The malignant maladministration in St. Johns County was partly remedied Tuesday, September 17, 2019, as swift action by several County Commissioners remedied a major foulup by foul, fetid County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK.
There was NO proclamation on the agenda for Commission for Constitution Day, September 17, 2019, as of 12:30 am on that day, when I wrote our Commissioners.
By 9 AM, there was, and the President of the local Maria Jefferson chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter was belatedly invited to accept the proclamation.
Several St. Johns County Commissioners read my e-mail and remedied the omission, before 9 AM, when the Commission meeting began. The final agenda, belatedly provided, was not in its usual spot in the Commission Auditorium vestibule. When provided, it was a thick document, not double-sided, presumably because it was photocopied by MICHAEL RYAN, MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK's PR man, who came to St. Johns County from Richardson, Texas to serve as flak-catcher for all of WANCHICK's pro-developer works and pomps.
In sharp contrast, there was NO televised proclamation or recognition for Constitution Day/Week this year by either of the two itty-bitty cities, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach.
Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are under attack.
I'm proud of our Commissioners for their swift action.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, a lesson I learned from my parents and from all of my teachers, professors, mentors and whistleblower clients. It's up to us.
On September 17, 1787, Benjamin Franklin, the oldest delegate to the Constitutional Convention, was asked by a woman in Philadelphia what form of government had emerged from the months of discussions and debates. "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."
It bears repeating: "A republic, if you can keep it."
Let's keep it.
It's up to us.
It's up to you.
Here's the e-mail I wrote at 12:30 AM today to St. Johns County Commission Chairman Paul Waldron, Vice Chairman Jeb Smith, and Commissioners James K. Johns, I. Henry Dean and Jeremiah Blocker:
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Tue, Sep 17, 2019 12:30 am
Subject: Request No, 2019-389: Constitution Day NOT on St. Johns County Commission agenda: why?
1. Today is Constitution Day.
From the Architect of the Capitol: