Letter: Make Trump live up to his promises

In Donald Trump’s inaugural address, he rightly spoke of “transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.” This is one of the basic principles upon which this country was founded. It is one of the reasons this country has flourished and is admired around the world.

President Trump also called out “a small group in our nation’s capital” that “has reaped the rewards” at the expense of the people. He is right that public service was never supposed to fatten the pocketbooks of our elected officials.

Therefore, if President Trump is truly interested in “whether our government is controlled by the people,” he must give all citizens the power to ensure our elected leaders — including himself — are not violating our trust by using their offices for their own ends. Ronald Reagan advised that we “trust but verify.”

To my fellow citizens: take your power seriously. To start with: ask President Trump to release his tax returns this year and every year he is in office. And if he chooses, in this area, to be a politician who is “all talk and no action,” when it comes to giving power to the people, we the people must demand through our elected representation the power to verify that our trust is being upheld.

Donald Trump has asked in the past, “why didn’t you make me?” We must make President Trump live up to his promises and to the basic ideals of this country.

Matt Schouten

Cedar Rapids

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