In Defense of the First Amendment
Statement by Christine Palm concerning Art Linares’ attack on the First Amendment. July 27, 2018
“We in the Constitution State need to defend the Constitution. This bedrock of our democracy is broad, deep and elegant as written; no one should pick and choose which of the 27 ratified amendments to support and which to deem insignificant. Patriotic people across this nation see the first 10 amendments, which constitute the Bill of Rights, as most directly governing our lives.
While I understand being upset by any action that disrespects the flag, “taking a knee” is not such an action. Rather, it is an act of supplication — an earnest and humble request. Those who kneel in non-violent protest do so out of love for our country because they are moved by a fervent desire to see the rights of all people respected and restored.
Therefore, despite the anti-democratic narrative and political opportunism of Senator Art Linares and others, at the center of the controversy in Haddam is the First Amendment itself.
This Amendment specifically protects five freedoms, three of which Selectwoman Schlag has invoked: the freedom of speech, the freedom to peaceably assemble, and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Put simply, these three freedoms mean that if you disagree with your government, you have a right to express your opinion, as long as it doesn’t create a riot or harm others.
The GOP outcry is nothing more than political posturing. Linares chose to attack a Democrat but has been completely silent for more than a year regarding a Republican who has also shown her independence by taking a knee at Haddam town meetings to protest the injustices of the current administration.
Linares would better spend his time addressing what is critical to our district – enhancing economic security for working families, creating jobs that pay a living wage, and protecting the elderly, the environment, veterans, teachers’ pensions and women’s rights.
People of all political persuasions and parties — including the GOP – should stand up for our Constitution in all its glory. It’s time to honor all the U.S. soldiers who have died defending what our flag stands for, those who currently serve our country to defend our Constitutional rights, and all who invoke the First Amendment as they challenge our nation to become “a more perfect union.”
Don’t forget to go to the Town Budget Meeting where we’ll vote on the upcoming Town Budget, Wednesday, May 30 at Firehouse 1 at 7 p.m.
Over 130 Democrats from area town committees met on Wed., Feb. 28 in Essex to hear from 12 candidates for governor, treasurer, attorney general at Essex’s town office building. This number from Haddam, Chester, Deep River and Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme and Portland is double the amount that met last month in Deep River to share ideas and collaborate on how to restore sanity and good sense in our local, state, and national government. The four chairs of the local committees, Lori Ann Clymas, (Chester), Lisa Bibbiani (Deep River), Brian Cournoyer (Essex), and Melissa Schlag (Haddam) began this collaboration in the new year. The purpose of these gatherings is to stand strong together to take back our towns, state, and nation by campaigning together, instead of as individual town committees. Right now we are receiving reports from local political dignitaries and pitches from future candidates.
Each Democratic Town Committee plans to host a joint meeting in the coming months. The next one is Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Haddam Fire House 1. State-wide Candidate Presentations will be from:
- Eva Bermudez Zimmerman (Sec)
- Guy Smith (Gov)
- Clare Kindall (AG)
- Mark Stewart Greenstein (Gov
- Joe Ganim (Gov)
Please take the time now to click and like the Chester, Deep River, and Essex Democratic Town Committees on line or visit their websites so you can stay informed at this crucial time!
Highlights from the First Joint Meeting
Over 65 Democrats from Haddam, Chester, Deep River and Essex (with a few from Portland and Middletown) assembled at the Deep River Town Hall on January 24th to share ideas and collaborate on how to restore sanity and good sense in our local, state and national government. The four chairs of the local committees Lori Ann Clymas, (Chester), Lisa Bibbiani (Deep River), Brian Cournoyer (Essex) and Melissa Schlag (Haddam) lead the organizational meeting and encouraged reports from local political dignitaries and future candidates. Each Democratic Town Committee plans to host a joint meeting in the coming months. The next one is Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall. Please take the time now to click and like the Chester, Deep River and Essex Democratic Town Committees on line or visit their websites so you can stay informed at this crucial time!
Democratic Town Committees from Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam are joining forces this new year with a series of Joint Democratic Town Committee meetings. The first takes place at the Deep River Town Hall on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Come experience the strength in numbers as we share ideas and hear from:
- Gubernatorial candidate Joe Ganim (Bridgeport Mayor)
- AG Candidate Mike D’Agostino (State Rep. Hamden)
- First Selectman Norm Needleman
- Judge of Probate-elect Jeannine Lewis
The next joint meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall . We’ll host one in March, date to be announced.
Let us know if you can make it, if you need directions, or are interested in carpooling.
Nine New Members Added at Caucus
Congratulations to nine new and returning members!
We had a great caucus and now have 39 members on our committee. What a dynamic group! We will see third Wednesday of each month. After our February 7 meeting which will be at the Town Hall, we will be meeting at the Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum. Since we can get cell service at the community center, we will be able to offer live Facebook or Skype meetings for folks who are not able to make it.
Who We Are and Why You Should Join Haddam Democrats
We are a hybrid of Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck neighbors who embrace progressive values such as:
- employment and economic opportunity
- a healthy environment
- quality, affordable health care
- civil rights
- affordable housing
- access to good public education
- and fair taxation
We insist on open and fair town government here at home. Read more.