With Senators like this, who needs Constitutional government?

Montana’s junior U.S. senator Jon Tester is fighting to retain his entitlements in DC. I receive lovely email updates about his activities protecting and defending the constitution of the United States. It was after yet another post about yet another self-promoting community meeting that I dared satisfy my curiosity as to what else he was doing with his time:


Mon 16 Jan

Sen. Tester —

Thank you for the email regarding your recent activities.

What I really want to know is, *what steps are you and your colleagues in the Senate taking regarding President Obama’s illegal “recess” appointment when Congress was not in recess?*

We are a nation of laws, not men. This is a violation of our U.S. Constitution! If left unchallenged it is an abdication of sworn duties by Congress. If our elected officials lack the integrity to uphold and defend the Constitution, as is their sworn duty, then none of your town hall meetings will have any relevance as the country spirals into ruin.

This is madness! And failure to stop such a blatant wrong disgraces Montanan ideals of honesty, integrity, and courage.

Regards —


On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM, Senator Jon Tester <senator@tester.senate.gov> wrote:

Dear Thomas,

Thank you for contacting me about the President’s recent recess appointments.  I appreciate your perspective on this issue.

I have concerns about that the broken process has led to these appointments.  Nominees without controversial personal backgrounds deserve an up-or-down vote in the Senate based on whether they can do the job they were nominated to do, but too often partisan gridlock gets in the way.  Some senators insist on blocking votes simply to score political points, and I believe that’s wrong. For me, citizenship is more important than partisanship.

I hope you will contact me again with your concerns or if I can be of further assistance.


Jon Tester
United States Senator


Mon 26 Jan

Sen. Tester —

Thank you for your reply.

Again, we are a nation of laws, not men. Where does the Constitution state that the President can ignore law because he finds it inconvenient?

The process is the process. We have checks-and-balances with divided governmental powers specifically to reign in megalomaniacs and autocrats.

This appointment is an illegal breach of Constitutional powers. If left unchallenged it is an abdication of sworn duties by Congress. If you lack the integrity to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution which is in place to protect all Americans — of all races and all beliefs and all political affiliations, then why do Montanans need you in D.C. as our Senator?

Regards —


Sad and frightening. I’m reluctant to call such politicians “stupid.” They know exactly what they are doing — abandoning integrity and discourse for personal gain and stolen power. What’s harder to understand is, how do such people get elected? Oh yeh. You don’t reject Santa Clause.

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