The following sentence was taken from The Declaration of Independence that frames the basic principles on which this great nation was formed and has endured conflict from within and abroad for over 232 years:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. I have highlighted the clause that makes this document so very sacred and noteworthy as we protest this contemplated usurpation of the voters rights in this great City of New York by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn.
The sanctity of the voters will is so very precious to protecting the rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the United States Constitution, that even the horrific events of 09/11/2001 would not be sufficient justification to forego the November 2001 Mayoral election for The City of New York. Clearly, neither Mayor Michael Bloomberg nor Christine Quinn nor the entire body of the New York City Council has demonstrated any compelling reason to usurp the will of the voters.This proposed legislation is merely the product of a well planned, well financed, move by an arrogant, despotic Mayor and a sheepish self serving City Council that has betrayed the trust that their constituents have placed in them.
Certainly, the written testimony of others that are opposed to this legislation will point out the many short comings of Mayor Bloomberg and those dysfunctional agencies that he is in charge of.They will also point out his abusive use of eminent domain at a proposed cost of 100's of millions of taxpayer dollars. They will point out that despite the fact he founded and owns most of Bloomberg L.L.P., the largest worldwide financial data organization, he did not warn New Yorkers of the financial storm that was brewing for several years, because sub-prime mortgages were extended to unqualified people.Nor did he note the complicity and collusion that permeated both the real-estate and banking industry in granting these loans, with the tacit approval and direction of congress.
I will close my testimony with a much used but very appropriate quote. French president Charles De Gaulle had something to say on political indispensability: “Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible. De Gaulle said, the cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.”