Race-baiting progressives’ worst nightmare.
The hard left is scared (it rhymes with) witless of Tim Scott.
Because he is a black conservative. Because he is a Republican United States senator from the birthplace of the Confederacy. Because he is an empathetic speaker. Because the arc of his life gives the lie to the hard left narrative of racial victimhood. Because he is the antidote to the progressive enterprise of cradle-to-grave government servitude. Because the man loves America as the land of opportunity and redemption.
“From cotton to Congress in one generation” is, indeed, Tim Scott’s life story.
“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination.” — U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC
Minority party responses to presidential addresses are little noted, nor long remembered — usually for good reason. But Sen. Scott’s Wednesday evening 04-28-21 may be the Democrats’ fire bell in the night. (O.K., there’s two cultural references in the same paragraph. Over-written? You decide.)
• “I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word — by ‘progressives’!” — U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.
• “The left exploded on social media and insulted him exactly as he said they do. This mild man never tries to own the libs, but he owns them the minute he walks in the room.” — Peggy Noonan.
• Having Joy Behar on The View lecture a black man from South Carolina on systemic racism is part of this. — Erick Erickson
• The hard left Nation magazine: “[Wednesday] night was Joe Biden’s moment. May there be many more.”
Perhaps not since Ronald Reagan and Tommy Thompson has a Republican better enunciated the optimistic message of initiative, personal responsibility, and opportunity. Not victimhood, collective guilt, and grievance.
Here is a black senator — unapologetically religious — who put up a police reform bill a year ago after the killing of Breonna Taylor only to have Democrats filibuster because they needed the issue, not the solution.
Rather than raise expectations
We contrast Sen. Scott with Ali Muldrow, newly elected as president of the Madison WI public school board. The young woman’s signature achievement to date (aside from defeating Blaska in the 2019 election) is to expel police from the schools because too many minority-race children were committing crime.
This is a school district whose arc bends not toward justice or even education but toward segregation. (“Madison schools: quit teaching racism.”) A school district that regularly denies innovative education proposals (just ask Kaleem Caire). A school district in which only 11% of black students can read at grade.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Did your media source bury Senator Scott’s address? Wonder why?