We repeatedly hear the cry, where is the leadership? We need a person to lead. There just aren’t any leaders. This may be true, however when a good leader does come along such as Rep. Nelson Hardwick, what do we hear but “he’s too tough or just plain impatient.”
Well, in my opinion you just can’t have a strong leader without an objective, fair, reasonable, take-charge person. Leadership varies in the style of the personality like Abraham Lincoln, Gen. George Patton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, etc. The one thing all leaders have is determination. Hardwick has all the qualities of a leader: he is direct, determined, fair and a calculating personality.
As chairman of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, Hardwick did have a few dissenters, as reported in a Jan. 20 story in The Sun News (“ Upstate lawmaker replaces fiery ag chair”). Notice, there are no positive comments nor praise for Hardwick in the story.
The gripes raised by of some of the objectors against Nelson were that he is tough, insulting, disrespectful; these self-righteous instigators believe only of what they say as their case or cause is on point, no counter argument is tolerated.
The ones who are insulting are those who toss the charges, as there can be no opposing views.
If you look at Hardwick’s record, you will discern, his leadership and actions have loosened frivolous regulations; cleared non-essentials infringements upon the development of properties; assisted small business owners with minor state regulations; helped untangle confusing regulation heaped upon farmers, fishermen, hunters; proposed legislation in the protection of animal rights, plus many more innovations in helping the citizens of South Carolina.
Losing Hardwick as chairman of the House Agriculture committee will be a big loss. The new chairman, Rep. David Hiott, will soon find out his open door policy may nice, but after he listens to agitators, pressure groups, contradictory instigators, rowdy clowns, etc., Hiott will learn as Hardwick did, the door can’t stay open for long.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.