Tag: The Swamp

Will We Ever Be Able to Drain the Swamp?


In reading over the comments on my latest post, I was overwhelmed by the endless ways that the Left has been able to target, mislead, hamstring, and nearly destroy the Conservatives. There seems to be no end to the many ways they commit subterfuge and often even practice their despicable acts in plain sight. We can call them out when we happen to catch them in the act, but there are rarely, if ever, consequences.

When we review Trump’s efforts—a man who we hoped would be able to drain the swamp—the Left was prepared to take steps to stop him at every action. With the media’s collusion with the Left, and people like Adam Schiff on one side and Liz Cheney on the other, are we more likely to drown in the swamp than drain it?

I read a comment that Trump should be elected in 2024 to finish the work he began against the swamp in his first term. He initiated many productive and innovative policies, and I’m not very interested in debating that point. But when it comes to draining the swamp, how successful was he? How would we even define “draining the swamp”? Were part of the difficulties he encountered due to his lack of understanding about how pervasive and deep the swamp actually was? Do you think he’s learned from the first time around, and that he would tackle the swamp in a different way?

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Paul Sperry is a top investigative journalist for Real Clear Investigations, part of the Real Clear Politics series of excellent, non-partisan websites. I check them daily. He’s the author of two books and contributes to thefederalist.com, a terrific libertarian-leaning website. He plays no favorites. Sperry’s latest post illustrates how the Washington Post is deeply and unethically intertwined with […]

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‘Let Them Eat Ice Cream’


Nancy Pelosi, second-time Speaker of the House, third in line to the presidency, gave two truly clueless interviews. Was it the Botox or the brain freeze from her favorite ice cream? Pelosi stood in front of a refrigerator that could easily be looked up. The price tag: $24,000. She opened the freezer section and gushed over pints of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, $12 a pint at their online store.*

On the same day, Nancy Pelosi boasted to MSNBC about blocking the refill of the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses and their employees. She spoke to MSNBC while standing in front of that luxury refrigerator, stuffed full of very expensive ice cream.

Creative Destruction, the American Way


The Republicans have been “over the target” for three years, led by President Donald Trump, and that’s a great outcome. Their efforts have been hit and miss (such as not getting a healthcare bill and immigration bills passed). But it’s been clear for a while that the Democrats’ hysterical and irrational behavior is an indicator that the swamp is being drained, bit by bit.

For many of us, watching this slow, chaotic process unfold is unnerving. So much can happen while policies, traditions, and plans are being disassembled. Yet this slow-motion unfolding, when studied carefully, is encouraging for the future.

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Draining the Swamp: An Impossible Task?


The administrative state, also known as the Deep State and The Swamp, has been with us for a long time. Recently, however, I heard Professor John Marini talk about his work in “unmasking” the administrative state and I realized the future of the Republic is precarious, if not endangered. I learned about his work when he appeared on Mark Levin’s Sunday night Fox News show, Life, Liberty & Levin.

Professor Marini is one of the few writers who talk about the attack on our constitutional system by the workings of the administrative state:

How to Automate a Job Out of Existence


This is an elaboration of a comment I made in @indymb ‘s post “Is there any point in writing to a Congressperson?” and I’m indebted to him and @Misthiocracy (who has experience working for a Canadian Member of Parliament, I understand) for the details on how all this works. Briefly, we’ll look at a simple task done every day in the houses of government and at how we’d train a computer to do it better.

Briefly, as you may have expected, the letter to your Senator isn’t so much read as processed for the minimum amount of information and interaction required. I’ll quote the meat of his description of the process and then describe how I’d go about automating it. You’re encouraged to go back and read his post (and it should go without saying on Ricochet but the comments too).

Trump: Disrupter-In-Chief


Well, just what exactly did you expect?

Trump the Candidate was a loud, braggadocious, outrageous, counterpunching, reality show celebrity/businessman who never let an attack go unanswered. To refresh your recollection, you should go  do a search for “2016 Republican debate highlights.”

Strzokism and the Degradation of Democracy


As the passage of time gnaws away at memories of Peter Strzok’s testimony before Congress and America’s outrage industry ratchets its screech-o-meter up a notch or two, perhaps a few observations about the FBI’s noteworthy apparatchik are in order.

Certainly, there is no shortage of opinions about what took place, especially in the form of numbered “takeaways” from the hearing. Thus, Molly Hemingway observed how the Department of Justice succeeded in obstructing congressional oversight, why Strzok came off “even worse than he did in his texts,” and how the Democrats sided with him, in an embarrassingly raucous manner.  Indeed, one mentally challenged mouthpiece from the Democrats’ kindergarten kaucus volunteered to award Strzok a purple heart, authority permitting, of course.

Fred Lucas implied that the inestimable Strzok could have given Vladimir Putin lessons in casuistry about what “he really meant” when, for instance, he said, “No. No, he’s not. We’ll stop it.” (Trump becoming president, that is.) This apparently is the highest form of patriotism: “…the honest truth is that Russian interference in our elections constitutes a grave attack on our democracy,” he opined. Further, Strzok “truly believe[s] that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemy’s campaign to tear America apart.”  Nothing like wrapping the flag around your arrogance, especially when threatened with a Contempt of Congress charge, which Strzok likely would regard as a badge of honor.