No, this is not The Onion. In the Charlotte suburb of Indian Trail, North Carolina, a city councilman has resigned his seat in protest of what he sees as cronyism and secrecy, and he did so, in the language of the long time series villains from the Star Trek universe, the Klingon Empire.
David Waddell, a self-described religious, conservative, constitutionalist, plans to run against Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, who has recently come under attack from Koch Brothers political slush-fund, Americans For Prosperity.
Waddel admitted the written Klingon language resignation letter was mostly a matter of fun. Though mostly written in English, Waddell crafted the brunt of his message in the sci-fi tongue, writing:
[box type=”shadow”]“Teach (the) city (the) constitution. I will return next time to witness victory. Resignation occurs in 2014 the 31st of January. Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign,”[/box]
For those not immediately familiar with the series canon, Klingons are renowned for their senses of honor, duty and bravery and the final sentence, “Perhaps today is a good day to resign,” is a play on a popular phrase uttered by Klingon characters, “Perhaps today is a good day to die.”
Waddell, who was a plumber prior to his political life, maintains a healthy social networking presence, where he makes his numerous political views – from climate change being part of the popular “Agenda 21” conspiracy theory, to general enthusiasm for all things “Tea Party,” – available for public consumption.
An apparent believer in multiple fringe conspiracy theories, Waddell’s eagerness for an end to the two-party system, while admirable, seems to be a bit off the rails in many ways.
No formal announcements of note have been made regarding Waddell’s candidacy for Senate, and either as a result of not making the ballot, or simply not being endorsed, he has not yet been endorsed as the Constitution Party’s candidate for the office, but to go by his own social network streams, he is highly optimistic.
Waddell’s split from the GOP and aspirations for a third-party, write-in run, though a proper outlier in regards to actual electoral prospects, is yet another signal regarding the fringe and orthodox right wing’s apparent split from establishment Republicans.
The GOP civil war which has been brewing over the course of the past couple of years seems to many, to be coming to a head as the nation continues moving towards the year’s midterm elections. And if stories like Waddell’s are to be any indicator, the results of such should be, at the very least, entertaining to watch during the erupting Republican divisions in the face of this greatly crucial election.
(h/t: NBC News)