Connect with us


Time For Tim Scott To Step Up




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.

Anyway …

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.

Don’t believe us?  Just look at her spending record.  Or her evolution from small business heroine into the queen of crony capitalism.

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.