Rep. Chisty Zito on Martin Luther King
Legislative Update, Week 2
By Representative Christy Zito
January 21, 2018
Monday, was Martin Luther King Day. King is probably the most well known Republican in our recent history. I admire his love of our founding document, the love he had for his country, his belief that demonstration and conflict are to be had on the highest plane of dignity. These excerpts are from one of Dr. Kings most famous speeches.
“In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
On that day, in Judiciary and Rules committee we reviewed the promulgated rules for POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) academy. Reading the proposed rules and changes I found that the words “before God” were to be taken out of the personal ethics agreement that those who completed POST were to agree to before they received their certification.
The removal of these two words may seem trivial, however this is how it begins. One small deletion here and another there and soon, the foundation of what our country stands for is gone. We see the same thing occurring with the removal of our statues, books from schools, anything that anyone finds offensive. Our history will be rewritten by those who gain the power to do so. The struggle of our past patriots like Reverend King will be rewritten to mean something do different, that our history and what our country has stood for will be forever lost.
In my opinion, keeping the reference to our Creator does not diminish the feelings of those who do not believe in a Supreme Creator. However, these are the principles upon which this great country was founded. Not every member of the Convention that produced the Constitution believed the same. They came from different backgrounds and religious beliefs. Still belief and faith in God was the underlying foundation of their work. Our rights are granted to us by a Creator, and protected by the Constitution. We grant the authority to protect those rights to those elected to act in our stead. It is the role if government to act for and in behalf of the citizen.
Wednesday in State Affairs we voted down proposed candidate conflict of interest and financial disclosure legislation. There was no accountability in this draft. I feel that this type of legislation can and should be stronger and better. I don’t believe that those who live in your home, family members such as aged parents, should have their finances exposed. I have also been working on legislation to strengthen our lobbyist gift reporting statute. It will be ready this coming week.
I continue to gather cosponsors for the Stand Your Ground legislation. It is my belief that our full Second Amendment rights should be restored. This right is ensured to us to protect all of the other liberties we cherish; for example, a safeguard against an out of control government.
As always I am so grateful for your trust in me, and for the opportunity to represent your voice in our government. Please contact me any time. The session is moving along at a rapid pace, the hours of daylight are short and the hours of work are long. I love it!
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