My Turn: Trump signed the pledge and will stick to it

  • President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Jan. 11. AP

For the Monitor
Published: 1/16/2017 12:10:14 AM

Just over one year ago, President-elect Donald Trump signed the 2016 Thomson Presidential Pledge on Dec. 1, 2015, in Waterville Valley, before
   New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

The pledge has seven points to it that fulfill Trump’s promise to the hard-working men and women of this great nation in order to “Make America Great Again.”

Those seven points, which Trump signed, are as follows:

1. Cut taxes, fees and regulations that are destroying our small businesses and jobs.

2. Cut spending and reduce the national debt.

3. Cut the size of government at all levels.

4. Secure our borders by using whatever means are necessary.

5. Become energy independent within four years.

6. Repeal and replace Obamacare.

7. Faithfully and forcefully uphold, follow and protect the United States Constitution.

The above pledge was sent to every major presidential candidate, whether Republican, Democrat or independent. Out of 21 major candidates, only four signed the pledge: Sen. Ran Paul, Donald Trump, Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Not one Democrat or independent signed, so Trump was the only presidential candidate in the general election who signed this pledge.

A year later the American people voted on Nov. 8 and shocked the world and elected Trump as our 45th president with an overwhelming Electoral College outcome of 306 for Trump and 232 for Hillary Clinton.

A successful leader will surround himself or herself with exceptional, skilled and proven people, and that is just what President-elect Donald Trump is doing with his Cabinet.

The pledge has played an important part in New Hampshire’s politics for the past 48 years, when my late father, former governor Mel Thomson, galvanized the pledge in 1968 against a state sales and or income tax.

Since then, every individual elected as New Hampshire governor – Democrat or Republican – has taken the pledge and to this day our state is free of a sales or income tax.

I decided to carry on my father’s legacy of the pledge and expanded it to all presidential candidates running in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. A total of eight signed the first pledge before the 2012 primary, including one who went on to run in the general election.

Four years later, it was signed by President-elect Trump, who will be sworn in Jan. 20.

For the voters, the pledge is a promise that the candidate will uphold these important principles once he or she is elected to serve the people.

I believe President-elect Trump will uphold the pledge he signed. I also believe that as our president he will work hard to heal our nation and will work tirelessly for all Americans with a common goal to “Make America Great Again.”

(Tom Thomson lives in Orford.)

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