By Steven R. Maher
When Republican president-elect Donald Trump began “draining the swamp” this week, out popped a few bottom-dwelling Republican gastropods (“gastropods” are slugs which live under rocks and are indigenous to many swamp lands).
It may be highly symbolic, in that Trump will likely be confronting Republican Congressman during what promises to be a rambunctious first term. Parties which control Congress tend be involved in the worst scandals, since they have more power.
Congress, both the Senate and House of Representatives, reconvened Monday January 4, 2017, for the 115th session. A group of Republican Representatives then met secretly to disembowel the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under lawmakers’ control.
Trump, upon finding out about this, took to Twitter the next day: “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority.”
Like a pack of running dogs, these cowardly Congressional Republicans called another secret meeting to rescind their vote on the ethics office.
All it took was one Trump Tweet.
Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea if Trump kept his Tweeter account after all.
From Honest Abe to Tricky Dick
The Grand Old Party, to give the Republicans official party name, has metastasized from being the party of Abraham “Honest Abe” Lincoln to the party of Richard M. “Tricky Dick” Nixon.
Abraham Lincoln in 1864 warned: “Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
Today this would be called “income inequality”; Lincoln sounds here like Bernie Sanders.
All Americans should be glad that Trump stopped Congressional Republicans from destroying an independent Congressional watchdog. The swamp Trump wants to drain has members of both parties amidst the sludge.
If Trump truly drains the Washington swamp, he is likely to face a backlash from his fellow Republicans, now in the majority and therefore extremely vulnerable to being suborned by lobbyists offering bribes, graft and gratuities for services rendered.