The AutoPen as only been used in the past to sign non-legal items such as Christmas
cards, campaign letter, etc. The same U.S. Justice Dept. which did not pursue the Philadelphia
Black Panther voter intimidation case because the perps were Atty. Gen. Holder's "people,"
decided this was OK.
The reasoning is that the prez made known his intentions,
therefore anyone can sign for him. Whoa! That's not exactly what the Constitution says,
but then there does not seem to be much regard for the Constitution theses days. If
the Writers had intended a proxy signature to be valid, a line of succession would have
Now it is reasonable to ask how many other laws, orders, etc.,
have been signed using the mechanical hand? How about the order to launch cruise missiles
into Libya while partying in Brazil? The order to kill Bin Laden while playing a round
of golf? Should a review of all documents signed since January 20, 2009, be performed
to determine which have been signed by the AutoPen?
I don't care which political
party is committing unconstitutional - or extraconstitutional - acts, it should never
be allowed. If no man is above the law, then it applies everywhere - even at the top
of the food chain.