Letter to the Editor
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Dear Friends of Scotland County,
Help me, help me understand who we are and what we are. I don’t understand the “they” “we” stuff. The habit we have of calling government officials “they.” They are blamed for mistakes, for predictions that do not come true and for bad laws. It would seem to me it would be a definite gain if “we” is the better term for the real source of power in a democracy.
State by state, county by county, city by city, town, by town, the decency of living and the beauty of life remain matters to be solved by the attitude implied by word “we.”
Let’s look at it this way: we put them in office. We can guide them in their decision-making by making our opinions known. We can help make government succeed by giving it our wholehearted support. If we feel certain officials are to blame for events, we can elect new ones. The real center of democratic power is in us, in each and every individual who is a citizen of our land.
When we look upon our elected official representatives as a group don’t refer to them as “they”; we weaken the form of government we want to preserve. The next time you want to blame them for a bad law, it is we who are at fault. Let’s see what we, acting together, can do about this problem.