We the People
I hope you have all had a great week!
As a follow on to the earlier post on the Constitution, I was reflecting on that document’s first 3 words… We the People.
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
“We the People” is distinctly different than “I the King” or “We the land owners” or “We the nation’s richest… or smartest… or we the elected… or most popular." It is simple, and readers at the time definitely caught the meaning… the power in this new governmental construct was to belong to the people. Leaders were accountable to the people, not vice versa. It is in such a government that I wish to serve. I am not running to expand a resume or to achieve some lifelong ambition, I am running because I want a government that acknowledges and respects the remarkable talent we have in North Oaks and seeks to engage the residents in honest and productive dialogue on equal footing with the residents, not reminding those citizens who “runs the meetings” and “who makes the rules”… We are the Citizen’s government… We are not rulers.
But… as government, we do follow the rules. My “day job” is working in Regulatory Affairs… we work with governments around the world to gain approval and maintain approval for medical devices (pacemakers, defibrillators, heart failure cardiac resynchronization devices, cardiac leads, delivery catheters, cardiac mapping systems, diagnostic devices, ablation catheters, left atrial appendage closure devices…). Those “Rules” take different forms across many different countries where we operate. We need to ensure that we follow those rules to earn approvals for our devices so they can be used safely and effectively across the world to help clinicians treat patients.
Following rules is very important. We have been strong advocates for following the 1999 Planned Unit Development Agreement (PUD/PDA) as “the rules.” Those particular PUD/PDA rules are there to protect the legacy of North Oaks and allow the city to grow in a manner that respects and advances that heritage. I will make a future blog on this topic and look forward to sharing our journey with those rules and the many people who have joined us on that journey along the way… Together, “We the people” have made a difference, and I look forward to serving you as your representative on City Council to ensure that our unique legacy remains our True North.