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The “William Wallace Caucus”

This website wrote about the so-called “William Wallace Caucus” in the South Carolina Senate more than three years ago, but it’s nice to see the Palmetto State’s “mainstream” media finally catching up. Of course you’ll need to shell out your hard-earned cash for a monthly subscription to The (Columbia, S.C.)…

This website wrote about the so-called “William Wallace Caucus” in the South Carolina Senate more than three years ago, but it’s nice to see the Palmetto State’s “mainstream” media finally catching up.

Of course you’ll need to shell out your hard-earned cash for a monthly subscription to The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper to read their story, but hey … there’s nothing like paying for three-year-old information, right?

Riiiiight …

Anyway, for those of you unfamiliar with this group, the “William Wallace Caucus” – named after the iconic Scottish warrior of Braveheart fame – consists of nine State Senators who tend to vote to the ideological right of their “Republican” colleagues. Of course anyone even remotely familiar with the far left lean of the Senate’s “Republican” caucus knows that’s hardly an achievement.

Seriously, Chairman Mao could find ideological ground to the right of your typical GOP State Senator in South Carolina …

But still, we give most of the “William Wallace Caucus” credit for doing the right thing most of the time – which is more than can be said for “Republicans” like  Thomas Alexander (RINO-Oconee), Paul Campbell (RINO-Berkeley), John Courson (RINO-Richland), Ronnie Cromer (RINO-Newberry), Wes Hayes (RINO-York), Hugh Leatherman(RINO-Florence), Larry Martin (RINO-Pickens), Billy O’Dell (RINO-Abbeville) and Luke Rankin (RINO-Myrtle Beach).

But before we get too carried away praising the “William Wallace Caucus” – which The State has decided to refer to as a “far right faction” – let’s consider the guy who named the group, S.C. Sen. Chip Campsen of Charleston, S.C.

We’ve never been fans of Campsen. For starters he’s a sanctimonious, holier-than-thou social conservative who has wasted millions of tax dollars over the years on failed abstinence only education. He’s also the beneficiary of an exclusive government contract providing tour boat service to Fort Sumter – a controversial deal with the National Park Service that was wrangled with the assistance of his good buddy, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford. In fact Sanford and Campsen shook down taxpayers for additional concessions on behalf of Campsen’s company when they renegotiated this contract in 1999.

Also, when it came time to take a stand against crony capitalism earlier this year (in the form of the latest $120 million bailout provided to aircraft manufacturer Boeing), Campsen voted “present.”

Yeah … what a squish.

This website has repeatedly praised members of the “William Wallace Caucus” – chiefly Tom Davis, Kevin Bryant and Larry Grooms – for their consistent pro-taxpayer votes and fidelity to free market ideology. In fact several South Carolina politicos have made it clear to us they’ve had an elegant sufficiency of our praise for these lawmakers …

But here’s the thing: Labels (even those adopted by the “good guys”) mean absolutely nothing. Republican. Democrat. Conservative. Liberal. Tea Party. Progressive … even “William Wallace.” These words are utterly meaningless in today’s political environment.

What does have meaning? Specific policy proposals, sponsored legislation and votes cast in relation to our bottom line as taxpayers – as well as the pitched battle that’s waging over the size and scope of increasingly unruly government (at all levels). Of course as we’ve noted before, it’s not enough to simply vote the right way – true leaders must also be willing to aggressively call out those who vote the wrong way.

If the “William Wallace Caucus” is committed to fighting that battle, we will continue to praise its members for doing so. If not – and in the case of Campsen, it’s usually “not” – then we will continue to call them out.

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26 comments

Duke May 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Unlike the true William Wallace, they will eventually be corrupted by a self serving corrupt system.

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Darth May 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

As with too many that, like some RINOs that fled the party of the KKK, many grasp at being Tea Party with an unwitting eye to, in the process of clinging to power, corrupting it. At least Tim Scott has gotten away from that .

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Duke May 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Unlike the true William Wallace, they will eventually be corrupted by a self serving corrupt system.

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Darth May 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

As with too many that, like some RINOs that fled the party of the KKK, many grasp at being Tea Party with an unwitting eye to, in the process of clinging to power, corrupting it. At least Tim Scott has gotten away from that .

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CNSYD May 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

“Labels (even those adopted by the “good guys”) mean absolutely nothing.” Oh really?? Then why does Sic Willie use the label “Rino” over and over?

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CorruptionInColumbia May 27, 2013 at 7:18 am

Probably because SC, and the rest of the country, are infested with RINO’s.

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CNSYD May 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

“Labels (even those adopted by the “good guys”) mean absolutely nothing.” Oh really?? Then why does Sic Willie use the label “Rino” over and over?

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CorruptionInColumbia May 27, 2013 at 7:18 am

Probably because SC, and the rest of the country, are infested with RINO’s.

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FREEDOM! May 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Well there’s nothing for it laddies but to paint our faces blue, raise our claymores, and bare our kilted bums to Chip Campsen while airing our disgust!

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FREEDOM! May 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Well there’s nothing for it laddies but to paint our faces blue, raise our claymores, and bare our kilted bums to Chip Campsen while airing our disgust!

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Robert May 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

They will probably be like the original Wallace; alot of legend and little substance.

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Robert May 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

They will probably be like the original Wallace; alot of legend and little substance.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 27, 2013 at 7:20 am

Katrina Shealy was linked with them in The State’s article. So far, I really like Katrina. No buyer’s remorse, which I already had after this much time had passed into the Haley administration. Katrina seems to be genuinely pro-gun, unlike the POS she replaced.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 27, 2013 at 7:20 am

Katrina Shealy was linked with them in The State’s article. So far, I really like Katrina. No buyer’s remorse, which I already had after this much time had passed into the Haley administration. Katrina seems to be genuinely pro-gun, unlike the POS she replaced.

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Tank May 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

I’m all for calling out The State’s paywall, but we call all totally read the article at the link given.

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Tank May 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

I’m all for calling out The State’s paywall, but we call all totally read the article at the link given.

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Zobrown May 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

Well. These dudes do remind me of Mel Gibson.

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Zobrown May 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

Well. These dudes do remind me of Mel Gibson.

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lawzoo May 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

his website has repeatedly praised members of the “William Wallace Caucus” – chiefly Tom Davis, Kevin Bryant and Larry Grooms – for their consistent pro-taxpayer votes and fidelity to free market ideology

“fidelity to free market ideology ” ??? Bullshit ! More like making sure that nothing interferes with getting the family bidness with no strings and no taxes
and not ever having to accomplish anything on their own !

Oh and never having to man up against “The Mike Wallace ” caucus.

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Scrappy May 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

You will never see them “Call Out” anyone!

This is as far as they will push “Big Daddy”.(Leatherman)
It’s “You got your gig, I got mine” in the state house. I’m sure old Tom Davis is telling Big Daddy that his voters like to hear him talk like a republican….He wont rock the boat too much. Just little ripples, right Tom?

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lawzoo May 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

his website has repeatedly praised members of the “William Wallace Caucus” – chiefly Tom Davis, Kevin Bryant and Larry Grooms – for their consistent pro-taxpayer votes and fidelity to free market ideology

“fidelity to free market ideology ” ??? Bullshit ! More like making sure that nothing interferes with getting the family bidness with no strings and no taxes
and not ever having to accomplish anything on their own !

Oh and never having to man up against “The Mike Wallace ” caucus.

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Scrappy May 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

You will never see them “Call Out” anyone!

This is as far as they will push “Big Daddy”.(Leatherman)
It’s “You got your gig, I got mine” in the state house. I’m sure old Tom Davis is telling Big Daddy that his voters like to hear him talk like a republican….He wont rock the boat too much. Just little ripples, right Tom?

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Darth May 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

When has (Coup) l’Etat been a valid arbiter of position on the political spectrum, much less what is in the neocom “Far-Right”, particularly from their perch as Pravda on the Congaree? Granted, as with most MSM, even the centre is to the right, just how far tha’ would be depends on how exponentially out on the left wing they are, and yes Shatner, “There is something on the wing”…

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Darth May 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

When has (Coup) l’Etat been a valid arbiter of position on the political spectrum, much less what is in the neocom “Far-Right”, particularly from their perch as Pravda on the Congaree? Granted, as with most MSM, even the centre is to the right, just how far tha’ would be depends on how exponentially out on the left wing they are, and yes Shatner, “There is something on the wing”…

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Al Swearengen August 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I just picture them all riding Shetland ponies while they wave toilet plugers and shout “Free-dumb!”

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Al Swearengen August 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I just picture them all riding Shetland ponies while they wave toilet plugers and shout “Free-dumb!”

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