This morning I attended the 9/11 remembrance ceremonies in Alpharetta. And I have to say that they do things right in Alpharetta; they are not just going through the motions. The ceremony was incredible . . . not only well-produced, but the messaging was apposite and inspiring. Attendees definitely left moved and appreciative of those national elements that distinguish our great country and have made the USA a shining beacon of liberty. And of course, these uniquely American elements should infuse our governance from top to bottom . . . in Washington as well as in Milton (and Alpharetta).
The 20th anniversary of 9/11 provides an opportunity to reflect on those things American that we most value and must protect to survive and thrive. In my humble opinion, America’s success as a nation has been largely driven by a dedication to principles and processes of good government (in contrast to blood-and-soil tribalism that still holds sway in much of the rest of the world). The principles of government (with an emphasis on liberty) are set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the processes of government (i.e., its architecture) are set forth in the Constitution, with subsequent amendments (there are now 27) sometimes addressing principles, sometimes addressing processes. Citizens are best served when our politics and governance, including at the local level, closely coincide with our cherished principles and processes (as ensconced in our laws). In our increasingly divided nation and local community, I strongly believe that a renewed emphasis on proven good government principles and processes—concepts about which there should be little disagreement—is the path to a more perfect union. And such an emphasis is also a fitting way to honor those who tragically lost their lives on 9/11.
Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives on 9/11,
Postscript: Tomorrow I will post the second part of my blog post on the gating of Crooked Creek.
Source: Alpharetta Public Safety Facebook Page