I snagged that title in part from an article that didn’t impress me at all called, “sometimes you drain the swamp and sometimes it drains you.”
Nope! You never let the swamp drain you. In fact, it is your sacred duty not to. I’ve been living in the swamp for darn near my entire life. You can just call me Shrek or perhaps, Fiona. Regardless, the swamp is my natural habitat and I know it well, not by choice, but it is what it is. So all this talk about how the “swamp won” is just bogus. The swamp has been a way of life for as long as I can remember. It probably began with an unfortunate apple in a garden long ago. Stop acting as if the world was sin free a few weeks ago and the bad guys just rose to power! Jesus Christ was crucified some 2000 years ago by His own government.
Special swampy shout out to my county commissioners currently discussing the value of psilocybin mushrooms in helping to keep your constituents docile and complacent. No, that is not a joke, darkly humorous perhaps, but it’s real enough. That is exactly what they are currently doing. Apparently the meth, heroin, and cannabis are not enough, let’s bring on the mushrooms. Now me, if I were an alien lizard overlord, I’d have some qualms about the kind of world I was creating that required it’s inhabitants to all be higher than crap just to function in it, but that’s just me. Fortunately none of my fearless leaders are burdened by such concerns. Needless to say, I’m just some sort of radical-extremist-hater all denying the potential medicinal value of psilocybin. Welcome to the swamp.
You don’t never drain the swamp or as my grandpa used to say, you just can’t fight city hall. You can however, get in a few good kicks. Never underestimate the power of a well aimed kick. Also, you can learn how to stop the swamp from draining you. I kid you not, this is a valuable life skill. I think you really have to lean into the Lord, and you have to learn how to laugh a lot. The swamp might be all around you, but you sure don’t have to let it in you. I still struggle with this a lot. It’s a constant balancing act. Many days have ended with me just sitting in my car in tears because the world is so broken and people are so stupid.
Never let the swamp drain you.
That is just as true in politics as it is in our individual lives. Be careful where you focus your attention and what you invest your energy in. Ignore them. Always easier said than done, but to some extent pay them no heed. Beyond using them for some comedic fodder, invest no emotional energy in them. Also, if you really want to rebel, stay away from the substances that cloud your vision and turn you into an endless government revenue stream. Crooks, criminals, and addicts are a commodity. Victimhood is extremely profitable…….just not for you.
Also, put your feet up and make yourself at home.