Two weeks ago, I read in UCW that the U.S. was not a democracy. I couldn’t quite believe my own eyes. David Waddell claims that no variation of the word democracy appears in the constitution, but that the U.S. is a republic. The Norwegian constitution states that Norway is a kingdom without mentioning that the country is a democracy. Great Britain is a kingdom, but that country has no constitution.
Norway, Britain, and the U.S. are all democracies, but we have different forms of government. The word democracy comes from the Greek word demokratía, which means “rule of the people”. It has nothing to do whether your country is a kingdom or a republic. Technically Waddell is correct, but we live in the real world.
Mr. Waddell claims a republic is a form of government where supreme power is held by the citizens entitled to vote. That may be what the constitution says. In reality the country is ruled by the party that wins an election, at the present time it is pretty much a stalemate.
As far as Indian Trail is concerned its power is granted by the state. Its mayor and town council are directly elected by the people. Indian Trail is ruled by a fraction of the electorate. Less than 10 percent of the electorate voted last November.
He also claims that the 907 people that voted for him did so because he was against approving a bond to widen the Old Monroe Road. The road name tells you it is old and needs to be widened. There were of course many other reasons why people voted for Mr. Waddell. They might be members of the same church, they might like his looks, they may sympathize with the Constitution Party, it could be that because he was the last of the candidates on the ballot list, it could be because of a plumbing job he did for one or several residents.
Again I stress, he claims the supreme power is held by the citizens entitled to vote. For the Thoroughfare Bonds Referendum, 54.58 percent of the voters voted yes, but only 17.24 percent voted for him. We respect Mr. Waddell as a councilman, and he should respect that 54.58 percent of the voters voted for the Thoroughfare Bonds Referendum.