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to the Editor
Wandering Minds and Wondering Fools
posted September 10, 2009
Recently there has been a call for us to consider allowing the
Wandering Minds section of the Edgefielddaily.com to be shut down. Some
of the reasons for this request are that it hurts the county, or it
allows others to see our dirty laundry being aired in public, or that
it stifles growth because the outsiders looking in may not like what
they see. Such a pity some see with blinders.
It’s obvious the call to censor or shut down Wandering Minds is nothing
less than an attempt to squelch our voices. You see those in power, or
those puppet masters pulling the political strings behind the scenes to
benefit, not the people, but themselves, would surely adore having our
voices silenced. For without our voices, without our curiosity, and
without our desire to ensure that citizens of this county and of this
nation are served well, we should all be able to figure out where we
would be, if it were not for free speech. Even with the God-given right
of free speech, look where we are heading.
If it were not for free speech we would already have nationalized
healthcare. If it were not for free speech we would be unaware and
uninformed of what goes on in Edgefield. And if it were not for
free speech, surely there would be a lot of citizens of this county who
would not know who the real puppet master is in the county. But because
a few have voiced their opinions, have voiced their concerns, have
voiced tidbits of knowledge, the dirty dealers have been exposed.
Yes, there are times when postings have been a little terse, a little
personal, unfounded, merely smear campaigns, or just downright
untrue. Regardless of what news media or news outlet you read or
hear from, you must always weigh both sides. Trust, but verify.
Confirm through multiple sources. I, myself, have been the target of a
few tasteless and baseless comments posted on Wandering Minds. However,
the way to combat those types of individuals is to follow with a post
consisting of facts that mitigate or refute any baseless opinion or
charge. Once you ram the facts down the throats of those obnoxious,
ill-informed, uninformed, mealy mouthed individuals, you shut them down
Rigorous and open debate is healthy. Never, ever, take the right of
free speech lightly. In countries where free speech is not a right,
dictators, tyrants, and authoritarians often govern those countries and
go to great lengths to oppress those who practice or engage in free
Words, baseless accusations, smear campaigns, character
assassinations, especially those spoken by the puppet masters or
authoritarians, can be hurtful and destructive. If it were not
for free speech, the alternative, as is the case in those other
countries, could be death.
We have a right to speak out. We have a right to speak out against our
government. We have a right to scrutinize public servants. We have a
right to insure we maintain our freedom and liberty, and part of that
liberty is the freedom of speech. If we shut down a medium such as the
Wandering Minds than we have given forth one inch, of which those in
charge would surely take one mile.
If it were not for the likes of Wandering Minds, blogs, or other social
networking sites, look at what this county - just this county, a
microcosm of our national politics - would have to burden-Mount Vintage
(Rainsford) would probably be operating with impunity; the assessment
in ’95 would have remained and most of us that fought it would have
lost and been stuck with higher property taxes, while the Edgefield
crowd and Council members were enjoying a reduction; Rainsford would
have gotten away with unloading and shoving the industrial park
property down our throats with the alleged intention of centralizing a
High School which turned out to be a mere 8 miles closer than STHS;
Wayne Adams would still be the Administrator; the teachers would be
giving up their stipend under the “Voluntary Submission Form”; Bibbs
would still be living the Suite Life; the School Board would have
gotten away with playing the race card; and on, and on, and on.
To suggest Edgefield County loses business and growth opportunity
because of Wandering Minds is silly. The first thing any big
business looks at is the school district, then beyond that if it passes
muster. Big business also looks at the politics, and if they saw
what we as citizens see, who would want to come and be a part of
Edgefield, owned and run by a puppet master that screws everyone he has
dealings with, and in essence turns everything he touches into fecal
matter. Yeah it may have turned into gold for a moment, for him,
but after that, those left holding the bag would be holding fools gold.
Those that see this, also see there are other places much better, more
promising, and move. Hence, there goes the tax base, and who ever
is left behind has to suck up the increased taxes to pay for the pet
projects and boondoggles of the puppet master. And soon, the tax burden
becomes too unbearable for those left behind, and they too have to
leave or surrender their life’s enjoyments to pay the puppet master.
Realistically, one must ask, “How much business have we lost because of
the puppet master’s shenanigans?” I am actually surprised he has not
tried to confiscate land through the recently used tactic of claiming
You see, we are on to something. Not only here in Edgefield
County, but as a nation. We the People have grown sick and tired
of government intrusion and the thugs who have infiltrated our public
servant corps and fleecing all of us for their own personal gain.
We are on to something and they don’t like it. We are speaking
out and they don’t like it. Their response - they call for censorship
at the national and local level.
And yet, after all this has been brought to light, we still have those
who defend the puppet masters, join in on the chorus of censorship, and
still wonder why we cannot grow like surrounding areas. Wondering fools.
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