'Drain the swamp” suggests that all political corruption is the same. It isn’t, and the distinctions matter. 'When corruption is perceived as universal, those in power can use investigations and allegations of corruption as a weapon. Trump has followed the playbook invoking his catchphrase again in recently calling for an investigation of Obama. American politics is in urgent need of repair, but the idea of the swamp feeds a cynicism that’s not only inaccurate but also makes it harder to distinguish between decent people who are trying to do the best they can in a difficult system and real malfeasance — and even allows the latter to flourish unchecked. In the GOP's version the undifferentiated “swamp” matters more than the gradations along the wide scale from the new member of Congress desperate for campaign funds to the raw plunder of Mr. Trump, his family and allies.'
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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)