We seldom go for a day without hearing the phrase: “Drain the Swamp”. We seem to expect that the people who populate the Swamp are somehow going to decide that there really is a problem and that ‘draining the swamp’ is an absolute necessity.
Okay. Who is going to make that happen? A brief piece put out by the John Birch Society (JBS) yesterday sums this effort up quite succinctly with a quote from our former President Garfield:
Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.
You and I are the people who are going to make draining the swamp happen if that task is to be undertaken and completed. We are the employers of those we send to Washington, D.C. If we do not believe those people are doing the job we sent them there to do, we have the right and the opportunity to replace them. Garfield was our President from March 1881 until later in that year when he was assassinated. Maybe he was assassinated because of his views about Congress, even the Congress our country had in 1881.
There is a phrase that says “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That apparently was as true in 1881 as it is today. If we expect that our elected members of Congress will do as the majority of us want, we have the responsibility to impress upon them the absolute necessity of doing that job and of doing it before almost anything else is done.
The John Birch Society is pledging that it will take a leadership role and is inviting citizens to sign on for the battle. I know that members of the JBS have historically been portrayed as the “wingnuts” of conservatism by those who oppose the JBS perspective on issues. It strikes me that this organization has the right take on draining the swamp and it also seems to have the right mentality to make it very, very uncomfortable for those members of Congress who fail to hear us, the citizens who send them to Congress year after year.
A majority of us, if I do not miss my guess, is demanding the swamp be drained. We do not necessarily have to become members of this or that organization although an organization which has dedicated its very existence to this battle probably is going to be more diligent than each of us as individuals. We get accustomed to the burr under our saddle after a day or two and things go on as usual. An organization dedicated to the goal has more compulsion to stay with the battle.
One way or the other, this battle is ours and it will only be won if we fight it vigorously. Multiple contacts from residents of every Congressional District in the United States is part of what these kinds of efforts require in order to keep our member of Congress focused on our demands.
Many of them seem to have recognized a certain unrest in the voting population so this kind of mission might resonate now where it fell on deaf ears a couple of years or more ago. Make contact with your member of Congress and be blunt about your demands.
This need has been recognized since 1881and likely before since Garfield ran on this theme! Isn’t it finally about time for us to draw that line in the sand and make sure that the population of the federal swamp, all of Congress and the President get the point. This is an ideal time for such a movement to be rekindled given President Trump in the Oval Office.
This is only about 137 years overdue.