Editorial by Bobby Tingle
Is Washington D.C. really built on a swamp?
President Donald Trump, while campaigning, promised if elected, he would ‘drain the swamp’.
Hmm, what does he mean?
One of the beloved readers of The Orange Leader dropped by the office this week. She had the swamp question on her mind. She did not make clear whether she supported Trump’s desire to drain the swamp in Washington D.C. She did make clear she believes the hallowed ground upon which our nation’s capital is built was once a swamp. She insisted it is in history books.
Is the swamp real or myth?
According to Carl Abbot in his article, ‘The myth that Washington was built on a swamp will never go away’ published by Smithsonian.com on March 9, 2017, Trump is not alone. He reported Ron Paul and Nancy Pelosi also promised to ‘drain the swamp’ and labeled them ‘hydraulic engineers’.
His article is interesting. He claims Paul, Pelosi and Trump have all sought to drain the swamp ‘of Washington politics’. But his focus in the article is the topography upon which Washington D.C. was built. At one point he admonishes politicians who use this metaphor of D.C. somehow being a swamp. After all the area is filled with wonderful buildings and homes.
Hmm, did Abbot miss something? He seems to imply Paul, Pelosi and Trump intend to drain D.C. of the buildings and homes contained within.