Last weekend, I was up in Western New York for a fundraiser event that a lovely couple hosted for me in order to help defray the costs of my “quarantine camp” lawsuit that I have been handling pro bono all year.
It was a terrific afternoon of informative speeches followed by a panel discussion-style Q&A session. Joining me on the stage was my lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, state Sen. George Borrello, Mayor Deb Rogers (who stood up to the quarantine regulation with her village while I was fighting it in court), Assemblyman Steve Hawley (the local assemblyman for that district who supports our case and came to welcome the crowd), and Assemblyman Dave DiPietro, who is also a supporter of our suit.
The speeches were terrific—replete with keen insights into what goes on behind the scenes in our government and particularly in the halls of the capitol building in Albany. One thing that really struck a chord with me was something that Assemblyman DiPietro said, and so I will share it with you, in a moment.
A quick note before I do: I’d like to point out that from Day 1 of all of this, I have always said that this isn't about politics. It is not about Democrat vs. Republican, liberal vs. conservative. ... It is about basic human rights.
As of the writing of this article, of all of the speeches, presentations, and interviews I have done over the past 2 1/2 years (and I have done so many I have literally lost count), I have never spoken publicly about my political affiliation. Not once. Why not? Because it is not relevant to the work I am doing to preserve our Constitution and our way of life. And so, as you read this article, understand that the information I give you herein as to the politicians’ political affiliations is fact—those are the parties they belong to. (For example, Kathy Hochul is a Democrat. Letitia James is a Democrat. A supermajority of our NYS Legislature are Democrats. And so on).
Back to the story that Assemblyman DiPietro shared during his speech.
“You guys can’t do this. This is totally unconstitutional!”The response he received from his colleague was:
“One and five, Dave. One and five.”Assemblyman DiPietro explained to us that, as he was new to Albany politics at the time, he didn’t understand what this meant. So logically, he asked the Democratic legislator what he meant by that. His response was unbelievable, as he explained to Assemblyman DiPietro that, in essence:
“We know it’s unconstitutional. We don’t care. It will take you (Republicans) one million dollars and five years to sue us and get it struck down as unconstitutional.”Assemblyman DiPietro was stunned. As was I when I heard him tell this story. As (I hope) you are now as you read this. How could these elected officials so brazenly disregard the rule of law, and shun their oath to uphold the Constitution? Equally as frightening is the fact that this attitude continues still today in the one-party rule that we see in Albany, where the Democrats have a supermajority in both our legislative houses, and they have the governorship.
Catch me if you can!
This is where the government does things that they very well know they lack the power to do, yet they do it anyway! Constitution be damned. Citizens be damned. An example of this that we saw on the federal level was Biden’s eviction moratorium that he imposed on landlords nationwide, which he issued through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The underlying point is, we cannot continue to remain on defense. There aren’t enough lawyers like me to fight all of the stunningly illegal regulations and laws that our government is churning out at record rates. Even if there were an abundance of like-minded attorneys, the other problem is that lawsuits take time, a lot of time. And, lawsuits take money. And while the lawsuits are being fought, people are being injured in the interim. It’s not sustainable. We need to change the paradigm!