Donald Trump started his campaign with a message for everyone in the country to hear: Washington is hopelessly corrupt and only an outsider can fix what’s wrong with the system. That message has been blunted over the last fifteen months or so, but it remains the core of his campaign. On Monday night in Green Bay, Trump returned to one of his most important mission statements with a proposal that should send shivers down the spine of any establishment crony.
“If we let the Clinton Cartel run this government, history will record that 2017 was the year America lost its independence. We will not let that happen,” Trump said. “It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. That is why I am proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.”
Trump gave the crowd of thousands a five-point plan to reform Washington corruption and put power back in the hands of the voters.
“I am going to re-institute a five-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for five years after they leave government service,” Trump said. “I am going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order.”
“I am going to ask Congress to institute its own five-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs,” he said. “I am going to expand the definition of lobbyist so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know they are lobbyists.”
Finally, Trump said he would introduce two reforms that would limit foreign influence over Washington.
“I am going to issue a lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government,” he said. “I am going to ask Congress to pass a campaign finance reform that prevents registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in American elections.”
When we’re sick and tired of hearing about this scandal or that scandal, maybe there will still be time to return to the heart of what this election is all about. It began as a middle finger to the Washington establishment; it should not end with the election of Mrs. Washington Establishment herself. If we’re going to go in there and fix our broken government, there may never be a better time.