Draining The Swamp

Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “Drain the swamp” has successfully placed him in the Oval Office.  But what exactly is the swamp, and how does one go about draining it?

The commonly accepted definition of the “swamp”, and the one Trump alludes to, is the career, political elite of Washington, D.C., who are in essence tenured legislators.  This career, political class is seen as an entrenched, corrupt, blackguard of the status quo, a semi-permanent legislative body that stands between the people, their rights, and a just government.  I contend that these entrenched politicians are not in fact, THE swamp”; rather they merely reflect the dominant ideas of our culture.  I would argue that these career politicians are merely a surface layer, and the real depth of the swamp lies somewhere else.

The Democrats and Republicans are virtually united in their moral base, that is, the pinnacle of virtue for both parties is altruism, the morality which preaches the sacrifice of the individual self for “others”.  They sometimes differ on which individuals should be sacrificed, and quibble over the level of sacrifice, but they both fundamentally believe in the moral duty of being “thy brother’s keeper”.

The recent example of Trump and the Republican’s failure to repeal Obamacare was a prime example of the shared moral views of both parties.  Rather than merely repeal the ACA, leaving individuals, doctors, and insurance companies far more free, the Republicans, terrified of being labeled as “cold hearted monsters” and believing along with the Democrats, that it is proper and legitimate for the government to regulate and provide subsidized health insurance to some degree to some persons at least, tried to substitute a slightly decaffeinated, but similarly odorous version of the ACA, to have it (luckily) shot down by a few principled legislators on the right.  Trump and the majority of Republicans created and endorsed “Ryancare” rather than an outright repeal of the ACA because they feared the backlash from the public and their own constituents for “taking away” insurance from some, and also because they too firmly believe that government does have a role to play in providing health insurance.

But can the general public honestly criticize Trump and his associates for not repealing it?  Is the general public opposed to government involvement in health care overall?  Or education?  Or Housing?  Or Energy?  Or farming?  Or food and drug regulation?  Or radio,TV, and the internet?  Or setting interest rates?  Or policing the “environment”?  Or delivering letters?

Most Americans agree with many, if not all of these areas, as legitimate for the government to regulate, finance, and control.  Since we have devolved away from a republic centered around a limited Constitutional government and into a more fundamentally democratic nation where the majority is the source of, and enforcer of rights, the government, and it’s politicians, have merely kept in step with the current beliefs of the majority.  Until Americans completely reject the government involvement in ALL these areas, and support a principled separation of economics and state, “the swamp”, along with cronyism, corruption, manipulation, and a never ending war of pressure groups are here to stay.

The immoral, anti-American idea that one individual’s needs or wants are a claim on the rights of another is regressive and unarguably destructive of the individual’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and this notion, is the root of the swamp.  We can sweep every single politician out of Washington D.C tomorrow, and replace them with fresh suits, but if the new faces believe in the same ideas, and even serve only single terms, will it matter?  If the public believes Americans have a “right” to be provided with something, and elects politicians who share that belief, how will term limits make any difference?

What is needed to drain “the swamp” is a Re-revolution a resurgence of the spirit of the founding fathers but far more clearly defined and articulated.  We as a people need to comprehensively rediscover the unique American notion that the individual is sovereign and the source of rights, not the fodder for any other individual or group or bureaucrat, and that to make even one exception in any area is to undermine the principle of individual rights and inherently un-American.

A change of D.C. suits with term limits won’t drain “the swamp”, only a fundamental change of ideas will.

Gary Menard
Distinguished Fellow
Worcester Tea Party

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

 
Now the election is passed and we have learned of a new scandal emanating from MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber.  By now you’ve seen one of the many videos of Professor Gruber saying how the American voters are stupid, how voters do not understand basic economics, and how this provided great advantage to them as they came up with deceptions worked into the Obamacare.

This story becomes even more convoluted as reporters quoting Professor Gruber are quoted in other reporters stories, which were in turn quoted by the White House to justify the complexities of Obamacare.  It is so tangled a knot of lies that any attempt to understand it makes one’s head spin.  This deliberate fog of deception propelled then House Speaker Nancy Pelois to infamously say: “We have to pass the bill to see what’s in it.”

We in the Tea Party Movement have always trusted in the morality and the wisdom of our fellow Americans.  We have faith in our republic.  But we know that there are limitations to the democratic process.  Voters can only judge when they have all the facts plainly before them.  The role of the Media is to inform the American voters so they can make wise choices.  As of late we have found the media to be unreliable in this sacred duty.  When politicians and technocrats lie to the American people about the issues and no one in the media will speak the truth, is it no wonder that voters cannot make wise choices.

The Tea Party Movement is a movement based on the values of education and truth.  Our movement believes these virtues will establish lasting political change.  Policies of lies and deceit have no true advantage; policies of lies and deceit are doomed to fail because the truth cannot be hidden.

George Washington was famous for never having told a lie.  He also told us that “99% of failures come from men that make many excuses.”  Our nation needs to return to the virtues of men like George Washington.

This newsletter will be heavy with links to many of the reports about what has gone on with the Obamacare and what is going on with Professor Gruber from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

We need to be careful whom we place trust in.  We are all concerned about polyester suited used-car salesmen selling a lemon when should be much more concerned about well polished political consultants shackling us with failed policies that fill the pockets of their donors and ensure the reelection of lying politicians.

The Worcester Tea Party is proud of the part we played in sharing these facts with the public.  We will tirelessly continue to do this work; it is the core reason for the Worcester Tea Party.  But it is also true that these things have a cost so we encourage you that if you find this to be of value to please make a monetary donation to the Worcester Tea Party.  With your very generous support I am confident we will continue to be able to make a difference in our Commonwealth and in our nation.

That difference is more critical now than ever before as we see our worst fears about these policies coming to fruition and the burdens of these policies being forced on our children for generations to come.

In Liberty,
Matt O’Brien
Chief Evangelist