So...In the recent past here in the US, there has been much talk about 'draining the swamp', usually in reference to exposing and removing corruption in federal politics.
It can be extended to other, lower levels of state and municipal politics, but it is particularly arch in that the city of Washington, DC, is literally built upon a swamp.
Now, that we've had in power in place in the center of the swamp which made much of a promise to 'drain the swamp'. If the result is actually draining the swamp, I'm rather concerned that the result is a large number of rather noxious and daunting swamp monsters which have been brought in from outside to dwell in the muck of the drained swamp. Predator parasites eagerly seeking out new hosts.
For those of you from the polders of the Nether regions, or the fens of Britain, with your long histories of dealing with drained swamps, is this the kind of thing we should have expected? That the swamp drainers might be worse than the pestilence which was in place while the swamp was still undrained? Has draining the swamp actually generated any benefits? I would think that the number of bloodsuckers might go down, but now it seems as though the winged ones are replaced, often fourfold, by bipedal humanoid bloodsuckers. What was your experience?
We don't hear much about draining the swamp in the UK, although I have to note that Cambridge City is built on the edge of the East Anglian fens - a flat, dry, low-lying agricultural region supported by a system of drainage channels and man-made rivers (dykes and drains) and automated pumping stations.
"Other presidents said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It sank into the swamp. So, I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So, I built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp."