As publicized in the Anderson Independent Mail and on Earl Capp's blog, I have agreed to attend a debate/forum with Anderson County Councilman Ron Wilson.
What might surpise everyone involved is that I have no intention of, in the Southern term, "carying anybody's water." While my previous post against Wilson did quote several bona fide sources, I believe Mr. Wilson debating me on those source's points is silly. Mr. Wilson needs to debate the sources that talk about his associations, not someone who merely points out what those sources said and comments upon it. If what those sources said, including his own website, are not what they appear, then he should debate them on such issues, or perhaps even himself.
That is not say I do not relish the chance to talk about conservative local government principles in an open forum. I think Anderson County is a prime example of the problem we have in South Carolina when it comes to local big government. Though 6-1 Republican, the Anderson County Council continues to preside over growing local government. There are real issues there to get into and discuss.
There is no debate to be had on what other people have said. They said it. It is published. Referring to them is not open to debate. It is what it is. If they are wrong, well, then Mr. Wilson needs to address them, not me.
Further, I have found there seems to be a lot of talk on another blog and on a local radio station up there that I am paid to do this, etc. Well, that is simply untrue. I have written on this blog and on SC Hotline about the problems with local government for a long time now. No one pays me to. Further, I realize that some of the folks who have nothing to do all day but sit around and dream up things about people and come with conspiracy theories will likely show their paranoia in public. All I can do is laugh about it.
Now, if the AIM or anyone else reads this and decides it is not worth their time, well so be it.
I thank Mr. Wilson for the chance to discuss the wide range of issues that faces Anderson County and local governments in general in South Carolina. It will shock me if Mr. Wilson gets personal in this discussion. He told me on the phone that he would not.
If Mr. Wilson will join me in politically condemning Kirk Lyons, The League of the South, and take down his sponsorhip of www.dixiebroadcasting.com because some of the affiliations it has, then I will be the first Monday night to applaud him, and I will immediatey publish a commentary saying the man is not what others say he is.
Then we will get on to the issues that really matter to the people.
If Save the SCV or the Southern Poverty Law Center has a problem with that, they can send someone to carry their water.
It is up to you Councilman. If you issue a press release condeming the before mentioned, we can just talk issues, or even not talk at all.
That is my challenge to you, Councilman. I