If there’s one person in government who knows a thing or two about what is needed to ‘drain the swamp,’ it’s former Congressman Ron Paul. He’s been the voice crying out in the wilderness for decades, saying the same things over and over again, only to be proven correct every time. When he first started out in the ’70’s, and until he ran for president in 2007, he was little known, mostly because he didn’t have any Washington connections. He didn’t have any lobbyist buddies whom he worked for. In fact, lobbyists completely gave up on Paul when it was apparent that he wasn’t going to be bought.
Ron Paul was an anomaly in Congress, because he wasn’t there to play the game. That’s why no one really knew anything about him. He actually took his job as representative very seriously. He was always careful to examine each piece of legislation to see how it measured up with the Constitution. And he’s remained consistent and steadfast for the past four decades. That kind of statesmanship is virtually nonexistent in today’s pay-to-play politics.
So, it’s no surprise to hear him voice his skepticism over Trump’s desire to ‘drain the swamp.’ Paul said that while he and many people sincerely want Trump to be successful in that endeavor, it unfortunately doesn’t seem likely, even if Trump himself is sincere. From Real Clear Politics:
“I got involved in politics in the 1970s, and my goal was to ‘drain the swamp,'” Paul said. “And every year since then, Republicans or Democrats in charge, the government always got bigger!”
“I think he has a great idea, and there is a lot of enthusiasm. But there are a lot of names being thrown around that aren’t exactly the kinds of individuals that will change things,” he added.
“There is also the Deep State, the invisible government, the shadow government, the military-industrial complex, the financial industry, the Federal Reserve. It is so big and powerful!”
He added: “He might be very sincere, and he might try to get good people, but the job may be overhwelming. But what I have suggested is so far, I haven’t seen the kind of individual that will really do the job. That’s where the real challenge is.”
This is one area where I really hope Ron Paul is wrong. And I know he hopes he’s wrong as well.
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