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The Swamp Drains, and the Serpents Surface

If you want to read what official Washington thinks, you need only pick up a copy of the Washington Post. It’s the company newsletter for the federal government. And the Post is filled with doomsday articles about President Donald Trump’s administration.

The latest screed discusses how several of his Cabinet secretaries are—shock!—at odds with their permanent staffs. The Trump appointees are running departments which they have—horrors!—“sometimes disparaged.” These officials are even—the mind boggles!—“crafting key initiatives in private.”

Only in Washington could such behavior be considered an affront to public decency. One can sense the disturbance in The Force, to use Star Wars speak.

Rather than relying on the people who have mismanaged the government for years, and got us into our current mess, the president’s appointees are looking beyond Washington. Explained the shocked Post: “For the most part they have erected small, secluded citadels within each department, where they can advance policies that reflect the priorities of the president.”

What chutzpah! Those working for the president are trying to implement his priorities, which the American people endorsed by voting for him.

What is most disconcerting is not that the Post is appalled that Cabinet secretaries would be loyal to the man who appointed them. It is that the paper seems surprised that such behavior is possible. After all, Washington, D.C. is well known for the phenomenon of “growing” in office. Which always means surrendering to the reigning zeitgeist and applause of capital elites.

It’s been the routine in Washington. People across America send principled conservatives to drain the swamp. They show up and are vilified—especially by the Post—for their provincial ways and backward views. So more responsible, seasoned politicians generously take the newcomers under their wing and educate the country bumpkins in the ways of Washington.

It doesn’t take long for these new conservatives to “go native” and start voting for more spending, implementing new regulations, expanding federal power, and advocating compromise, all in the name of good governance, of course. They assure their supporters that they still believe in limited government and individual liberty. But, they add, it’s important not to be extreme and unreasonable. Just imagine what life in the capital would be like if someone actually resisted “progress,” the inevitable advance of what all good and decent people realize is the inevitable march of history!

But it seems like members of the Trump Cabinet are doing just that. The Post singles out Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for special attention. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson also come in for their share of criticism.

These Trump officials actually had the nerve to reassign Senior Executive Service employees. They changed transgender policies. They refused to bar funding for private schools that discriminate against LGBT students. They disagreed with climate change policy. They even supported cutting spending, and returning power to the states.

Secretary Zinke boldly observed: “When you start to drain the swamp, you know what happens?” His answer: “You start to expose serpents.”

Professional employees “remain skeptical” of their new bosses, the Post tells us. So bad has it become that some bureaucrats threatened to resign. (Not actually resigned. But threatened to resign.) This is heart-stopping stuff in the nation’s capital.

No doubt it comes as a shock to those who view themselves as the natural government to find out that the new president is operating as though the American people chose him to govern. Even worse, his appointees believe they should follow his, not the Post’s, lead.

The paper’s criticisms show that the president and his team have made a strong start. Secretary DeVos had to take on an educational system which believes its primary responsibility is to teachers’ unions, not students and families. The EPA’s staff believes its calling is to impose the climate alarmists’ agenda on working Americans.

Bureaucrats at the Department of Interior believe national parks and lands belong to environmental groups, not the American people. And the careerists at HUD believe the more people in subsidized housing the better. The president’s men and women have a lot of work to do.

But despite their good start, they can’t let down their guard. The president has given no sign of giving in. His appointees must demonstrate equal commitment.

For years the “usual suspects” in Washington have been taking America down the road to ruin. Which is why the American people voted for Donald Trump. And why they support him as he takes on the totalitarian left, federal bureaucracy, and mainstream media.

Restoring America won’t be easy. But the U.S. is back on the right road. The swamp is being drained and the serpents are being shipped out. America will be great again.

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Ken Blackwell is former Domestic Policy Advisor to the Trump Transition Team and an advisor to Securing America’s Future Energy. He is a Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, D.C.

The views expressed in opinion articles are solely those of the author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by Black Community News.

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5 comments

  1. Analogy: During war, when a bomber is over enemy territory, the crew knows they are on target when the anti-aircraft fire against them is intense. The fire against President Trump administration officials is intense–because they are on target against the swamp. Please stay strong Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, and all the others.

    • Amen brother! Can’t see the sky looking through all the (y)ak (y)ak. Sadly, Trump cannot FIRE those Democrat Lite ‘Republicans,’ those states need to round up folk to “PRIMARY” these clowns in 2018!

  2. Mr Blackwell,
    This article is truly the Best description of how the Deep State, AK-47 the Swamp, is going around the Constitution to insure that their status, jobs, ideology and huge liberal government are furthered by taxes, fees and regulations!

  3. Dr. Jack A. Milavic

    Government fraud, waste, abuse and corruption has been practiced for many years and although President Trump would like to eliminate or reduce it will be a formable job. No agency is without guilt. At the beginning of my federal career, I was advised: “to be successful you must be inefficient in order to increase budget and staff”.

    Compromise of safety including aviation safety and national security is of very little concern to relative agencies.

  4. “For years the “usual suspects” in Washington have been taking America down the road to ruin.” Absotootly! What the “Grand Ole Putzes” (a.k.a. GOP) fail to understand is, ‘we the serfs’ did NOT vote for the Republican Party, we voted for Trump, and importably, for Trump to “DRAIN THE SWAMP!” That draining includes more than several “Republicans” that are nothing more than ‘Democrat Lite,’ and that the esteemed Republican Party has been nothing more than Democrat Lite over the past fifty-odd years!