A former top staffer of Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) and current coordinator of Legislative and Community Affairs for Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-New City) posted a photo to social media this week of himself holding a sign referring to the Founding Fathers of the United States as “elitists.”
The photo was posted by staffer Dustin Hausner, who explained he held the sign at Jon Stewart’s Rally for Sanity in 2010, and posted it as a way of saying goodbye to the comedy host who is leaving the Daily Show this year.
After being questioned by Rockland County Times publisher Dylan Skriloff what he meant by the photo Hausner stated that being “elitist” isn’t necessarily bad and that he held the sign to make a point: the nation’s Founding Fathers believed in a republican form of government, while the nation ultimately evolved toward a more democratic form of government.
In Hausner’s own words: “They [The Founding Fathers] all in the end of the day supported a republic system of rule. It wouldn’t be till many years that a democracy was really formed.
“I made that sign back in 2010 because the Tea Party was constantly talking about the Founding Fathers and misquoting them and just plain mischaracterizing them. My sign was not only to promote thought on who actually were the Founding Fathers, but also what they, based on the time period, viewed and said.”