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The Great Duck Dinner

A Column by the Editor
web posted April 21, 2008
COLUMN – Edgefield County, once the most powerful political subdivision in the state, has been relegated to near obscurity and it has been best described as “The Great Edgefield County Duck Dinner”. In the past Edgefield County residents were among the most outspoken, unwavering, and unforgiving of political leaders who went astray of representing the people. Much like the migrating duck, they made sure their nesting ground, or home, was secure and then went on their way to secure their survival was devoid of outside intervention.

However, much like that migrating duck, many have been charmed by the farmer of old that relished the opportunity of dining on those desirable ducks at will.

The old story goes that there was a farmer that had a large pond on his property. Every year the ducks would flock to the area to nest and raise their young. Try as he may, the farmer could never get close enough to the wary ducks to take one for his dinner.

Then one year the farmer decided to stop hunting the ducks. Instead he went to the edge of the pond and placed corn for the ducks to feed. Of course the ducks, not knowing from where their bounty was coming, began converging on the food.

In time the farmer would make himself known as he brought the corn to the location, still in a distant and untrusting eye of the ducks, they kept their distance but were more than willing to take the easy bounty rather than search for food.

Eventually the ducks became accustomed to the farmer. He would mingle among them as he would toss down the easy sustenance.

As winter approached, the ducks - fat on the easy offerings of the farmer - were unable to fly south and resume their independent lives. So the farmer built small shelters for the ducks complete with protection from the harsh weather of the approaching winter and continued to come each day and bring more corn.

Once the ducks were completely dependant upon the farmer he quietly and without suspicion placed a fence around the shelters and from that day forward was able to feed upon his intended prey and enjoyed his “duck dinner” at will for the rest of his life.

So it is with the residents of Edgefield County. No longer are they wary of their political leaders nor do they hold them accountable. They place more concern upon gathering the corn in complete unawareness of the farmer that is about to prey upon them.

With the average term of a sitting county council member being a decade or more, I wonder how long it will take the once free and independent voter to break away and regain flight and independence from the farmer.

Edgefield County has a choice this year that it has never had before: to tear down the fences and shelters and regain their independence by removing a majority of the sitting county council members that have become the hired hands of the farmer to feed the growing population of ducks on his pond. Or you can remain the grateful prisoner that is happy you were not chosen to be preyed upon today.
You have the power to change the county by voting. If you are not registered to vote, register before May 9. If you are registered to vote, make it a point to get out and vote.

Only you can make a difference.


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