Gone in 12 seconds...

Draining the swamp is turning into reputations being destroyed faster than the Georgia Dome.

Drain the swamp! Drain the swamp! That expression, perhaps other than “fake news”, is what we all heard more and more as the 2016 election turned into the Trump presidency. Trump ran on the promise and it appears that water level of the swamp is being lowered, but from an unexpected source.

While President Trump has made some strides in draining the swamp he simply cannot do it alone. He could take action in removing Obama era officials, but has been slow to do so. Some cabinet secretaries like General Mattis and Rex Tillerson have contributed as well.

However, what has been unexpected is the rash of sexual harassment and assault allegations that have been pouring in since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke a mere few weeks ago. It has bled over into the political arena with allegations against Judge Roy Moore, Senator Al Franken, and even former President George H.W. Bush (who saw that one coming?) It is getting so bad for Hollywood and the swamp that liberals are finally reluctantly distancing themselves from Bill Clinton.

What is occurring now has the potential to do more damage to the swamp, regardless of party, than any administrative action could. For many in the political spotlight the chickens are coming home to roost.

It is a reminder that what you see a politician or celebrity portray them as in front of the camera or on the campaign trail is in no way a reflection of their true character. Hypocrites are everywhere. They say one thing and do another for the ratings or votes without regard to moral character.

It is a further reminder that reputation and character are not the same. A person’s reputation is what we think they are; a person’s character is what they actually are.

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…” At the end of the day all we have left is our character. Sadly, character is treated as a cheap commodity and traded for political gain or wealth.

This morning at 7:30 the Georgia Dome in Atlanta was demolished with 4800 pounds of explosives. It took only 12 seconds to destroy what took several months and millions of dollars to build. The dome stood for 25 years. It was not the best facility in sports, but it got the job done.

The members of the swamp have spent years building and funding their reputations in order to get a seat at the table or a moment in the spotlight. But in an instant that reputation can be brought down faster than the Georgia Dome.

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