At least that's what it seemed like when North Salt Lake Mayor Kay Briggs was "interviewed" by Rocky on a recent radio show.
Rather than discuss the issues that currently divide North Salt Lake and Salt Lake City in an even-handed manner, Rocky used the program to further bully his smaller neighbor to the north. He did it by including five other people whom he knew would reliably parrot his own mantras.
The program -- which I believe would hardly be a risk to Anderson no matter how much time he gave Briggs -- was thoroughly stacked in Salt Lake City's favor, providing "expert" rebuttals for every comment made by Briggs.
This was hardly a fair hearing, and it seemed a thinly veiled effort to put the lid on open dialogue while trying to appear open minded. In short, it was Rocky being a bully again, using tactics he's tried over and over. It boils down to Anderson foisting his personal views on others -- no matter how many people he offends -- rather than seeking to build bridges or find consensus.
To be blunt, Rocky sees himself as smarter than everyone else --combined -- even if some of his positions run counter to those held by nearly everyone else.
To some, it would appear that Rocky is gutsy and displays the admirable courage of his convictions. But people I've known who display the courage of principle do so only at limited times and with respect to the most vital issues. They are likely to be peacemakers and consensus builders in almost all other situations.
Rocky's tactics in so many issues he's been involved with are similar to what North Salt Lake experienced in June. While Anderson still appeared to be negotiating with North Salt Lake over a disputed 80 acres it owns within Salt Lake City boundaries, he decided to ambush his opponents instead.
Billing it as an open space rally, Rocky surrounded himself with sycophants and city employees to pillory his northern neighbor. North Salt Lake Mayor Kay Briggs only attended the rally out of pure chance because he, too, was a proponent of open space.
Briggs became incensed when he found the "rally" was really a roast, with his city the uninvited guest of honor. That led to Brigg's strong reaction, outraged that he had been bushwhacked.
Meanwhile, the small army of Rocky supporters gathered all around proved that Rocky was more interested in bullying his neighbor than making an honest public appeal.
Such tactics also smack of a great lack of humility by Anderson surrounding himself with compatriots while rarely giving recognition that other viewpoints may have validity. It seems to me that any intellectually honest person would be humble enough to realize he or she might not have all the answers.
But we've already talked about Rocky in the past.
The trouble is that even the current radio show is just a symptom of the problems North Salt Lake is having.
In my discussions with North Salt Lake officials and with our reporter, it becomes clear that North Salt Lake has worked mightily -- even since that fateful day in June -- to negotiate in good faith but has been rebuffed at all turns.
Anderson has even turned to a hometown judge to block North Salt Lake's effort to stop Salt Lake City's condemnation of some of the acres in question. Even that victory wasn't apparently enough, so now he's appealing to the Utah Supreme Court to further frustrate North Salt Lake's efforts at vindication.
North Salt Lake is petitioning the courts to get the 80 disputed acres it owns disconnected from Salt Lake City so it can chart its own destiny -- but Anderson wants Utah's high court to move the case out of Davis County.
We can't blame him for trying, but it's just another typical attempt by Salt Lake City, and especially its mayor, to find ways to impose its will on others.
We've discussed with Mayor Briggs his plan to develop 30 of those 80 acres, and it makes good sense to us. In short, he wants to use the 30 acres for trails, parks and a revenue stream to fund the effort to protect the remaining 50 acres from ever being developed.
It's a plan that calls for conservation and provides the funds to do it. It's a middle-of-the-road, reasoned approach. And, of course, that's exactly why Anderson and other extremists oppose it.
And we all know that Rocky knows best.