Washington, D.C. was built on a swamp that had to be drained before construction could begin. But things were different then: America was a new nation, with a small government, limited spending, and little influence on the rest of the world. America also had George Washington instead of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
From those beginnings, America has become the beacon for people across the globe, who see opportunity and freedom here that they cannot find at home. America has always stood as a symbol of greatness and yes, exceptionalism.
As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp”—meaning to reduce the size of government that is slowly sinking Washington into a quagmire of inaction, over-regulation, and excessive spending, which slow our economy’s growth and sap our power and influence internationally.
As a former trader on the New York Mercantile Exchange, I benefitted from our nation’s optimism, personal freedoms, and opportunities to build capital.
When Donald Trump was elected, I hoped he could restore what was lost under the Obama administration’s blizzard of new regulations that hinder job growth, restrict capital investment, and suppress entrepreneurs and small businesses.
I also hoped he would restore decency to the Oval Office and remove the stench of corruption from those who have…