...Was once easy to identify.
But today, when the truth is hidden and replaced by deception, it's so difficult to measure the quality of the representation we have in office.
A question to ponder: How many on County Council have served our America in uniform? Also - has John Stoffa served in uniform?
We ask that question because going back to the very beginning of our Great America, the men and women who served in uniform all seemed to have the highest and greatest levels of ethics, a term that appears to mean nothing to our Local Government today.
Take the Father of our Country - George Washington, once quoted to say: "I walk on un-trodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent." Led by his moral values and rock solid principles, he understood that he was to set an example high above all others -- and he did just that! He exemplified moral behavior, always standing on a foundation of truth.
And what about our first Vice President, and second President John Adams? Was he a man of who believed in truth? Well, he was quoted to say: "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
And what words of wisdom did our third President Thomas Jefferson have to share with the his constituents? "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." And "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
On that note we have to ask: what do We The People have today as representation? The likes of County Executive John Stoffa. Who unlike George Washington, believes he may behave in any manner of his choosing because no one in our local government dares challenge his erroneous behavior. And who unlike John Adams, believes that he can alter the truth with deception. And who unlike Thomas Jefferson, believes that We The People should remain silent!
News update for Mr. Stoffa - We The People will not remain silent. We have tasted liberty, and we will not allow tyranny of any sort in Northampton County or our great America. You sir have deceived the people who trusted and elect you. For that sir we demand your resignation. Any honorable person in your position would resign with apologies for his/hers ill actions rather than bring more shame to their administration...Own up to your faults and failures sir, and We The People will find it in our hearts to forgive you...but resign you MUST!!!
We anticipate that you will continue to sully the reputation of your office - but rest assured that We The People will not rest until there is justice for your arrogant actions. To refuse the people again will be a clear indication on your part sir, that there is not a descent or honest bone in your body, as illustrated by your very dishonest actions, and unethical practices.
While Adams did not serve in uniform, our history outlines of forty four presidents to date, only twelve did not serve in uniform. Perhaps that's where they learned the true value of Honesty, Loyalty, Integrity, Respect, Ethics, and duty -- to mention a few attributes we expect from our County Council, as well as our local government.