Donald Trump is What You Get When There Is No Presidential Way to Drain the Swamp

by johndavis, October 10, 2017

Donald Trump is What You Get When There Is No Presidential Way to Drain the Swamp October 10, 2017        Vol. X, No. 9        9:13 am There is no presidential way to drain the swamp There is no presidential way to drain the swamp. President Trump understands that better than anyone else in Washington DC. That’s
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Donald Trump is What You Get When There Is No Presidential Way to Drain the Swamp

October 10, 2017        Vol. X, No. 9        9:13 am

There is no presidential way to drain the swamp

There is no presidential way to drain the swamp.

President Trump understands that better than anyone else in Washington DC. That’s why he is indifferent to the outrage of his critics like US Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican who chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Corker has questioned the president’s “stability” and “competence.” He tweeted Sunday that “the White House has become an adult day care center.”

That’s it for Corker. He is now in the Trump trap.  The latest Republican on a long list to fall prey to Trump’s ploy of needling his opponents into the tangled web of reactionary vindictiveness.

The Trump trap. Force your opponent to defend the way things have always been done … in the swamp. In Washington, DC. Where working class Americans struggling with inadequate employment opportunities are ignored in favor of those freed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision to form super PACs and buy the influence of elected and appointed insiders with hundreds of millions of untraceable dollars.

Yes, that swamp.

Congressional leaders take heed: Every despicable, incompetent, crude, insulting, immature, reckless, irresponsible and insensitive thing that Trump has ever said or done COMBINED, is not as bad in the minds of his supporters as a do-nothing federal government rigged for the privileged few.

President Trump will continue to make fools of US Senate and House leaders who continue to protect the swamp. Who put the moral high ground of the way things have always been done ahead of getting things done. Those who value civility over outrage.

Trump voters chose unpresidential over civility

Trump is an angry protest vote. That’s why everything that he says or does that is deemed outrageous by traditional presidential standards is acceptable … in the context of an angry protest.

Think about Trump as African-Americans rioting, looting and burning buildings in protest of racial injustice in law enforcement. Think about Trump as a masked, black-clad anarchist throwing police barriers through windows on the campus of Berkeley University in protest of a conservative speaker.

Or, as Michael Moore said on Meet the Press, October 2, 2016, think about Trump as a “human Molotov cocktail that they get to go into the voting booth on November 8th and throw him into a political system that has made their lives miserable.”

Trump was elected to be a constant pain in the neck of the establishment. An obnoxious interruption in the way things have always been done. Infuriatingly insensitive. Callous. Crude. Unpresidential.

Here is a list from the New York Times of about 100 mistakes President Trump has made. As unpresidential as most of them are, read them in the context of this thought: Donald Trump was not elected to be presidential. He was elected to drain the swamp.

There is no presidential way to drain the swamp.

Only 18% of Americans say beliefs are more important than action

A new Gallup poll released Monday, October 9, 2017, shows unequivocally that American voters want federal leaders to get things done even if it means compromising their beliefs. Only 18% say that leaders should stick to their beliefs even if nothing gets done. Three times as many voters (54%) want political leaders in Washington, DC to compromise to get things done.

The lack of legislative action on issues that matter most (immigration, healthcare and all matters that spur job growth from trade and tax reform to infrastructure spending) is why Americans continue to list Dissatisfaction with Government/Poor Leadership as the most important national problem.

On September 18, 2017, Gallup released a poll showing that 71% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, and that “satisfaction with governance is related to Congress approval.” Congressional job approval today? About 13% per Real Clear Politics average.

Meanwhile, President Trump’s job approval is 39% per Real Clear Politics. Nothing to write home about, but three times that of unproductive Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington.

Unfortunately for establishment Republicans, the voter outrage that propelled unpresidential Donald Trump past their hand-picked candidates for president is now being redirected against US Senate and House Republican incumbents in next year’s GOP primaries. In today’s political environment, the establishment is the kiss of death. It’s why US Sen. Luther Strange lost to religious right zealot Roy Moore in the Alabama GOP primary on September 26. (Moore makes Jesse Helms look moderate.)

US Sen Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund spent $6,552,462 of the nearly $11.5 million spent by outside sources in the Alabama US Senate GOP primary race and lost to a challenger whose outside allies spent $1.5 million. The establishment is the kiss of death in 2017-2018.

Conservative revolutionary Steve Bannon, former White House adviser to President Trump and now executive chairman at Breitbart News, led the charge in Alabama against the establishment. Against Karl Rove and the US Chamber. He is now promising to challenge every incumbent Republican US Senator in 2018 … except Ted Cruz.

President Trump will continue to make fools of US Senate and House leaders, like Tom Corker, who protect the swamp. Who put the moral high ground of the way things have always been done ahead of getting things done. Those who stand by tradition and civility and in the face of voter outrage.

Donald Trump is what you get when there is no presidential way to drain the swamp.

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