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Tim Scott, Rand Paul Embrace Affirmative Action

SENATORS EMBRACE RACIST, SELF-PROMOTIONAL “RLJ RULE” U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has always struck us as an elected official willing to stand up to the divisive voices emanating from America’s left.  You know, the ones who try to make everything about race – attacking legitimate criticism along racial lines. Four years…

SENATORS EMBRACE RACIST, SELF-PROMOTIONAL “RLJ RULE”

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has always struck us as an elected official willing to stand up to the divisive voices emanating from America’s left.  You know, the ones who try to make everything about race – attacking legitimate criticism along racial lines.

Four years ago when he was first running for the U.S. Congress, Scott stood up to the establishment-friendly NAACP when it attacked the Tea Party movement.

“The Tea Party is a color-blind movement that has principled differences with many of the leaders in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans,” Scott said at the time. “Their aim is to support the strongest candidates – regardless of color or background – who will fight to return our country to its Constitutional roots of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets.”

Obviously that movement hasn’t exactly panned out, but Scott’s rebuke of the NAACP – while not as firm as ours – highlighted an important point.  The cause of limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets and individual liberty is  colorblind … whether the liberals admit it or not.

Anyway, that’s why it was so disappointing to see Scott championing the so-called “RLJ Rule,” a self-promotional affirmative action ploy being pushed by Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson.

According to the “RLJ Rule,” companies interviewing for “managerial openings at the director level and above” would voluntarily pledge to interview at least two minority candidates.  Meanwhile at least two minority-owned businesses would be given the opportunity to bid on “any vendor contracts.”

Scott has recently incorporated the “RLJ Rule” into draft legislation.  And this draft legislation has been co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican presidential hopeful who is on the lookout for symbolic ways to ingratiate himself with black voters.

Symbolic though it may be, Scott’s bill is dangerous in our estimation.  Sure, it takes great care to describe itself as “neither an employment quota nor Federal law,” but it represents a first step toward the federal government imposing a new era of discrimination on the private sector – one that’s every bit as nefarious as the discrimination that used to be practiced against  minorities.

Or the discrimination recently practiced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against limited government groups.

Seriously … what’s next?  Are we going to force companies which sell 30 percent of their products to a certain demographic group to also employ 30 percent of that demographic group in their managerial chart?  And create another new wing of the IRS to monitor and enforce this “equality in hiring?”

It’s a slippery slope …

“We have always believed that any law which unfairly limits an individual’s rights on the basis of their skin color, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation is wrong,” we wrote back in 2012.  “Unfortunately such an inherently fair world view is anathema to many in our ‘fair share’ world – where the fundamentally American notion of equal opportunity has been replaced by an expectation of equal outcomes for all.”

Kelli Goff over at The Root  says Scott and Paul’s advocacy is “refreshing.”

“At a time in which Congress is more divided and gridlocked than ever before, the fact that a potential bipartisan solution may have been found to one of America’s most divisive issues—the role of race as a barrier to economic advancement—is extraordinary,” she wrote in praising their sponsorship of the bill.

Really?

Last time we checked the barriers to economic advancement for poor and middle class blacks – and whites – were as high as they’ve ever been.  Thanks in no small part, we’d humbly add, to the black president whose election she describes as a “watershed moment.”

And in no small part to that ignorant cracker who preceded him …

We know the reflexive reaction of the politically correct left is to blame everything on skin color – and presume government can dictate a solution to this “problem” by imposing new regulations on corporate American – but that’s just not reality.  The reality is that economic inequality has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with government’s maintenance and expansion of the dependency economy – while it prints more money for “one percent.”

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45 comments

Buz Martin August 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Yeah, nobody ever discriminates against black people these days.

… in Narnia.

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Original Good Old Boy August 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Some people discriminate against blacks. Some people discriminate against whites. The point is that there shouldn’t be a preference for one race over the other when it comes to hiring or opportunities.

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I love Asian cuisine August 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Exactly.

Asians get more loan approvals and better interest rates then Anglo’s from banks, should we go out a pass a bunch of laws to fix that?

Of course not.

Plus, I don’t think we could get Al Sharpton to dress up in “White face” unless we could guarantee a constant stream of white oriented manufactured outrage with the appropriate compensation for his stoking expertise.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Brother Al dresses up in “white” hair every day.

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Buz Martin August 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Agreed. I was responding to Will’s statement on that, as it was stated, which seemed to suggest that all discrimination against blacks was in the past. As you point out, there is all kinds of discrimination, against every group imaginable. Will may have edited the statement since I first read the piece. Or he may not. Either way, it’s cool. This is a couple of guys with political ambitions, of course. I’m thinking maybe a POTUS/VPOTUS ticket. So it is to be expected.

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SCBlues August 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm

“The point is that there shouldn’t be a preference for one race over the other when it comes to hiring or opportunities.”
In a perfect world I would agree with you. This world? Not so much.

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Rand is no Ron August 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

The only saving grace to this bill is that(from my understand, which could be wrong), it is supposedly completely voluntary/optional in regards to whether a business chooses to interview minority candidates or not.

Minorities shouldn’t have to face further stigma surrounding whether they actually deserved a job or were a product of affirmative action, and the only way to guarantee that is to eliminate government enforced favoritism based on race.

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SCBlues August 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

“Rand is no Ron ”
Are you saying that is a bad thing???

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Rand is no Ron August 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm

You ready to vote for Rand?

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shifty henry August 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Guess that would also work in reverse: “black” owned companies would be required to deal with white folks, Hispanics, Asians, Indian Ocean cannibals, arabs, …. and how many others? Another problem is can they keep up with PERCENTAGES? What’s next – ration out drivers licenses, concealed carry permits, and what else? Has anybody asked the Pakistani/Indian/Bangladesh gas/convenience store owners how they feel about it? Good God, I could go on and on …!!

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Wonder Bread August 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Yep. I’m gonna go demand that I get an interview for bartender at Jet Night Life baby. Those racist bastard got no white bartenders.

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SCBlues August 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

” . . . . . “black” owned companies . . .”

How can you tell what color person owns which company?? Seriously.

“Another problem is can they keep up with PERCENTAGEs?”

If the “they” that you are talking about are the “black” company owners, I would assume yes – “blacks” take math just like the rest of us so I do not think that keeping up with percentages will be an issue.

“Has anybody asked the Pakistani/Indian/Bangladesh convenience store owners how they feel about it?”
I’ve never noticed a preponderance of Pakistani/Indian/Bangladesh convenience store owners. A Big Gulp is a Big Gulp is a Big Gulp if you ask me.

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shifty henry August 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Don’t think that the black folks discriminate against whites in St. Andrews now, for example at McDonalds and Dollar General? The black employees take care of the brothers and sisters first. This is from personal experience.

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SCBlues August 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm

“Don’t think that the black folks discriminate against whites . . .”

And the white folks in businesses all over South take care of Billy Joe and Betty Sue first. This is from personal experience.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

This is from personal experience.

SCB,
You black and blue?

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SCBlues August 15, 2014 at 6:41 pm

“SCB,
You black and blue?”
Depends on the day . . . Monday I’m blue and Friday I’m black – any other day it is somewhere in between . . .

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Damn good answer!

Smirks August 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

McDonalds and Dollar General

Well, there’s your problem. I’ve never gotten good service at these businesses regardless of which location it was in.

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idcydm August 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

I went to the McDonalds in Batesville this morning and was waited on
right after the car in front of me. The lady at the window was really
nice and wished me a good day. I thought the service was good, now the food, you get what you pay for.

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GrandTango August 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

“Symbolic though it may be” I KNEW that was coming…and then later you say it’s a FIRST STEP..WTF have you been Dumb@$$..This is likely a Token gesture (if there is aNY truth to it) to replace the REAL Quota in Hiring, you F*#king Democrats have been Jockeying for 50 years…

Bottom line: What the LEFT (FITS) is doing now is trying to weaken the supporters of Republicans. That’s the way Liberal-Tarians get GOP voters, and put a Democrat in…

My Guess: FITS is going to end up pulling more Democrat votes (because only the stupid will buy this.) The nutjob side-show Liberal-Tarian party will not appeal to the more-intelligent Conservative voter…and making it harder for democrats, is not what FITS is trying to do,. And it’s not what Felonious Punk pays him for.

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SCBlues August 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

You do realize that nobody knows what the fuck you are talking about, right?

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GrandTango August 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Some intellect is a prerequisite: So I don’t doubt you a bit…even in your use of the term “nobody.”

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SCBlues August 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

“Some intellect is a prerequisite . . .”
Intellect hell! Maybe some good drugs!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 16, 2014 at 7:37 am

Felonious Punk

Maybe you’re not so bad after all,T.
First you were down with David Allan Coe…now you’re referencing TBG’s favorite jazz artist, Thelonious Mo…
Uh…nevermind.

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GrandTango August 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

You gotta admit it has melodious tone to it…and it does remind one of a talented artist…Winner on all sides.

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Jim August 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm

“The Tea Party is a color-blind movement that has principled differences with many of the leaders in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans.”

Did he really believe that or was he just trying to get votes?

http://aattp.org/20-of-the-most-racist-teapublican-political-signs/

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Bible Thumper August 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Not exactly an unbiased source. AATTP – Americans against the tea party. There are racist in every organization. Explain Scott’s election to the House. He didn’t have any opposition front anyone in the Tea Party.

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Jim August 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Can you think if a pro tea party group that would take the time to document tea party racism. Calling our your BS is what your opponents do.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/18/gop-anti-immigration_n_3618392.html

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Bible Thumper August 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Repeat: There are racist in every organization.
Racists comments from the Obama administration. Any crack pot can organize a Tea Party group. These were all chosen by Obama.
http://mediatrackers.org/national/2013/06/20/6-horribly-racist-comments-from-obama-admin-officials

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Tazmaniac August 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

When Libs show their racist views, it is “cute”, all others are Satan’s spawn.

Bible Thumper August 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

These programs, well intended as they may be, end up helping people who don’t need it.
1. They are already wealthy. Just another form of what Will calls crony capitalism.
2. They are 51% minority owned business and subcontract to white owned or other 51% minority owned business so that a large majority of the income goes to whites.
3. The beneficiaries are people who look like Senator Elizabeth Warren, who claims to be 1/16 native American.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

3. The beneficiaries are people who look like Senator Elizabeth Warren, who claims to be 1/16 native American.

Oy vey!

You got a problem with that, Kimosabe?

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Bible Thumper August 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

How, Yo, Shalom, TontoBubbaGoldstein. Some of my best friends are Native African Jewish Americans.

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Manray August 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Isn’t Scott an example of GOP Affirmative Action? How did he get his senate seat? Oh yeah, it was given to him.

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Bible Thumper August 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

He was elected to the House and will be elected to the Senate. Whites are appointed to office all the time. So?

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SCBlues August 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

” So?”
I don’t think there is a “So?” – he was just stating a fact.

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Bible Thumper August 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

He also asked a question about affirmative action. This is why affirmative action is “SO” wrong. It diminishes the accomplishments of African Americans and instead credits “racial profiling” in reverse.

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Tazmaniac August 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Has anyone ever just simply considered giving the most QUALIFIED person the job or scholarship?

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ReElect Nikki August 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

I’m against that!

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RogueElephant August 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Why would you even think of something like that ? Just think of the bureaucrats that would have to get a real job. Just think of all the paper work that would be eliminated. Anything that makes that much sense could never be considered. There has to be “self esteem” considered. The “most qualified” is a racist argument. There could never be “equal outcomes”. The list goes on and on but “qualified” is of secondary importance . Welcome to reality. lol

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shifty henry August 16, 2014 at 8:35 am

Fits, isn’t there a photo of Scott, somewhere on the planet, that doesn’t have folks looking up his nose?

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nitrat August 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

Relatedly, I recently saw a story in the Health section of NYT that people who are too ‘gummy’ can have a little Botox injected in their upper gum area and end up with a real natural looking smile that doesn’t flash all that gum at us.
But, hey, from all the Tim Scott ads I’ve seen on the web, they ALL look up his nose and show those gums. He and his people must like that look.

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shifty henry August 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

GUMS — ‘SMUG’ spelled backwards, got it….

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nitrat August 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

Another example of how all small government types throw small government out the window if they can pass a law that gets them in the news.
Isn’t it Chip Campsen who runs to the press proposing a new law any time a news story grabs his attention?
That’s all this is about.

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Philip Branton August 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Hmm we wonder if Tim Scott thinks this lady looks like Lin Bennett…??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7y7oJ266qI

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