South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has made the decision to appoint a replacement for retiring U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. She has chosen Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC), a very conservative Republican. He's also happens to have dark skin, which would make him the only United States Senator who is black. So why would the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People oppose such a man? Precisely because he doesn't go along with "their agenda."
Hilary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy and policy at the NAACP, told The Daily Caller Monday afternoon that the group welcomed diversity in the Senate, but expects the new senator to work against the NAACP’s agenda.
“It is important that we have more integration in the U.S. Senate,” said Shelton in a phone interview. “It’s good to see that diversity.”
“Mr. Scott certainly comes from a modest background, experience, and so forth, and should be sensitive to those issues,” he said, referring to Scott’s impoverished single-parent upbringing in Charleston, SC.
“Unfortunately, his voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives raises major concerns,” Shelton said.
Shelton explained that the NAACP platform is crafted through an annual voting process which engages grassroots-level delegates who vote on the group’s national agenda. That agenda calls for an expansive role for federal government spending in black communities.
It seems that Shelton has a problem because Scott is a thoroughly conservative Republican. While claiming that his voting record "raises major concerns," he failed to cite exactly what those concerns were. I have a feeling they have something to do with things like a perfect voting record when it comes to pro-life issues. Perhaps it's his stand on the Second Amendment or maybe it has to do with the fact that he actually believes in the God of the Bible and marriage in the way that is defined in the Scriptures.
He did however, point to what she thought Scott would work towards and that was a vision of "small government." Oh boy! That is exactly what the opposition to liberals and the NAACP want!
Shelton said, “Small government usually means, as it’s being described these days, the elimination of the role of government and support for initiatives and programs that are crucial for the African-American community."
“When the discussions about small government were utilized by Ronald Reagan, he appointed Bill Bennett as the Secretary of Education. Bill Bennett had actually voted during his time in the House of Representatives to eliminate the Department of Education,” Shelton continued. “That’s not within the African-American community’s best interest.”
Not only that, but Shelton claims that Scott, by holding to the view of smaller government, would decrease the amount of federal assistance for housing, which he also claims would be a signal of abandoning civil rights regulations. Shelton added that Scott, “has demonstrated a record of opposition to civil rights protection and advancing those real issues of concern of the NAACP’s noted African-American community.”
Seriously? Why would a man with dark skin oppose civil rights? Wouldn't that be a conflict of interest? Of course it would. He opposes no such thing. The opposition is against government dependency. Federal assistance for housing and other government goodies are not part of civil rights. The civil rights movement was over the issue of being treated equally, not special.
By the way, Rep. Scott is a Tea Party guy. That's right, he's one of those men that the left, along with the NAACP, claim are not welcome in the Tea Party!
In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network in 2010, Rep. Scott said,
"Certainly I feel like I'm the tip of the arrow at times because certainly the national media wants to talk about the fact that I'm a black Republican and some people think of that as zany that a black person would be a conservative but to me what is zany is any person black, white, red, brown or yellow not being a conservative."
"Sometimes you think to yourself man what is this for because there have been attacks simply because I'm a black conservative. If you think of everything Martin Luther King Jr. stood for which is content not color and then to be trashed in different places because you're a conservative who happens to be black it just goes against the very concept that we are doing our very best to get to the day that the person is judged by the content of the character not the color of their skin."
"I've been to dozens of Tea Party rallies. I've given at least a half a dozen or more speeches. I have not yet to find the first racist comment or the first person who approaches me from a racist perspective. I will speak very clearly here. Racism is a part of a lot of things in our country. Good people are the predominant fact of our country. I simply don't get it. There are good people and bad people in all organizations fundamentally however, when you look at the basis of the Tea Party it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with an economic recovery. It has to do with limiting the role of our government in our lives. It has to do with free markets. How do you fight that? The only way you fight that is to create an emotional distraction called racism. It doesn't have to be real. It can be rhetoric but it gets the media focusing on something other than the truth of why the Tea Party is resonating so well with the average person."
And lest you think Scott was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he clears that up too. "It's painful at times when people shoot at you because they can or because they look for things that aren't real because you have a good story," said Scott. "The truth is the story is good today. Absolutely good story. It wasn't good living it. Let's just be real. The fact of the matter is when you're flunking out of High School its funny today because we made it right? I say "we” because me and the Lord. We made it. The fact is it wasn't fun in the 9th grade. I mean my parents were divorced and I felt a sense of abandonment. It wasn't fun growing up like that but God has been so faithful and merciful that Romans 8:28 actually works that when I discovered the truth of his word that it started bringing these pieces and jagged edges together and making smooth edges out of it and that all the things that I've gone through have now served me in a way that allows me to serve other people. That's a miracle!"
But the NAACP doesn't want to hear that. In fact, Shelton held out hope that Scott would "recognize that awesome responsibility (of working in the Senate) and that they would see "a change in how he votes and what he advocates for in a way more consistent with the NAACP."
The truth is the NAACP's agenda is anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-life, anti-marriage, anti-family anti-repsponibility, big government dependency and Rep. Scott will not adhere to their agenda. I think it's a good thing that one's character stands out the way Rep. Scott's does, that even those who normally use the issue of skin color are completely beside themselves over the only black man being in the U.S. Senate is a conservative Republican. After all, Democrats claim to be the party of minorities. So much for that hot air!
Watch the interview below with Rep. Tim Scott: