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The swamp: Why the youth of America cannot drain it

Written By | Feb 23, 2018
The Swamp

CNN Gun Town Hall – Video Screen Shot

WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 23, 2018. – After the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we as a country saw something incredible. Progress on the issue of guns. Mental health amongst them.  However, progress did not come from The Swamp.

Because the conversation came from our American youth.

Our youth stood up and began speaking out passionately, and from their hearts. They spoke about witnessing their fellow classmates and teachers violently dying. For about a week, the spotlight was on them. A spotlight that did not include any party affiliation. They are too young to vote.  For now.

American youth: What the political establishment in this country should fear

This spotlight, however, was unfortunately short.


The swamp and those that live there.  Including media opportunists, as well as political phonies.

The Swamp alive at the CNN Town Hall

Unfortunately, after about a week of true conversations and dialogue, a major turn for the worst occurred, the CNN Town Hall.

This town hall was a shameful display of anti-gun propaganda under the guise of a true conversation on the issue of guns amongst other things.

Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida, as well as Dana Loesch, the NRA spokesperson, was heckled.  Called vile things because they deeply care about the Second Amendment. In one instance after Dana Loesch was asked a question from a student.

The questioning child dragged Mrs. Loesch’s children into the debate.

Charlie Hurt at The Washington Times writes (Media sharks smell blood from Florida school — and ratings):

Even that child with the shaved head who accused Dana Loesch of not caring for her own children because she — like most of us — supports the Second Amendment.

“Dana Loesch, I want you to know that we will support your two children in the way that you will not,” she read from a script

Nasty and threatening, the child dragged Mrs. Loesch’s perfectly innocent children into the debate — live on national television — in a way that only a child who knows nothing of a mother’s love for her children could.

Mrs. Loesch is a brave American, willing to stand in the breech at a moment when most people who agree with her would rather just grieve and pray and quietly seek ways to prevent such hateful carnage from being carried out again by another deranged monster.

Good thing she is always armed.

Again, that child is not to blame. She is understandably lost and grieving, thrust into a broken world in which hate thrives and wins wherever laws have been trampled, threats ignored, and sick, lonely people are left to fester.

Mrs. Loesch, of course, treated the child with the gentle kindness only a loving mother knows.

Colton Haab, Parkland shooting survivor speaks out against The Swamp residing at CNN


“I just want to make sure I have this straight. So you sent them a long, in effect essay on what you thought but they put their own words in the question and they weren’t the same as the words you had sent in? They were the producer’s words?” Carlson asked.

“Absolutely,” Haab answered. “They had taken what I had wrote and what I had briefed on and talked about and they actually wrote the question for me.”

“But not with your — they put their own words into their question, even after they asked to you send in questions,” Carlson responded.

“Absolutely,” Haab said.

“But that seems dishonest,” Carlson reacted.

“It definitely did,” Haab agreed. “That’s kind of why I didn’t go last night. Originally I had thought that it was going to be more of my own question and my own say and then it turned out to be more of just a script. And she had actually said that over the phone that I needed to stick to the script.”

Haab said watched some of the CNN town hall but turned it off because he “knew” it was going to be “scripted.”

CNN denies the charge, says that Haab is lying.

Democrat talking point: Guns are bad.  Repeat.  Guns are bad.  Repeat.  Guns are bad.

All night at this town hall, we heard Bill Nelson and Ted Deutch both Democratic lawmakers answering essentially every question with one answer:  Guns are bad and we must ban them.

This is not a true conversation, these are talking points. Talking points the dishonest mainstream media push because they agree with them.

Seventeen lives taken from the world way too soon. And they deserve more than talking points.

Seventeen lives who had families that all cared deeply about them. Friends who witnessed their gruesome murders will never be the same after that horrific Wednesday day. In their honor and for the sake of the victims who survived, the conversation must go on.

But it must go on freely and fairly.

Without politically motivated pundits giving their anti-gun lectures, without the NRA being labeled a terrorist group.

For the sake of the fallen and the victims, we owe it to them to come together and find solutions. Although solutions, especially in Washington, are not easy to find, the aftermath that led to our youth rising up and demanding action must continue. But continue in an unmanufactured way.

Let thoughts flow through the public.


Because our youth demand it.


Moshe Maryles

Moshe Maryles currently attends Baruch college where he is a Political Science major and a history minor. Maryles currently interns for Congressman Dan Donovan (11th Congressional district of New York) in his Staten Island office.