FORT EDWARD — A Kingsbury man had a unique proposal for Washington County Supervisors on Friday — get rid of elections and political parties, and let God decide our leaders.
A teary-eyed Tony Cerro took the mic at Friday’s meeting to make his pitch to the county supervisors.
“We are in trouble,” Cerro told the board. “Our system is wrong.”
Cerro told the board he wanted to “get rid of political parties and elections, and turn back to God for guidance.”
He criticized the board for opening every meeting with a prayer, and then doing business “against God’s will right after.” He did not offer specific examples of what the county does that he feels goes against “God’s will.”
“It’s hypocritical,” he said.
Cerro said he also wanted to take his message to the national level.
“I voted for Trump, not because he is perfect, but because he was a better option,” he said. “I want to go to Washington and explain to him the system I propose, but I’m afraid I would get arrested. You people have the ears of our senators and representatives in the federal government.”
None of the 16 supervisors in attendance asked any questions of Cerro.
The American Civil Liberties Union says any proposal like Cerro’s would violate the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
“These actions violate the Establishment Clause, which recognizes that religious freedom thrives best when the government stays out of it. Matters of religious belief should be left to individuals and faith communities, not to governments or political majorities,” the group said in a brief on its website.