My comments at Monday’s city commission meeting were tempered by my position as Leader of the newly organized International Chamber of Justice Inc.
Much like the Chamber of Commerce, we will provide networking opportunities serving the economic interest of “we the people” while working with the other Chamber to grow jobs and serve the community.
Our mission entails working closely with members of the business community and with government officials and elected officials at every conceivable level. Drawing lines in the sand is not helpful when opening and growing a conversation among people who are feuding already.
Yet, had we failed to take a firm stand, we would have failed to promote the economic interests of our constituency — all flesh and blood, all non-artificial persons who are presumed to be equal under the law with any artificial, corporate person.
Our Global vision of decision-making structures involves three sectors. We see two artificial-persons sectors, the Commercial Industrial Corporate Sector and Government Corporate Sector such as the City of St. Augustine’s Municipal Corporation.
Our beloved human family, whose number includes all decision-makers for all of the corporations in both artificial-persons sectors, makes up the third sector of society’s decision-makers.
People make decisions for themselves, their family, organization, business or government agency and act in the corporate name, but, they too are members of our human family; not some enemy or outsider.
We seek and teach new ways to relate with one another. A conflict like the 24 year campaign by city and state officials to overcome constitutional limits on their exercise of city power over those who perform or sell fully protected expression on the public forum is in desperate need of a fresh viewpoint.
But, a dialogue must involve the disputants or it becomes mere commentary of bystanders on the way the dispute is (mis)characterized.
The staged dialogue of Monday’s meeting isolated disputants.
Normal city officials and staffers must cost per city meeting something like $1500 an hour just for personnel. Add a small squad of police officers as well as a very expensive attorney to coordinate and coach the city commissioners through the passage which nearly took the entire 7-hour meeting to extend a city policy put in place 24 years ago.
Clearly the city had already committed to the set of ordinances when they agreed to spend nearly $20,000 in advance of voting, just on the one “second reading” marathon last Monday
My question is, who is the (1984) decision-maker that set and maintained this policy through 3 different city managers and 12 different elected city commissions, and, who has the power to direct all those designated decision-makers for our municipal corporation — still after 25 years?
Roger G. Jolley
St. Augustine, FL