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The Swamp Is Running Scared

The Swamp Is Running Scared
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a military briefing during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday, 27 December 2018 04:58 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The revolving exit door from the White House and the evident disloyalty from some of the non-Trumper federal personnel can easily give one the impression that President Donald John Trump has a major staffing problem on his hands.

The retention of family members as close confidantes points to the issue of "who can he trust?" Such invariably creates conflicts of interest and seems on the surface to favor nepotism which was partially addressed by the presidency of John F. Kennedy when his brother Robert was his Attorney General.

It is intriguing the number of non-Republicans held up for praise in searching for success stories when it was party loyalists who have helped carry the water for this beleaguered presidency. One of the bad jokes among Black Republicans is when our leadership gets the seats and they want to talk about black America, they go for African-American Democrats instead of coming to those of us who have been elected to something and have served often at tremendous personal costs.

Having a seat in the arena in play, some things are seemingly quite apparent from the actions of senior incumbent Congress persons who chose not to run again. Though it was not openly acknowledged, Trump hit a nerve which neglected Americans sense in being willing to give him some leeway in doing what he feels must be done, even if it meant sacrificing the tried and true who have held seats. The uncertainty of what the Trump administration would do on any given day gave too many elected politicians the “heebie jeebies” and folks may have decided to stock up their benefits and credits on their way out of Dodge. Those who couldn’t eat the elephant whole decided one bite at a time wouldn’t do what needed to be done. They searched only for the tenderloin of meat when the butt end was where it seemed most plugged, in need of a laxative to clean out those who were part of the swamp.

Many in Congress in choosing not to run again sought the easy way out when they couldn’t have their way or felt opportunities for power diminished, failing to appreciate that politics is like making sausage — it may taste good but making it remains a blood sport not geared to the weak at heart or those afraid to get their hands dirty. The town halls were a relatively new form of communications too often with planted questions and not enough interaction with the citizens who should have been better represented. Candidates were running on a set agenda determined not by the districts but often by the party, thought groups, or PACS who didn’t have to live among them or face the consequences of what the outcomes would be. Think tanks have been allowed to dominate public policy. Others cowardly retreated from the opinion of their districts which often strayed from those entrenched in politics to representing other than their own.

Term limits are something to be considered as sensible and a way of increasing the diversity of ideas needed to build a stronger nation. Unfortunately Congress operates based on seniority, which requires long term service for leadership positions. This could be overturned by drawing lots for committees in some sort of manner to eliminate opportunities to dominate powerful committees. This is also important because as President Trump is seeing, people with experience in certain areas need opportunities in such an arena to build these skills. Representatives should step down after no more than 3 terms in any Congressional office. It’s as hikers learn in considering the presence of snakes — the first encounter wakes him up, the second makes him mad, and the third forces him to bite you.

Limits on political spending should come to a head for it is ridiculous the amount of money being spent to obtain a federal or state legislative seat. One billion dollars for a presidential run, twenty or more million for any senatorial seat, and no less than one million for a representative’s seat for positions often paying less than $200,000 per year. How ridiculous! That is enough to fund some school districts or bring state retirement funds equity. Realistically citizens should ask, how do folks go into these positions poor and come out filthy rich?

The Supreme Court should be ashamed of itself for ruling PACs and moneyed interests have the right to contribute as much or more than individuals to elections when they are not citizens and cannot vote. Given the power of representation for those with wealth, connections, and vested interest in excess of that which John Q Public can afford, wealth unfortunately tilts the balance of justice away from the individual. We don’t need to game the system anymore than it already is so that only billionaires can run and in turn rule.

The rule of law should be the U.S. Constitution and if it isn't in there we should not be doing it.

Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH is a licensed teacher, retired Corporate physician, former county school board member, speaker, author of Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Good for What Ails Us Book 1 (available through Amazon. com) and is the NC Republican National Committeewoman. Contact through DrAdaMFisher.org. To read more of Dr. Fisher's reports, Click Here Now.

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The revolving exit door from the White House and the evident disloyalty from some of the non-Trumper federal personnel can easily give one the impression that President Donald John Trump has a major staffing problem on his hands.
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