When this line is delivered by President Bartlet at the end of the first season of The West Wing, it's implied that he is quoting some real-life historic figure, but the only attribution I could find was to Aaron Sorkin, the creator and writer of the series. Whatever its provenance, hearing the line last night (I'm watching all the episodes of The West Wing again--for the third time) made me think of Hudson's LWRP and how in a critical aspect of its development just the opposite seems to have happened.
During the workshops and public meetings held throughout 2006 and 2007, those who showed up expressed the desire to have a waterfront free of heavy industrial activity. In 2010, those who continued to show up for meetings about the LWRP and submitted comments about its content were steadfast in their opposition to heavy industry on the waterfront. So, if decisions are made by those who show up and the LWRP is supposed to represent "community consensus regarding the future of its waterfront," how is it that the decision was made to add this statement to the draft LWRP and to repeat it three times: "The City supports plans proposed by Holcim (US) and its tenant to reroute dump truck traffic from the Holcim mine in Greenport, New York, to the deep water port via the South Bay causeway"?