August 14, 2018
When candidate Trump started talking about “draining the swamp,” I thought I knew exactly what he meant.
Get rid of Barack Obama’s team of bureaucrats and hangers-on who worked tirelessly for 8 years to grow the size and scope of government; who foisted untold regulatory harm on families and businesses; who concentrated unprecedented power in the Executive Branch; who drove deep divisions within the American family based on everything from race to income; and who increased taxes, spending, and bureaucracy to historic levels.
I thought that in addition to ridding us of the Obama regime, draining the swamp meant getting rid of a few bad apples in Congress and the bureaucracy.
In my naivety, I believed that once drained, we could turn the swamp to fertile ground and repair the many things that had been broken through neglect or design by those who put ideology or personal power before America’s well being.
Damn, was I ever wrong!
The swamp, as it turns out is far wider, deeper, and more foul than I ever imagined. There are critters, monsters, and demons thriving in the swamp who would rather see our country ruined and our freedom curtailed than see their egos bruised or their left wing agenda frustrated.
Consider these examples:
John McCain: Speaking of ego, McCain strutted onto the floor of the Senate with the opportunity to finally end Obamacare. Instead, he promptly voted NO (thumbs down) to putting us in charge of our own health care and saving most Americans lots of money. He did this because Donald Trump wasn’t nice to him.
Elizabeth Warren: To the left of the left, Senator Warren is a swamp dweller from Massachusetts determined to see ALL taxes as high and as far as they will stretch. A through-and-through socialist right down to her little left-wing heart, Ms. Warren believes the money you earn should be available for the common good — as she alone determines who is common and what is good.
Maxine Waters: Waters is a Congresswoman from Los Angeles who has thrived (and I mean thrived) by representing one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. In her 20 plus years in Congress, Ms. Waters has amazingly introduced only three bills — one of which was to name a post office. Despite that dreadfully thin record, she has somehow made enough money to live in a $4.3 million dollar mansion outside her district and pay her daughter $750,000 to send political mailings on her behalf. Talk about the swamp!
Congressman Joe Crowley: Crowley from New York proposes taking your hard earned money and turning it over to illegal immigrants because our country followed the law and separated children from their families while everyone was legally processed. He thinks illegals should be compensated by YOU!
Congressman Louis Gutierrez: This Illinois Congressman warned everyone to keep their filthy hands off Planned Parenthood even though they murder 700,000 black babies every year. To Gutierrez, and the liberal swamp dwellers like him, Planned Parenthood’s genocide against black Americans is non-negotiable.
All of these individuals — and a great many more — share an indelible mark that particularly distinguishes the monsters from the mere pesky and painful among the swamp dwellers in Washington DC. It’s the absolute certainty that anyone holding a belief contrary to their own should be punished rather than debated.
I will continue the list of those who thrive in our political swamp in upcoming blogs. I’ll distinguish between those who rise only to the level of critter, and those who are more evil in their monster-ness, but write I will without fear or favor.
I hope you’ll write as well. Comment on Facebook or send me a note at john@2016Committee.org. Share the antics of your favorite — or least favorite — swamp dweller; or just share your ideas and opinions about our politics today. I’ll pass it along.
Because friends, you and I know the truth, the swamp is getting worse, and if we don’t drain it soon, it will eventually overtake us all.
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.