Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Presidential Signing Statements

I am not a lawyer, but I'm a native English speaker, and I'm at a loss to understand what the heck Presidential "signing statements" are supposed to do.

The Constitution of the United States

Article I [The Legislative Branch]

Section 7

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 approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a law.

Article II [The Presidency]

Section 3

he [the President] shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed

The US Constitution is full of vague language, which can be interpreted in creative ways, but this is dead straight. If the President signs a bill into law, he approves it. If he doesn't like it, he can veto, but if it becomes law, it's LAW (unless the Supremes say it's not Constitutional, but that's another issue), and the President is bound by his oath of office to execute it.

What's hard about this? It's incredible that people stand still for this kind of tyrannical horseshit.

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