LETTER: 'Disgusting, wrenching' presidency might actually drain the swamp

Harry L. McNeal Jr.
Springfield Township
In this Oct. 17, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Castor oil tastes terrible and has an unpalatable viscosity. It is hard to get down. It is loathsome. But, in a wrenching process, it cleanses our system.

In a strange way, Trump’s candidacy and presidency might serve a somewhat similar function. Many millions of us ordinary folks have been growing increasingly disgusted with professional politicians feathering their nests and greasing the governmental skids for the interests of their wealthy contributors, while failing to tell us the whole truth about the state of things.

Trump recognized this and campaigned on his promise to "drain the swamp".

In his victory, Trump demolished the more popular Hillary Clinton and the then power center of the Democrat party. This made way for a new generation and greatly increased the number of female officeholders.

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He didn’t stop there. His support from the Republican base allowed him to wrest control of the party from the existing hierarchy. In turn, fear of incurring the wrath of the base has prompted these bosses and many officeholders to stick with the president, even in face of his outrageous conduct. If he goes down, there might not be a way for "the rats to get off the sinking ship." They might go down with him.

Here again, there would be an opportunity for fresh faces. Perhaps necessity would then push the GOP to recognize the needs of common people. But the influence of the richest of the rich and the big corporations might not allow the same grassroots possibilities as the Democrats.

In any event, the current swamp denizens would then be gone.

If this fanciful (but not impossible) scenario should play out, Trump’s distasteful, disgusting, wrenching presidency will have achieved a worthwhile outcome, to partially offset the havoc he has wrought.