In the United States the right to vote is a sacred privilege. Anybody who has ever read anything I have written over the past few years knows that I urge everyone to get out and vote because they can make a huge difference. And if they don’t vote they have little to say if the results don’t go their way.
We go by a system of majority rules. If someone is elected by the slimmest of margins say 50.01 percent to 49.99 percent or if it is just one vote then they are elected. If your candidate loses, you may not like it but you have to abide by the results even if you think they lied during the campaign, touted phony endorsements, or hid behind half-truths.
The same applies to those elected. They are charged with doing what the public that elected them wants even if they do not agree with it. They are not allowed to pick and choose according to their own beliefs they are servants of the people.
The Indian Trail town council is in that position right now. The taxpaying voters of this town voted for a bond referendum for the widening of Old Monroe Road. The council has been given direction by the people. Build it. They can’t choose not to proceed, that is in direct contradiction to what the public wants and is un-democratic. If they feel that way then does the public have a right appoint different council members if they didn’t support them during the election?
Councilman Waddell’s statement that the bond referendum “narrowly” passed is an insult to voters everywhere. Using his analysis all five members of the town council were “narrowly” elected. If Mr. Waddell is going to pick and choose what he wants to proceed with despite what the public wants that is un-American, un-democratic and verging on communist.
We the people of Indian Trail deserve better.