At his Inauguration on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

On January 4, 2012, President Obama broke his oath.

The so-called “recess appointment” of Rich Cordray as Czar of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was described by Investor’s Business Daily as having “crossed over from socialistic extremism into lawlessness and, perhaps, impeachability.”

Why such harsh words?  Because this “recess appointment” (of the head of a powerful regulatory body, with Czar-like control over America’s once-free market system) was done by the President of the United States while the Senate was not in recess.

That means the Constitutional requirement that the American people have a say in such appointments, through our duly-elected representatives, was thwarted by the President.

The purpose of the Constitution is to enumerate, and then limit, the powers of government.  It was an affront to America’s founding principles to even create a department like CFPB, with unlimited power over our once-free markets and the ability to set its own budget.  But it was an assault on the Constitution, and a breaking of the President’s Inaugural oath, to “recess appoint” the head of CFPB while the Senate was not in recess.

Some say that Tea Partiers are anti-government.  That is not correct.  We are for the American government as it was founded.  And it was founded specifically to limit the power of government, to give the People a voice in our government, and to secure our liberties so we can pursue our happiness and achieve the American Dream in what used to be a free market system.

All of that was violated when the President made his un-Constitutional recess appointment to an un-American regulatory body with unchecked power over our once-free markets – while ignoring the will of the people through our duly-elected representatives.

Article by Michael Prell

Michael Prell is a strategist for Tea Party Patriots, and an award-winning international communications expert.