Our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, is something that makes our nation unique and unlike any other nation in the world. Our nation was built on the founding principles that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…
The Constitution as our governing document, after years of amendments, further enshrined those principles to all our citizens, regardless of our individual differences, as equal protections and rights under the law.
In recent years, more and more of our Constitutional rights and freedoms have come under fire. For years, the Second Amendment has faced harsh criticism from activists who failed to understand the purpose of the Second Amendment. To many, there is only a First Amendment because our nation has a Second Amendment to defend it. Still, even that has not stopped our First Amendment from facing more challenges in recent years.
As your County Executive, I honor my oath of office and continue to defend a person’s Constitutional Rights, even when I disagree with them, to ensure they have the right to worship and prayer as they like, to peaceably assemble and speak out, to protect our rights to privacy and due process, and more…
As elected officials, we each raise our right hand and swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.
As County Executive, I asked our county leaders to take one step further: to recommit themselves publicly and pass a resolution declaring Putnam County a Constitutional County— a county that will stand up for its people and defend their constitutional rights.* We accomplished this very same goal when I successfully declared Putnam County a Rule of Law County, a county that continues to support the rule of law equally to all people free of discrimination while specifically citing our continued support of our United States Constitution.
Trust that as your County Executive, I will continue to stand firmly in support of all our Constitutional Rights and Freedoms.
* To date, the Legislature has failed to act on the Constitutional County proposal introduced at the March 2023 State of the County.