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Newsmax Exclusive Viguerie: Here's How Trump Can Drain the Swamp

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By    |   Sunday, 15 Jan 2017 10:15 AM

It recently appeared that President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” — perhaps the most familiar refrain of his stunningly successful populist campaign — might be short-lived.

In December, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Trump “doesn’t want to use it anymore.”

An informal Trump adviser, Gingrich told NPR’s Morning Edition: “I’m told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore.”

Conservatives naturally wondered if this was perhaps the first hint that the Beltway establishment had found a way to co-opt even the formidable Donald Trump.

But thankfully, Trump soon took to his beloved social media to correct the record, tweeting: “Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase ‘Drain the Swamp’ was no longer being used by me. Actually, we will always be trying to DTS.”

And with that, notice was served to denizens in D.C.’s bureaucratic quagmire that they’re still in the new administration’s political cross-hairs — just where they ought to be.

Trump’s victory was a defeat not only for Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party, but also for the big-government establishment GOP.

For over a century, progressives have been eating away at our Constitution and America’s exceptionalism.

Following eight years of the most radical progressive president in our history in Barack Obama, and an oft-ineffective opposition party, America has found itself on the verge of never again being able to recover its greatness, or to restore the constitutional rule of law over government.

Make no mistake, a President Hillary Clinton would have sealed our fate.

But the election of Trump, who ran against Washington with its progressive, big-government institutions and conventional thinking that were bringing America to its knees, presents an historic opportunity to reverse a century-long progressive assault on American ideals, exceptionalism, and liberty.

Donald Trump’s conservative-populist supporters are justifiably excited about getting started on implementing Trump’s promises to build a wall on our southern border, kill the Trans Pacific Partnership, NAFTA and other disastrous trade deals, embark on an aggressive economic revitalization program, and many of the other big-ticket items on his agenda.

But beyond any of these, Trump’s biggest and most important promise was to drain the swamp in Washington. The question is how to do it now that the GOP controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.

To drain the swamp, Donald Trump is going to have to start at the bottom, deep down in the bowels of the federal government. He must change not only a few Obama-era regulations, but the attitudes and assumptions about government that enabled Obama’s unprecedented power grabs in the first place.

More importantly, he needs to surround himself with principled conservatives who know Washington is a cesspool. All too often, once Republicans cross the Potomac, they begin to think it’s more like a hot tub.

In this three-part series, I will offer President-elect Trump and his allies in Congress an outline of what needs to be done to drain the swamp by focusing on three important areas: (1) defunding the left, (2) re-establishing constitutionally limited government, which includes ending crony socialism; and (3) ending political correctness as the basis for federal law enforcement, policy, and regulation.

The legislative agenda proposed by conservative, constitutionalist, and Tea Party Americans was never fulfilled by the McConnell/Boehner/Ryan-led GOP, even after they were given substantial electoral wins by our support.

Now, those policies must be implemented. Without gutting the institutionalized progressivism and crony-style corruption of government in Washington, the election that may have saved America could end up merely delaying its ignominious, and permanent, descent.

But now we have this window of opportunity. By the grace of God, we may be able to reverse course.

This much I can say with certainty: To ensure the swamp gets drained, conservatives must look beyond the superficial legislative agenda, and instead focus on two vital elements.

First, people committed to “draining the swamp” must be placed in key positions; and secondly, institutional changes must be made to reverse on a more permanent — or at least longer-term — basis the progressive infiltration and takeover of our government.

Patriots take heed: The historic opportunity to drain the D.C. swamp is now upon us.

Direct-marketing pioneer Richard A. Viguerie has been fighting for conservative causes on the national level for over 55 years. His Manassas, Va.-based firm, American Target Advertising, has mailed over four billion letters in support of conservatives and their most cherished causes. A frequent commentator on Newsmax TV, Mr. Viguerie’s op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, USA Today, the Scripps-Howard newspapers, and many, many others. He is also the author of six books, including Takeover: The 100-year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It. As founder and chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, he continues the fight to advance the conservative cause.

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Conservative icon Richard A. Viguerie has been fighting the federal morass for over half a century. Now in a three-part series written exclusively for Newsmax, Viguerie details how conservatives can seize this historic opportunity to restore constitutional governance to Washington, D.C.
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