Independence Day Message

On this Independence Day, we remember the uncommon courage of our Founders, who ended the rule of a royal government that no longer secured Americans’ rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  That July day 234 years ago captured the spirit of America, a spirit that demanded honesty, effectiveness, and fair play from government, a spirit that would settle for nothing less.  The Founders looked across the Atlantic to King George’s government, and they said: enough.

Today, the citizens of Monroe County look across the thruway to the government at Albany, they look to its overdue budgets, its political horse trading, its entrenched incumbents, and they say: enough!

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive…it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”  If the government didn’t work for the people, Jefferson knew that the people had the right to change the government.

In 2010, we believe that the day to change New York State government has arrived.  For too long, our state legislators have worked harder to secure their own political futures than the future of working families in our state.  For too long, they have voted for increasing their own salaries but against ethics reforms.  For too long, they have failed to hold the line on taxation and raise the bar on education, job growth, and fiscal transparency.  And—for too long—we the voters of New York State have not done our part to hold them accountable, sending incumbents back to Albany for term after term.

As we reflect on the spirit of this Independence Day, let us consider declaring our independence once more.  Let’s change a state government that has been called “the most dysfunctional in the nation.”  Let’s vote for a new government in Albany, one that works for us.  Our Founders would settle for nothing less.

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