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Tim Scott Makes History With Appointment to U.S. Senate

TimScottSouth Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott to be the replacement for outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint. The move was highly anticipated since DeMint announced that he would be departing the Senate on December 6th.

Scott, a Tea Party favorite, will bring a strong message of conservative principles to the Senate; one that is centered around limited government, lower taxes, and free enterprise.

In the press conference announcing her appointment of Scott to the Senate, Gov. Haley noted the historic significance applied to her decision.  “It is important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat,” Haley said. ”He earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat with the results he has shown.”

Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, Scott worked at an insurance company and was also involved with real-estate. He served on the Charleston City Council in 1995 and was selected to be the statewide chairman of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's senatorial campaign. He is a staunch believer in school choice and tuition vouchers, both are strong assets to his conservative credentials.

At the press conference, Scott immediately turned his focus toward the frail and anemic economy, "I look forward to pressing the flesh on economic development issues, having the opportunity to work on making sure that our economy in this state continues to hum like an engine and get on the team with Nikki Haley to make sure that all of America continues to hear the great things about South Carolina."

Scott is now the lone African-American in the Senate. He is the first black Republican Senator since Edmund Brooke in 1979 and first Republican Senator in the South since Reconstruction.

While the mainstream media has long attempted to label the Tea Party and Republicans as “old, rich white men” and “racists,” Tim Scott debunks that liberal myth. He broadens the GOP’s appeal and brings a sense of leadership that Washington so desperately needs.

In retrospect, the Tea Party is to thank for the diversity and appeal that is attributed tot he modern-day conservative movement. It produced victories for Hispanic New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, newly-elected Hispanic Sen. Ted Cruz, and the well-known Cuban-American, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is rumored to be one of the favorites to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016. 

Not everyone was pleased to hear about Tim Scott’s promotion. Liberals began to conform to their usual race-baiting whenever a black conservative gleams in the spotlight. Radio show Amos Brown managed to express a distasteful and hateful sentiment towards Scott via Twitter (@Amoswtlcindy). "Gee, courtesy of S. Carolina GOP, the nation gets Tim Scott an ultra-rightwing, Tea Party devotee US Senator who's Black only in skin color."

While it is typical of the left to invoke a senseless notion that black conservatives are less authentic for their stances and beliefs, it is important that the narrative be centered on true substance: jobs, growing the economy, and strengthening the middle class.

Tim Scott is not only a symbol of racial progression and diversity, but he embodies the American dream.  He is someone who came from very humble roots, experienced many challenges along the way but with hard work and dedication has become a powerful voice for liberty.  He will be positive force in the United States Senate. 

Tom Vail

I hate race based vitriol: "courtesy of S. Carolina GOP, the nation gets Tim Scott an ultra-rightwing, Tea Party devotee US Senator who's Black only in skin color." I find this comment in the above article both appalling and telling. First, it highlights the extreme prejudice that some minorities (and their supposed supporters) still hold for the white majority. Second, it highlights the hypocrisy in the concept that "black" issues and supporters are monolithic and can only be identified by skin color.
In this country, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, whose famous "I have a Dream" speech, with its immortal phrase "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." We have made great progress since that day, but we have not yet perfected that dream.
Now, we have a President who is in the perfect position to break down the remaining vestiges of that great divide. A man with one black parent, and one white parent. Yet, he has not used his mixed heritage to minimize the remaining racial differences in our country. He accentuates his "black" heritage, hardening the lines of conflict - increasing envy and contention between one group and another.
Our Founders put equality in the Constitution for a reason. They knew at the time that there was some hypocrisy in the document - some states would not relinquish the benefits of slave labor. But they believed that the institution would fail, as it did 100 years later. It took another 100 years for real racial equality to be established. Now, it is time to abolish the verbal race based debate. We should not take 100 more years to finish this process.