Wolf Management 101 – Guest post by Mustang
Washington is a pack of wolves. There are several species of wolf, of course … but for simplicity sake, let’s just pretend there are only a few. Nevertheless, despite different species, all wolves behave in the same way. They are hunters looking to bring down and consume the weakest of their prey.
How we perceive these wolves is interesting. For example, if one happens to be a western rancher who suffers the loss of one of his cattle, it makes perfect sense that this westerner would form a low opinion of wolves —but no matter what the rancher thinks, the truth is that the wolf is pure of heart. He is only doing what wolves do. A wolf pack may have killed and eaten a cow, but it did not break into the rancher’s house and steal his stereo or his wife’s jewelry.
We may apply the same analogy to describe Washington’s beltway shenanigans, where there are several species of wolves (Democrats, Republicans, Independents, journalists, lobbyists, bureaucrats). They too are pure of blackest heart —seeking out the weakest of their prey. I can even hear howling in the background.
This leads me to wonder, if Donald Trump has a mission to drain the swamp, and if he understands that the swamp is populated with wolves, why isn’t he arming himself?
- Even supposing that Jeff Sessions resigns as Attorney General, does Mr. Trump imagine there will be no consequences from Sessions’ friends, allies, or even those of another political species who hates Sessions guts but sees an advantage in attacking Trump? Is Mr. Trump so starved for attention?
- Even supposing it is true that CNN and MSNBC behave themselves as something less than journalists, does Trump enhance his position, or detract from it, by hounding these people as news fakers? (For the record, I can’t think of anything lower on the food chain than a journalist). Why not starve the news fakers to death rather than giving them something to feast on every single day?
- One must also wonder how to deal with wolves most effectively. Is it by behaving as they do, running around baying at the moon, or by using high caliber weapons to dispatch them into wolf Valhalla?
There is something of Mr. Trump that we just don’t need: a daily dose of school-yard immaturity. But there is also much about Trump that this country desperately needs —and why he was elected to the nation’s highest office. We need him to address the wolves because they have become far too over-populated, because that is what Mr. Trump promised to do, and why the people elected him. If he has a problem with Jeff Sessions, address it privately, as a gentleman, and then get on with the business of state-craft.
I understand that we can’t allow Mr. Trump to actually shoot these wolves, but he can damn-well starve them to death. I hope he’s reading Bunkerville and thus gaining such phenomenal free advice.