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Guest Column: The Snobs

“Government of the powerful, by the powerful and for the powerful!”

In July of 2022, the Establishment Elite within the South Carolina Republican Party began to meet secretly to devise a sinister plan to destroy the South Carolina Freedom Caucus.

On the night of June 14, 2022, those elites were faced with a dose of reality.

Rob Harris, an operating room nurse from Spartanburg, Rob Harris, a political novice, Rob Harris, a strict Constitutional Conservative, Rob Harris, a bold follower of Jesus, had defeated a sweet lady who had served 24 years in the South Carolina State Legislature.

Rob Harris received 54 percent of the vote against the incumbent who had the support of the S.C. House Republican Caucus. His defeated foe had ascended the State House ladder and become the chairperson of the powerful Education Committee. Rob’s opponent was dearly loved and respected by her fellow legislators, but on the night of June 14, 2022, political newcomer, Rob Harris, defeated her.

No tears please for the former legislator and chairperson! You see, the elite takes care of their own and in January 2023, the 83-year-old former representative was appointed by Governor Henry McMaster to the State Board of Education.

Still, Harris’ election caused eyebrows to be raised!

On that same night in June of 2022, Constitutional Conservative April Cromer from Anderson County defeated another establishment darling and former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. That member of the Establishment Elite had a quote following his defeat, “South Carolina is great because we work with each other. We go across the aisle to Democrats. We MAKE COMPROMISES because we do what is in the best interest of the state.”

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Cromer, on the other hand, campaigned, not on MAKING COMPROMISES on core principles, but on fiscal responsibility and Second Amendment rights, among other issues! Her victory was by an astonishing 20 percentage points!

In another Anderson County race, newcomer Thomas Beach defeated an entrenched Republican incumbent by 18 percentage points – 50-32 in a three-person race.

In a June 26, 2022 article in The State newspaper, one powerful Republican legislator was quoted as saying “the (Republican) caucus will address our concerns.”

And did they ever! By creating a new rule – one no committed “Freedom Caucus” member could ever sign, -they began their attempt to bring the less than one-year-old caucus to its knees.

On December 6, 2022, at its first caucus meeting, the S.C. House Republican Caucus voted to adopt the First Amendment-destroying rule against free speech and expel anyone who refused to sign an oath to “agree to adhere, abide by and comply with” the rule.

That’s right! For the first time EVER, the REPUBLICAN “masters” told their serfs that if they did not bow down, WE WILL PUNISH YOU! That was just the beginning!

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The first meaningful vote of the 2023 legislative session involved who should be our judges for the next several years. During that debate, three Freedom Caucus legislators who voted not to support the Establishment Elite-endorsed person to be the next state Supreme Court justice were targeted by dark money from the establishment.

Rob Harris (remember him?) — the most vocally anti-abortion member of the legislature was targeted with text messages to his constituents claiming his vote against the establishment’s choice would cause more abortions to happen. That his vote would kill more babies! Two other Freedom Caucus members who voted against the establishment choice were likewise targeted by the same text messages sent to their constituents.

The next week, Freedom Caucus members who voted in favor of a compassionate amendment to a crime bill (an amendment that was not adopted) were similarly attacked by establishment dark money – claiming we wanted “dangerous felons” to own guns.

When the South Carolina Freedom Caucus sued the state’s Ethics Commission to protect our “equal First Amendment right,” to be recognized as a caucus, our constituents received texts claiming we were evil men and women who were attacking state government.

When some of us questioned the state spending $1,300,000,000 to lure Scout Motors to South Carolina – while never giving small businesses similar legislative concern – we were attacked again by texts to our constituents claiming we were against jobs and anti-business.

And after the final session before our furlough (the session when we voted to approve the 2023-24 state budget), dark money texts were sent to our constituents saying we were against fiscal responsibility, education, law enforcement … you name it!

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S.C. speaker pro tempore Tommy Pope (Travis Bell Photography)

Allow me to just say if you are walking in the woods and see something that looks like poop, If you pick it up and smell it, and it smells like poop, DO NOT TASTE IT! IT IS POOP!

What the God-honoring patriotic citizens of South Carolina are up against is no different than what we see happening in Washington. As the Establishment Elite squanders our money, as they pass laws, regulations, and rules to “fundamentally transform” our nation and our state, we need to be aware that what they are asking you and me to do is bow to them and “kiss their rings of power.”

These arrogant “rulers” want their “serfs” to cower to them. They want their “uninformed, less intelligent, less capable” constituents to submit to their power.

A reporter asked me on Monday, March 6, 2023, if anything had surprised me during my first three months as a first-year legislator.

My answer? YES!

I was taught in school, and I have believed all my life, I have told my friends and my family, that the thing that makes America great is that in America, the government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

I now know, after being an insider for three months, that the government – at least the GOP House side of the government in South Carolina is “of the powerful, by the powerful, and for the powerful.”

A constituent phoned me last week and asked me to vote against a House bill that is currently in committee. I pulled the bill up and looked at its main sponsor and its co-sponsors. The co-sponsors on that bill included the most powerful Republicans in the House. After looking at these sponsors, I told my constituent that no matter what the language of the bill says, it will pass the House. I told her that if she wanted to see it defeated, she would have to call her State Senator.

That, my fellow citizens, is government “of the powerful, by the powerful, and for the powerful.”

Pray that regular God-honoring, hard-working, America-loving men, and women will speak up. Pray that regular God-honoring, hard-working, America-loving, men, and women will stand up. Pray that your Freedom Caucus men and women will not grow weary in doing good.

The powerful elite are no more than flowers that will fade and grass that will wither in comparison to our Creator God who formed each one of them in their mother’s womb.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …

Representative Joe White (Facebook)

Joe White represents District 40 in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He is a veteran, family man and successful small business owner.

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18 comments

AtheistGayWoman69 March 28, 2023 at 12:49 pm

Imagine thinking you stand for freedom as you take away women’s rights.

Also, FYI Joe, not all South Carolinians honor your God or are patriotic so your drivel does not appeal to us. You do not speak to us.

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John March 28, 2023 at 1:44 pm

And they wonder why each new generation increasingly rejects their religious insanity?

SC is be a bubble of insanity of many decades to come.

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Daniel March 29, 2023 at 7:48 am

Feel free to move back up north.

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John March 28, 2023 at 1:40 pm

Another written example of how far from reality these mentally ill Republicans have become.

Pure madness.

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jbl1a March 28, 2023 at 3:17 pm

3 above comments. all examples of how far from morality this nation has fallen

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Barbara Edwards Top fan March 29, 2023 at 6:29 am

Explain. Your morality?

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jbl1a March 29, 2023 at 7:26 am

Don’t kill babies in the womb. Treat mentally ill people, don’t play along with their make believe and demand everyone else does also. Treat people like people. Deal with criminals. Pretty simple stuff.

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John March 29, 2023 at 9:15 am

“ don’t play along with their make believe and demand everyone else does also. ”

So you are against Christians and them trying to force their “make believe” on everyone?

Good to know.

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jbl1a March 28, 2023 at 3:19 pm

The first 3 comments show exactly how far this nation has fallen morally

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John March 29, 2023 at 9:18 am

You are too confused about your own beliefs to have any idea what is morally sound.

It ain’t you and your conservative psycho friends. That’s for sure.

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KC Resident March 28, 2023 at 5:24 pm

Jbl1a you are correct, as is Representative Joe White. Maybe his name triggered them. Many colleges have made it official policy that is not allright to be white.

I wish Kershaw County had a Representative with the integrity to stand up to the noted snobs. We did, until the last election. He was replaced by a lawyer legislator who will go along to get along as he enjoys being Mr Popularity, which is what got him elected to begin with.

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jbl1a March 29, 2023 at 7:29 am

But you still have Penry as senator, LOL.

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Makes no sense March 28, 2023 at 5:57 pm

So if the elected majority wants X and the minority wants Y, we are not “of the people” or “for the people” if X passes? Wouldn’t the greater threat to democracy be subjecting the will of the majority to the preferences of the minority?

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John March 29, 2023 at 9:17 am

That is the only policy Republicans have anymore.

Rule by minority at any cost to the Country and Democracy.

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KC Resident March 29, 2023 at 8:25 am

Didja have to remind me of that?

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Ben Barnes Top fan March 29, 2023 at 3:53 pm

Joe, I respect and admire you. We’ve been friends for nearly 40 years. We may not politically aligned on everything, but we need more people of character, conscience and principle. Thank you for standing up for freedom, thank you for standing up for what you believe in. The Republican elites have become comfortable taking advantage of the people of SC, it’s time that someone told the emperor that he is wearing no clothes.

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MaryContrary Top fan March 30, 2023 at 1:21 am

Thank you for standing for what you believe!

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Freeme Top fan March 31, 2023 at 12:22 am

I bet this self-righteous, indignant politician is exactly one of the guys that say they are Christian before every sentence. But, problem is, their actions prove much differently. Dude seems like another damn jihadist. He might even have little man syndrome. I’m sick of these jihadist like taliban leaders in the far right corner of the extreme. I bet his stupid ass last til the next election. Lol

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