Who is South Carolina’s Tim Scott? After his appointment to the US Senate this week by South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, he is now the first African-American senator from the state of South Carolina, and part of the changing face of the Republican Party. Scott is a firm conservative voice with an amazing personal story who Republicans hope will be able to help sell conservatism to the black community and other minority groups. It became clear in the recent election that Republicans need to put forward more female and minority candidates for office, and the leadership of the party has listened.
Tim Scott grew up dirt poor in Charleston, South Carolina and was raised by his mother after his parents divorced at age 7. To say that times were tough would be an understatement. His mother worked 16 hour days in order to make ends meet, and was Tim’s inspiration primary care giver and inspiration from an early age.
Before being elected to congress in 2008 (As the first African-American congressman in over 100 years from South Carolina), Tim Scott earned a partial football scholarship to college. He then went on to become a successful businessman in the community. His amazing story of American entrepreneurship and success included starting his own insurance agency, and a financial advising company as well. Tim Scott has a long history of running successful companies, and should bring a refreshing viewpoint to balancing the federal government’s bottom line.
Now, I can tell you that the left is already up in arms over this political appointment. It’s already started in the New York Times and elsewhere. They will make fun of this man, and scoff publicly, and make sure they drive home the point that the Republican party is still the party of racists, bigots, and homophobes. They are going to use terms like “Uncle Tom”, and “House Negro” to describe Tim Scott, simply because it is too hard for them to believe that a black man might actually be a conservative. We’ve seen their routine before with Clarence Thomas, J.C. Watts, Colon Powell, Herman Caine, and many other prominent black Republicans.
While we can predict what hate inspired words and vitriol the Democrats will begin to spew regarding Tim Scott’s appointment, we don’t have to permit it. Republicans must call the Democrats on the carpet for their blatant acts of racism, as well as the soft racism that they continue to promote through their political parties. For it is their policies that keep poor blacks poor, and take opportunity out of the hands of many struggling minority groups in this country.
By ensuring that minority groups are held down and forever dependent on the government, Democrats believe they have created a permanent voter block that can be taken for granted forever. It is up to the Republican party to invade this voter block, and show the Democrats that these folks simply can not be taken for granted any longer. Just because someone is poor, or a minority — Does that mean they want less opportunity than someone who is white or middle class? Why would we automatically assume that all these people want from the government is a hand out, and not a hand up?
Tim Scott was a very smart appointment by Nikki Haley, and should begin to play a major part in the GOP’s political agenda for the next decade. No longer can we continue to nominate boring old rich white guys to sell our message. The important thing is the message, and it shouldn’t matter who sells it — As long as they sell it effectively, and protect the uniquely American values we stand for. We are the country of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, and Ben Franklin. We are the heirs to an amazing responsibility, and tremendous opportunity. Let’s never forget that fact, and never again give up on any segment of the electorate because it’s a “safe” Democratic voting block.