“REPUBLICAN” PARTY NEEDS ACTION … NOT MORE TALK
Last month – prior to the unmitigated debacle that was the latest “Republican” budget bill – U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina took a stand against one of the most glaring executive overreaches included in that monstrosity.
Specifically, Scott came out in opposition to the so-called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) regulation, a radical neighborhood engineering scheme this website has consistently rejected.
How bad is this new Barack Obama diktat?
Very bad …
“Breathtaking in its radicalism, AFFH easily matches Obamacare in its transformative potential,” Stanley Kurtz wrote this week for NRO. “We’re talking about a regulation with the capacity to put virtually every decision ordinarily made by local voters and their elected representatives into the hands of the federal government – how you run your schools; whether the place you live will have the character of a small town, a bedroom suburb, or a densely packed urban center; whether you drive to work on well-paved roads or take public transportation; which neighborhoods your city will spend its money on, and more.”
Astoundingly, though, “Republican” leaders supported funding for this monstrosity – and for Obamacare – in their latest betrayal of taxpayers.
Last year Scott’s office indicated it was investigating the “neighborhood engineering” rule – promulgated by Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Hearings were likely, we were told.
Scott needs to hold those hearings … and many more like them.
After all, in case he hadn’t noticed there’s a broad, far-ranging and increasingly dangerous anti-American agenda at work in Washington, D.C. – one that desperately needs to be exposed. And rebuked. And fought tooth and nail.
Earlier this week, The New York Times ran a story about the rise of anti-“Republican” establishment populists like Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. That article featured a quote from U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham as saying supporters of these two candidates needed to “re-evaluate their views on immigration and other issues that would grow the party.”
Graham, of course, has been holding down the far left flank of the increasingly leftward-lurching “Republican” party in Washington for years now … spearheading an ongoing ideological capitulation that has rendered the GOP utterly indistinguishable from the Democratic party.
Seriously … what’s the difference?
This week, S.C. governor Nikki Haley – who appointed Scott to the U.S. Senate in 2013 – will give the “Republican” response to Obama’s “State of the Union” address. Unfortunately, despite her Tea Party origins Haley has proven herself to be an establishment “Republican” through-and-through.
Yet because Haley is a woman – and an Indian-American woman at that – the GOP is convinced it can dust off its tried-and-true talking points, put them in her mouth and have people believe them again.
It doesn’t work like that …
Talk – no matter who is doing the talking – is still cheap.
While we haven’t embraced all of his votes, Scott is undeniably one of the more pro-free market members of the U.S. Senate. He’s also one of its few genuinely good people. But we need to see more from him … much more. Specifically, we need to see a gut-level understanding that increasingly aggressive leadership on his part is required if our citizens (especially our black citizens) are going to have a better go of it in the turbulent years to come.
America will rise or fall based on whether young political leaders like Scott and Haley choose to serve the establishment – or fight it. Haley has made her choice … it’s time for Scott to make his.