Swamps are not happy places for human beings. They are, if anything, too full of life, hungry, predatory life. Hence, when human beings live in swamps, they must become especially careful, wary and cunning.
Nevertheless, in the modern era we have become more generous in our regard towards swamps. If nothing else we value them as filters. The water that passes through them comes out cleaner than it went in. The swamp that lurks in Washington DC, however, has no such redeeming quality. It destroys or pollutes everyone and everything. Such a swamp leaves us only one choice. Either we drain it, or it destroys us.
Want an example? Check out The demonization of Nunes is a window into our times by Victor Davis Hanson. Here is how it starts.
Much of what we now know about the unethical and often illegal behavior of the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency and Department of Justice emerged due to the efforts of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Its chairman during its stunning disclosures has been Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, who in turn has been constantly demonized for his efforts. (continued here)