PROCLAMATION from Fred Camillo, First Selectman
WHEREAS, The Rule of Law is a fundamental concept undergirding justice, freedom, and representative government; and
WHEREAS, The Rule has been a guiding ideal of constitutional government that can be traced through history from various systems of law, through the Magna Carta and the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, The United States was founded on the principle that voluntary adherence to the Rule of Law expands, rather than limits, the opportunities for freedom; and
WHEREAS, The Rule of Law rests upon the idea that no person is so important as to be above the law and conversely no person is so insignificant to be beneath the law; and
WHEREAS, The principle that no person is above the law means that there must be limits on government and that government officials must be held accountable for their actions; and
WHEREAS, The separation of powers among branches of the government are essential to preserving the Rule of Law; and
WHEREAS, An independent judiciary is essential to a free society and administration of laws; and
WHEREAS, A viable democracy requires understanding of the nature and basis of our freedoms and recognition of the individual responsibilities which those freedoms impose; and
WHEREAS, The Rule of Law requires an educated citizenry that understands law and demonstrates engaged citizenship; and
WHEREAS, The theme for Law Day 2023 is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.” The goal of this theme is to emphasize a spirit of cooperation and respect to build and maintain faith in our public institutions so that together we may strive to meet the challenges that face our Nation.
in the Town of Greenwich and urge residents to observe this day by deepening their understanding of the Rule of Law and dedicating themselves to Advancing the Rule of Law NOW to strengthen our democracy, defend liberty, and pursue justice.