’t that require a Constitutional Amendment rather than a decision made by an individual or body dependent on favorable legal interpolations for continued income?
Article 1, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution says:
“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approves he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it…”
The Constitution doesn’t say that bills, Executive Orders, Executive Directives, administrative pay increases or the like can come to fruition without the President’s knowledge, which is the next step. We are soon going to be governed by anybody with access to the official autopen. “I authorize a $2 million expense account for myself. Wait a minute; I can take care of that”. “I think that since Mary and I are bumping loins regularly, she should have her pay doubled, I can take care of that”.
Using an autopen to sign hundreds of thousands of Christmas cards or acknowledge millions of letters with a prepared “Thank you for your concern” return missive seem like a legitimate uses of such a device. Signing a bill into law without reading it, not so much. We’re talking about an extension to the Patriot Act with additional provisions granting privacy invasions of citizens in the name of terrorist surveillance. Shouldn’t that at least require some attention from our Chief Executive?
This President has already neutered Congress with his Executive Orders, Cabinet and Czar appointments, bureaucratic agency creations and other unworldly spending. Now he, on the path of his predecessor, is opening the door to eliminating the need for a President. Is this simply another step toward the demise of America as a sovereign nation and the creation of a “One World” or “Global” government? It sure looks like it.