The original use of the phrase drain the swamp referred to draining swamps to get rid of malaria causing mosquitos. The phrase “Drain the swamp” has been used in American politics since Ronald Reagan. He used the phrase to describe what he called a swamp full of Washington bureaucrats that needed to be drained.
The phrase “Draining the swamp” was used many times throughout the 2016 campaign. But to me draining the swamp should mean that Trump and his followers, the ones who are dedicated to deconstructing and destabilizing the US government and the world, are the ones who need to be removed from Washington politics.
A large percentage of Trump appointees are ultra-wealthy businessmen. How can the President, or Mnuchin (Treasury), DeVos (Education), or Scott Pruit (EPA) and several others, honestly run their departments when they could personally benefit by legislation that favors their businesses. The president has businesses all over the world. How can he rule honestly on legislation that might benefit his empire but not necessarily the country? The conflict of interest for Trump and his cabinet will be enormous.
President McKinley said, “If there be one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man — it is a man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil.” We cannot stop now. The AHCA bill is dead in large part because of people all over the country petitioned, attended rallies wrote letters and phoned their representatives. We must take on Trump’s next target which likely to be more tax credits for multi-billionaires and companies instead of helping the poor and the middle class where the need is great.