Since I generally try to flip things over to see the other side, I was reflecting on our President’s goal of “draining the swamp.” His campaign for the Presidency was based on “change,” and as an outsider. As a person from the business world, his battle cry was that he would expose the underbelly of the Washington establishment.
Oddly enough, his lack of guile and his vulgarity have brought to public view the narcissistic tendencies of those who seek power. Back in the day, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, etc, etc., were known to, shall we say, indulge in pleasures of the flesh outside of their wedding vows. I’m sure some of the presidents in antiquity did the same.
Aside from extra-marital dalliances, presidents used vulgar language in the privacy of their meetings, and records of their phone conversations have disclosed a variety of “swampish” intrigues. The fact that Mr. Trump, Tweeter for the Ages, is overt can in fact drain the swamp. What was happening under wraps is now out for us all to see. If we don’t like what we see, it is for us to self-examine and realize that our leaders are projections of our culture. With eroding morals and a free-for-all attitude, why would we be surprised by the antics we’ve observed in his administration?
The standards to which we hold ourselves will be visible on a grander scale in those who we elect. Maybe it’s not Mr. Trump who needs the only attitude correction.