How Good People Get Sucked into The Trump Swamp
When I was in 9th grade I made a new friend. He sat next to me in a very poorly taught science class, and he was a “bad boy.” He hung out with the “wrong” people and was on the way to doing all sorts of things I would never dream of.
Nevertheless, we bonded for a time, probably over my sense of humor, and I think he realized he had made a friend who was one of the “good” clique. I had lots of friends, and they were all good students, athletes, active in Scouts, band, etc.
Over time my wise mother noticed that I was spending time with Rick, and she expressed her concern. I explained that my intent was to draw him into my circle of friends and away from the perils of the road he was on.
My mother complimented me on my efforts, but used an analogy that stuck.
“When you place a good apple next to a rotten one, the rotten apple does not turn into a good one. In fact…”
I think that is what is happening now at the highest levels of government. Not all of these people are lying crooks, although many of them certainly are.
Some of them are well-meaning conservative politicians and successful business people with a long record of success in their professional endeavors. I think they get sucked in by the lure of a powerful position in the government, and are positive, based on their long experience, that they can use reason and personal examples to set the President on a better path.
In time they all learn the truth of my mother’s analogy, and then they either leave with sorrow and anger or become another rotten apple.
Copyright 2018 David Preston