Originally Posted by cosmo20002
I'm calling the operational rules (the pro forma session) a sham. I'm calling the clause in the Constitution about recess appointments obsolete.
You sound like Henry Hyde, when he said congress declaring war was obsolete...'er actually I believe he called it an anachorism.
You don't get to change it at will even if it's obsolete. You change it with an amendment.
Other than that, it's just your OPINION that it's a sham.
Fact is that the Senate still gets to make it's operational rules NOT the President. There is NO delegated power for the President to make such a rule change for another branch. That destroys the checks and balances, which is never obsolete—unless you want a dictatorship. Checks and balances are NOT obsolete. Taking powers is NOT obsolete which is what you are calling for.
“The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.” ~ James Madison, Father of the Constitution
“We do not believe in aggressive or preventive war. Such war is the weapon of dictators, not of free democratic countries like the United States.”~ Truman, Sept 1, 1950