Monday, November 28, 2016

Trump Change: Draining The DC Swamp, Or Reigning Over Its Corruption?

I’m not a fan of media organs of the leftist establishment like The New York Times or The Atlantic magazine. But I believe in thinking through views I am inclined to oppose until I’m reasonably confident that I can make the case in their favor as well or better than their most accomplished advocates. This means I spend a fair amount of time keeping my opinionated viscera in check, to prevent passion from befogging the path of thought as I focus on that endeavor.
I say this by way of explaining why a throwaway line I read in an article published at the in 2014 came to mind as I was reading about the re-nomination of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan (reportedly with Donald Trump’s support) for the top leadership positions in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, respectively. Describing the experience of a newly elected member of Congress the article asserts that:
Some time in December, you need to come to D.C. for “freshman orientation.” You’ll meet other members of Congress, learn a little about how Congress works, and discover your fate in the office lottery. After that, you’ll go through the formality of party-leadership elections—not much to see here as a newbie. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll just vote for whoever is going to win anyway.
An almost hysterical euphoria often characterizes the reaction of whichever side prevails in the Presidential popularity contest falsely touted as the election for President of the United States. This is especially true when the perceived victory comes as the reward of stubborn faith, sustained in the teeth of contrary predictions from pollsters and punsters who didn’t see it coming. The victorious side bathes itself in bubbly commentary, overflowing with celebratory predictions of the great change that is in the works.
Read the rest from Alan Keyes HERE.

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