I know that people are tired of what they see as stagnation in the American government; and I understand their calls to “drain the swamp,” but it’s time that they finally understood that they themselves are the swamp. Radicalism is the enemy of democracy and always has been, because radicals are always unwilling to compromise, and compromise is central to the workings of a democratic government. Totalitarians never compromise: to them, compromise is you comply with my dictates; this is why we call them dictators.
For those among us who don’t value democratic process, I have nothing to say, other than that history itself is against you, because, what you don’t realize is that democracy depends upon the rule of law, and under totalitarian government the rule of law changes at a whim, because there is no rule of law, only the will of the leader. One moment you are Hitler’s right hand man; the next moment you are being offered a choice of suicide, or assassination. If this is the kind of America you want to see, then America needs you least of all, and, at the voting booth, America needs to leave you, and your ideals, behind.
Of course, I’m not trying to reach people like that. I’m trying to reach the people who are letting their anger overwhelm their intellect, because they are the people who are the greatest threat to our American democracy. I’m trying to reach you, angry Americans, because you, with a little help from totalitarians overseas, put a man into the White House whose core beliefs are antithetical to democracy itself. You put a man into the most powerful office in the world, believing you wanted government run like a business, when, in fact, if you thought about it at all, that is really the last thing you would want your government to adopt: running solely for the profit of a few.
But, you say, isn’t that what we have now? A government that benefits only the richest few, or the very poor, at the expense of the rest of us?
Yes, you can make the argument that it is, but it’s because of your anger that this fraud has been perpetrated. I know you don’t want to accept responsibility, but it is ours. The American people love to complain, but very few actually vote, so their complaining is valueless, because they aren’t willing to put their complaints into action to make their democracy work.
The disgruntled right also buy into the con game that has been playing in America since before the Civil War: blame those just as poor as yourselves for your plight, when, in actuality, the rich are using them to divert your attention from the real thieves: themselves.
So, what did the disgruntled right do to remedy their situation? They bought the sound bite solutions of a con man and carpetbagger. A man who has refused to divest himself of his financial interests, because he and his carpetbagger family have no other intention than to line their pockets, using their newfound political power to do so.
Drain the swamp America? Drain your heads instead, because that’s where the swamp really is.