Our nation has sometimes fallen short of its admirable goals, but we must always strive to achieve the highest ideals enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. All elected officials, from a President of the United States to a Mecklenburg County Commissioner, take a solemn oath to uphold and protect our democracy and its core institutions.
Today, as never before in recent memory, this democracy and those institutions are under threat. Elected leaders who have incited, encouraged, or stood in silence in the face of relentless and baseless attacks on the outcome of a free and fair election have done our country a grave disservice.
Today's lawlessness is not who we are. Those of us called and elected to positions of public leadership must show who we are, by standing up and clearly defending the institutions that preserve our freedom, our equality, and our future as a nation governed by a system of laws. I will continue to work on behalf of all the citizens of Mecklenburg County and to defend the laws and institutions I swore an oath to uphold, in speech and in action.
Leigh Braslow Altman, J.D.
Mecklenburg County Commissioner, At-Large