Orlando, FL, January 13, 2018—The office of Digger Cartwright released the transcripts of his opening statement and his responses to the question and answer session from Thinking Outside the Boxe’s Annual Symposium held in Orlando from December 25, 2017 through January 1, 2018.
Mr. Cartwright’s opening statement was as follows:
“It’s an honor to be here at the Thinking Outside the Boxe symposium once again. I have missed the intellectually stimulating discussions since I last participated in this event a couple of years back. Much has changed since my last appearance here, and we have much to discuss. I am excited to hear the thoughts of my fellow panelists on so many of the pressing issues that we face today as a nation.
Since I was here last, the men and women in America who had been largely forgotten for eight years made their voices heard loud and clear by electing Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States in an election upset unlike anything we have seen in modern times. In an election whose result was largely a forgone conclusion in the media’s mind, a political outsider who connected with we the people fomented a groundswell of populism and beat the establishment, the political elites, the bureaucrats, and the political bosses at their own game. Despite his unique brand of political engagement and his polarizing personality, he brought people of all walks of life, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all races, and all creeds into the political process. His simple message of “Make America Great Again” resonated with the voters who for years felt a growing divide between the party of Washington and we the people.
After growing weary during eight years of a rapidly expanding federal government, failed healthcare, misguided social policies, and a concerted effort to shame America, we the people decided we had had enough with the ultra-liberal agenda being pursued by the Administration and voted for someone who showed a keen interest in the issues that matter to most Americans and who wasn’t ashamed of American exceptionalism. Hope and change was replaced with strength and optimism. An administration bent on increasing the power of the federal government and the tyrannical bureaucracy over the lives of Americans was replaced with one bent on reducing the influence and scope of the federal government on the American people. The administration of more regulations was replaced with an administration of fewer regulations. An administration focused on rigging the system in favor of special interests, political cronies, and self-preservation was eclipsed by one seeking to drain the swamp in Washington.
But the man who defied the odds to win the presidency, the political outsider, has been met with persecution by political enemies and the deep state establishment, obstructionism by both political parties, and a never-ending barrage of criticism by the liberal media still reeling over the loss by their anointed candidate. The more the establishment, the deep state, the bureaucrats, the political elites and the media resist the efforts by President Trump to advance his agenda on behalf of the American people, the more the American people are coming to resent the party of Washington. The President is shining the light on the evils of the party of Washington and exposing the corruption of the Washington swamp more and more to the American people.
Despite the efforts to impede his agenda and taint his presidency with fake news, President Trump moves forward undeterred with his efforts to Make America Great Again and he seems to be doing just that. Onerous regulations that had been choking businesses continue to be rolled back. A tax cut package lowering tax rates for businesses and individuals alike was passed by the Congress and signed by the President days before Christmas. While the Republican establishment in Washington appears to be engaged in a détente with the President, their initiatives are aimed more at self-preservation as they head into mid-term elections in 2018. Likewise, the Democrat party remains unwilling to engage with the President or Republicans on advancing any legislation that benefits the American people or taxpayers as they too position themselves for the 2018 Congressional mid-term elections. They remain bent on false narratives, obstructionism, denigration, clinging to failed policies, and supporting misguided policies which only sets them further apart from the American people who elected the President. Their actions only serve to further divide and isolate their party from moderate Americans.
The effort to obstruct the President is indicative of a growing disconnect between the party of Washington and the American people. The President is an outsider, like all of us,
and is seeking to disrupt the self-preservation game played by the party of Washington and to unseat the firmly entrenched deep state. The draining of the swamp will be a monumental task and will not come easy, particularly when that effort will disrupt the way of life of those who benefit from the status quo. The road forward is difficult. It will take stamina, courage, and leadership to break the stranglehold that the establishment and deep state have upon our federal government and truly restore government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Our role in this is important. We, like all of our fellow Americans, have a responsibility to contribute to the political dialogue, to become more involved in the political process, to exert pressure on elected and unelected leaders to do what is in the best interests of the people and not that of the special interests, and to speak out against the status quo and the perpetuation of failed policies of the past. Those of us who are not part of the establishment, who are not the party of Washington, must continue to formulate, debate, and promote ideas that can eventually become the basis of future policies. We do not have to accept the ideas or ways of the past as the norm for the future. The party of Washington has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not have the solutions. The party of Washington is not the solution but rather it is the problem for the American people. Our contribution to draining the swamp in Washington can be to have ideas and proposed solutions to the great challenges facing America today and in the years to come. We can drain the swamp of bad players and bad ideas and fill it back with a host of new and perhaps unique ideas and perspectives. In that regard, I look forward to the upcoming discussions and debates in the next few days over many challenges facing America and how we can address those challenges together.”
The transcript of Mr. Cartwright’s responses in the question and answer session follows.
About Mr. Cartwright—Digger Cartwright is the award-winning author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versailles Conspiracy, a modern day political thriller, Murder at the Ocean Forest, a traditional mystery novel set in the 1940s, The House of Dark Shadows, a psychological thriller, The Maynwarings: A Game of Chance, a mystery set in the Old West, and Conversations on the Bench, an inspirational/motivational novel. His books are available in hardback, paperback, and e-book format through his website, on-line booksellers and bookstores.
Mr. Cartwright has contributed to a number of articles on a wide range of financial, strategic planning, and policy topics. He frequently contributes articles, commentaries, and editorials focusing on current economic and political topics for the private think tank, Thinking Outside the Boxe.
Mr. Cartwright is an enthusiastic supporter of local no-kill animal shelters.
He enjoys golf, participating in charity golf tournaments, and attending WWE events. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Florida.
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