Elevating From The Swamp
I am guilty of referring to Congress as “The Swamp” not without good reason. Every day we are subject to the unprofessional antics and political stunts played out on Social Media and Television day time talk shows and even news anchors or so called political analysists.
There are certain Constitutional responsibilities afforded members of Congress, among those are creating laws and adhering to certain ethical standards in the performance of their jobs. For the most part members of Congress do a fairly good job at conducting themselves in high ethical standards. However as with a barrel of apples there are some bad ones that go to untold lengths to hog the political spotlight so that they achieve name recognition as movers and shakers.
There are certain times when those in political power decide to run for the highest office in the land, the Presidency of the United States, while other times it is thrust upon them. We are told not to judge a book by its cover, but once achieving the office of the Presidency, they become an open book exposed for all to see. Not everyone makes a good president and each must learn to adjust or do the best they know how or leave office for the good of themselves and for the nation.
The Constitution was written and adopted at a time when there was no “norm” as the American way of life was just beginning. Trying to foresee every eventuality was an impossible task. Electing a president had never been done before and a system of voting included the use of an Electoral College where surrogates chose the president.
Another process was what to do to remove a president? This brought up the impeachment process for elected officials, and specifically the president could be removed for high crimes and misdemeanors, but what are they exactly? Over time the Speaker of the House (Gerald Ford) said “High Crimes and Misdemeanors is whatever the House says it is at a particular time in history”). Well low and behold it came about that the Speaker of the House Gerald Ford became our 38th President.
This brings up a question, what happens when a member of the so-called “Swamp” moves into the White House? Keep in mind most have spent a considerable amount of their adulthood as a member of Congress of 4 – 8 years or longer. It’s like someone working in a fast food restaurant who suddenly gets elevated to shift leader or store manager. They are no longer known as “buddy”. How do they adjust?
We’ve a number of presidents in recent years that have come from either the House or the Senate and now they’re the “most important man in the world” (in their eyes, and the eyes of many). How exactly does one shake off the swamp mud?
Lyndon Baines Johnson was thrust into the presidency with the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and he launched the nation fully into the war in Vietnam and refused to run for reelection. Both Kennedy and Johnson were WWII naval officers and both were members of Congress who elevate into the White House. Jimmy Carter also a WWII naval officer and combat veteran was also a member of Congress who rose to the highest office.
Barack Obama was one of those who used the power of the pen to exert his “presidential power”. He became impatient with Congress acting too slowly or not at all (remember he spent 8 years in the US Senate) and created DACA (Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals) when Congress couldn’t seem to get the job done. The fact that it was unconstitutionally enacted made no matter to Obama and Congress said and did nothing!
It seems that once a politician gets immersed into the swamp through the Congress it’s pretty near impossible to get away clean. Most simply go from Congress to a cushy political job in their home state. Hillary Clinton was one who had been in the White House as the First Lady, then elected into the US Senate with aspirations of going back into the White House as the first female President, so much so that the means of her election campaign justified the end. Yet what put a stop to her dream job was a non-politician whom she knew very well and had solicited for campaign contributions in past campaigns. I’m talking about Donald Trump. He came out of the shadows, stole the limelight and ultimately won the presidency. That dream job turned into a political nightmare for Hillary and her supporters who have yet to recover. It stands to reason that if you bathe in a mud puddle, then tromp throughout the house you’ll leave a trail that a blind man can follow.
As the 2020 Presidential Election is just around the corner, a lot of the swamp rats are scrambling for exposure in hopes of keeping the swamp alive and well in the foreseeable future. The only way out is to drain the swamp and having a viable plan to clean up all the muddy tracks and remove all traces that the swamp ever existed. Seeing the resistance coming from the congressional leftists I’d say that President Trump is well on the way to getting the swamp drained – One rat at a time! – I am the Real Truckmaster!