Lanterns: If You Complained about Barack Obama Are You Okay With This From Donald Trump?


If You Complained about Barack Obama Are You Okay With This From Donald Trump?

Many mornings, in order to get a handle of the outrage du jour, I try to check President Donald Trump's Twitter musings. October 10th was no exception when I saw this Tweet from his account: "Since Congress can't get his act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people - FAST."

In the midst of his Tweets about ESPN, the NFL and Liddle' Bob Corker, the above Tweet received scant, if any, media attention.

Barack Obama in a statement before a Cabinet meeting in 2014:

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.”

”And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

Setting aside President Trump's misuse of the term "HealthCare" when he is actually referring to health insurance, I have to ask all the hardcore Trump supporters and apologists are you okay with this statement?

Given all the outrage when Barack Obama's statement that he had a "phone and pen" why would you be okay with Donald Trump saying that he had the "power of the pen?"

Sometimes it seems that a little bit of consistency is just way too much to ask for.



Written by Mark Watkins

Conservatarian blogger living in the Upper Midwest. Strong believer in personal responsibility, smaller federal government and the Constitution in it's original meaning. Articles and thoughts can also be found at

3 Responses

That would be like asking Hillary fans if she lost because she was a flat, unappealing candidate who alienated key constituents that she took for granted. In this age of messianic politics reinforced with echo chamber online news, my party's candidate is always right, your party's candidate is always wrong, and everything that contradicts this is just fake news. Like Obama, Trump was deliberately vague and big on the promises, so that people could project all their hopes and fears onto him, which is how he became all that is holy and American to some, and all that is fascist literally Hitler to others. When faith in a politician is in every way the same as religious faith, no facts or arguments will ever budge people, any more than an article, or many of them, will ever convert people to/from a religion.

I know, I just think that we, as conservatives, would be better at getting out our message if we could stay consistent.

You mean not endorsing and acting like all the things we've railed at so hard for the last 8 years? Yes that would probably help our credibility a very great deal. The voting public isn't completely brain dead, they can sniff hypocrisy, and right now, Republicans are sure doing a lot of the things they claim to hate the Democrats for (and then, ironically, call people pointing this out RINOS).

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