PEN AND PHONE? Should a ‘Conservative’ President Use Them?

Written by Michael Cummings on September 19, 2014

The now infamous, despotic phrase Barack Obama uttered in January of this year is often thrown back at him in accusations of his many actions residing outside his powers as enumerated in the US Constitution.

It doesn’t take much to see how lawless Obama and his administration are, and how disheartening it is to see the Left cheering them on. Little do they know how despotic power can turn on them when the winds shift.

Speaking of which, what if our side wins the presidency in 2016? Would we support a man or woman who uses executive power to reverse Obama’s mess? Further, would we support someone who uses executive power to go around Congress for the things we know would do our country and the world good?

In other words, is it despotism if the action is in favor of liberty? If a conservative president would even attempt such action, how far would he/she get?

Let’s list a few of the things that need to be done, but precious few have the guts to so much as say aloud:
— Implement a Flat Tax of 10%, effectively abolishing 90% of the IRS
— Abolish or at least kill the federal budgets of the Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Army Corp of Engineers, NPR, PBS, etc.
— Cut off all foreign aid to countries who hate us
— Allow any citizen to direct Social Security contributions to private financial organizations.
— Build the wall on our southern border
— Halt all taxpayer dollars paying for abortions

The uproar following the implementation of any one of these would deafen most people, and yet none is so large an effort as to make a marked difference in lives of most Americans — except to weigh down our wallets, increase our freedom, and boost the economy. In fact, most of the federal departments above didn’t exist 100 years ago, and our country prospered without them.

C.S. Lewis said,

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

Is it hypocritical to say conservatives would be okay with a conservative Obama who might act when Congress won’t? I’m not so sure what Lewis said applies to America today.

If by executive order U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi were released from El Hongo Federal Prison in Mexico tomorrow, would we oppose such an action? Not at all. Yet we’ve been subjected to Obama and his statism for six years. Somehow, I don’t believe we would protest in the streets if every letter of Obamacare found their way into Lois Lerner’s black-holed hard drive.

We are all experiencing the rapid elimination of our freedoms and greater taxation such that the reversal of which — by executive order, legislation, or statute — would not feel like a clamp but a welcome, relieving “click” of the handcuffs as they’re removed from our collective wrists.

You may accuse me of cognitive dissonance or hypocrisy but in the case of freedom, anyone who aims to cut away our increasingly tight economic, legal, and social bonds — as long as such actions return us back to our founding principles — has my vote.



Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.