Date: January 27th 2012

Conservative Resources by J.P. Travis at

The state of the State of the Union

Most Americans think the annual State of the Union (SOTU) speech by the president is some sort of constitutional requirement, but it’s not, and after watching President Obama give his third one on Tuesday, people are suggesting Congress should quit this bad habit cold turkey.

Here’s what the U.S. Constitution has to say on the issue:
“He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient...” – Article II, Section 3
Obviously, the Constitution says nothing about a speech every January. All it says is that the president needs to let Congress know what’s happening “from time to time.” Until Woodrow Wilson marched over to the U.S. Capitol in 1914 to indulge his professorial inclinations, presidents traditionally delivered the State of the Union in a letter...

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