Should elected officials stick to original campaign promises?

Each week, The Beacon’s editorial board will take a stance on a current issue.

It is a well known truth that in all levels of politics someone who is campaigning to get as many votes as they can from the largest amount of people, will say anything they have to to convince voters to give them their support.

With the 2020 presidential election right around the corner, the current President of the United States, Donald Trump, is hoping to spark incentives for the American public to reelect him for a second term as the 45th President.

The only problem is, that most of the promises President Trump is offering up to 2020 voters, are the same promises that got him elected in the first place.

For instance, during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the Donald continuously bashed the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Stating days before finding out he would be the President, “If we don’t repeal and replace Obamacare, we will destroy American healthcare forever.”

That is a very serious claim, a feeling that he believed in so much, he told a crowd of more than 700 people at a rally that, “It’s one of the single most important reasons why we must win on Nov. 8. We must win.”

At a separate rally, in Sanford, FL, Trump had promised the crowds that they are, “going to have such great healthcare at a tiny fraction of the cost, and it is going to be so easy.”

What we learned during that 2016 campaign is that the Affordable care act is dangerous, Trump would fix it, and it would be easy.

Yet, here we are in 2019 and this same exact person is guaranteeing that health care will now be a huge issue in the 2020 election.

Should we trust Trump, though?

This was one of the biggest issues that the once GOP nominee, now President, ran on. Seemingly nothing was done from inauguration day until now, other than talking about and planning it.

Those actions do not line up with an issue that he called the single most important issue, and one that would be easy to change.

It is also not the only time he has promised something during campaign season that have seemingly gone nowhere.

“The Wall” between Mexico and The United States, a clearly promised outcome that Trump offered the people who voted for him, is still nowhere in sight. This is just another promise that some must hold out for in the coming years, if they once again cast their vote.

It cannot even be said that this is something that Trump came up with himself. It seems to be a common practice among politicians to promise everything to their hopeful voters, without any real intent to deliver.

It is reminiscent of a elementary school class presidency election where the hopeful constituents would each guarantee to make recess every period, abolish homework, and offer chicken nuggets and French fries for lunch every day, not realizing the difficulties (or impossibilities) of fulfilling all of these promises.

They don’t see it as the outright lie we know it to be. Why do we keep letting the adults lie to us?

It would be great if we could all one day just take a stand and make it stop. Cast away all the rich liars and elect the country’s most intelligent forward thinker who is actually suited for the job. But, the US government is a well-oiled machine that has been running in the exact opposite direction since its inception over 200 years ago.

Let us all take time to try to sift through most of the fluff that will be pushed our way in the coming months, and try to find the person who can actually make good on their promises.