The mainstream media, Hollywood, and establishment politicians have run America for several decades. Americans from all walks of life have known of this power structure in Washington, D.C. but have been powerless to do something about it. Country Club politicians have been running government now for decades. Politicians used hardworking Americans to get elected, only to forget who put them in office (as well as the myriad of promises they made to woo voters).
Then, in 2015 billionaire tycoon Donald Trump entered the GOP primary race. The political elites from both parties mocked him for the entire year or so leading up to his nomination. Moving forward into the general election, some news outlets had Trump’s chances of winning the election in the 20 percent range. Mr. Trump campaigned on “draining the swamp” in Washington and restoring power to “We the People.” Obviously, this message resonated with voters. A man who once funded the powerful elites now ran a campaign against them and won.
Fast forward. A month into the Trump presidency and Washington’s powerful elites are battling for their political lives. The lobbyists and special interest groups along with politicians from both parties are working behind the scenes to regain the power that President Trump has taken. For decades these folks have relied on a friendly administration to cater to their needs. The Trump administration isn’t interested in the least bit in catering to lobbyist and special interest groups. President Trump said in his inauguration speech that he is “transferring power back to the people.” So far he has proven to be a man of his word and the elites can’t stand it.
Here is how the circle of corruption works in D.C. Voters elect politicians whom they believe will represent their interests in Washington. Lobbyists and special interest groups then buy off politicians from both parties in the form of campaign donations in order to get policies which cater to their needs. Politicians are then hostage to big business and unable to effectively govern according to their constituents desires. In an effort to as least look like they are trying they vote on legislation that makes their constituents happy knowing that it won’t become law.
A prime example concerns past efforts to repeal Obamacare. Several times over the past six years Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare, knowing that President Obama would never sign it. However, after the people put a Republican in the White House to go along with a Republican controlled Congress guess how many times they’ve voted to actually repeal Obamacare? Once, and this was a procedural vote which is currently hung up. Clearly, this shows that Republicans weren’t sincere on the previous votes. When election season rolls around politicians tout their symbolic voting record and at times voters fall for it. This is the cycle of corruption in our nation’s capital.
On a positive note, President Trump is serious about his campaign promises and wholly intends to do whatever he can to get things done. The president isn’t afraid to call out his own party for their lack of action. This is the kind of representative America has wanted for decades.
It’s time to hold our representatives accountable. President Trump has shown that he is serious about keeping his promises. It’s Congress that we’re going to have to keep the pressure on.
George Washington once said about war, “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.” The same principle applies here. The powerful elites have decades worth of a strong hold in our nation’s capital. It might take decades to take it back but we must not become weary in this effort.