Dutchess County is an incredibly historic place to live. It is full of rich history that is founded on the principles we hold sacred within Constitution of the United States. Did you know that Fishkill's own John Bailey forged the sword sheathed at George Washington's hip in the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, now owned by the Smithsonian Institution? Years later, on July 26th 1788, delegates to a state convention approved the Constitution right here in the Dutchess County Courthouse in City of Poughkeepsie.
That's right across the street.
Republican Gov. George Clinton, one of the Founding Fathers and among America's first veterans, did not want to ratify the Constitution without a bill of rights. He only supported it because Alexander Hamilton convinced him amendments would be made to protect states rights and the rights of the individual.
This brings me to the reason I am emailing you, my elected officials. I am a major force behind a resolution being proposed to the Board today. I truly believe that our county needs to protect its long and sacred history of protecting human rights. The resolution being brought forth has no teeth, but is designed to honor the sacrifice our veterans have made since the Revolutionary War. To honor who we are as a county and our place in not only American history, but also world history, as our very own Eleanor Roosevelt was the powerhouse humanitarian that brought the world The International Declaration of Human Rights.
In no uncertain terms, Dutchess County MUST declare that it will not do business with corporations that trample on the very foundation of our principles as Americans, no matter the party.
I leave you with a quote by others who have passed similar resolutions in their cities and counties:
“What we’re doing on the local level does have an impact on what happens on the national and international levels.”
Let's Make Dutchess County Great Again!
See you tonight
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Poughkeepsie, NY 12601