Draining the swamp and cleaning house

President Trump has vowed to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. That will be a big job because for 150 years politicians have created such a massive federal wetland in the Potomac basin that a huge amount of drainage will be necessary. The new president will need a lot of help. The Trump administration will also have to “clean house”—sweep buildings around the swamp cluttered with corruption and dirty with deception.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, has written a book, “Clean House: Exposing Our Government’s Secrets and Lies” that could help the Trump people carry out the campaign promises the president made.

On Election Day last Mr. Fitton sent out a letter with a “2017 Presidential Petition of Support”—expecting President Trump to live up to his campaign promises and asking voters to sign it.

Judicial Watch (www.judicialwatch.org) is a nonpartisan legal organization operating from within “the swamp.” They fight official corruption and work to “ensure transparency and a government that is (should be) accountable to the citizens of the United States.” Their aim is to stop government corruption by exposing it.

Judicial Watch sent more than three thousand requests to the Obama administration under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Many were unanswered. The JD organization filed more than 300 lawsuits to get the administration to comply with its requests for information and documents. Federal agencies put up “hurdles and stonewalled even the most basic FOIA requests.” In addition the Obama administration mislead JD and federal judges by claiming that records did not exist that actually did exist, or by not conducting legally required searches.

Candidate Trump promised he would never lie to the American people. I think he is an honest man and he has selected trustworthy men and women for his cabinet. Still, we will have to be patient for him to carry out all his campaign promises. Swamps are not easy to drain—and houses take time to clean.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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