Bogged Down in the Swamp

Bogged Down in the Swamp

by Dave Batcheller

During his remarkable campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump repeatedly made a promise to the American people to “drain the swamp” of Washington DC corruption, gridlock, and politics-as-usual. In the process, he was able to tap directly in to the ever-increasing frustration of American voters. When combined with Hillary Clinton’s questionable character and egregious actions, these voters sent a deafening message for real change to our government.

Now, less than three months after his inauguration, President Trump is already facing the harsh reality of delivering on his promise. A flood of support from American voters catapulted Trump into office, yet despite a flurry of declarations and executive orders early on, he now finds himself mired in the same swamp he vowed to drain. Major challenges with our health care system, economic recovery, immigration reform, dealing with ISIS, and many others, may all soon be swallowed up by the swamp.

And so we are confronted afresh with the infamous gridlock and inefficiency of our federal government. With clarity and conviction, this author and many others, have asserted for years that both political parties, Democrat and Republican, have become but two sides of the same coin. Both have the same insatiable thirst for control, and both are terminally ill with a cancer that has been allowed to eat at the soul of America for decades. Their greedy tendencies and dismal track records are apparent to everyone but them. Both parties, in spite of the rhetoric, share very similar goals; and yet their childish inability to work together is destroying the future of our nation.

Both Democrats and Republicans have created this swamp of DC organized crime, yet we have turned to them once again to solve the problem. Even with the presidency and both houses of Congress in their control, the Republicans seem incapable (or unwilling) to carry out their own promises or stated agendas. As incomprehensible as it may seem, Americans will soon learn just how deep and polluted this swamp runs.

We the People are supposed to be in charge. Our elected officials are supposed to represent and work for us. So what will we do when we find ourselves in the near future facing such gross incompetence again?

While we try to remain optimistic about the Trump presidency, we should not be so foolish as to believe that any one man can save our country. It is up to each one of us to ensure the restoration of our true American ideals. We can no longer rely upon our political system. Each of us must come to a very real decision point, where we acknowledge this and take the responsibility upon ourselves.

Collectively, we need to unite and implement our own “swamp draining” plan. Personally, it is imperative that we take steps to defend our liberties and prepare for the likelihood of rough times ahead.

Drain the swamp? A great slogan… an awesome concept… we will see…

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