Senator Tim Scott at RNC Convention: “our family went from cotton to Congress in one generation”

Republican Senator Tim Scott (South Carolina)
Republican Senator Tim Scott (South Carolina)

A few weeks ago, I did a podcast on Tim Stratton’s show where I explained some of the reasons why America has been a good place for me as a non-white conservative. I also explained some of the decisions I made in order to succeed. Democrats don’t emphasize the goodness of America, or the importance of making good decisions in order to succeed. But Republicans do.

Just The News reports on the speech by Senator Tim Scott, a black Republican from the state of South Carolina:

“Our side is working on policy, while Joe Biden’s radical Democrats are trying to permanently transform what it means to be an American,” Scott said. “If we let them, they will turn our country into a socialist utopia, and history taught us that path only leads to pain and misery,” said Scott, “We must focus on the promise of the American journey.”

“We don’t give into cancel-culture, or the radical – and factually baseless – belief that things are worse today than in the 1860s or the 1960s,” he continued.

Scott spoke about how an early mentor in his life taught him valuable lessons about how, with hard work, he could improve not just his own standing in the world, but his community’s.

“He planted the seeds of what would become Opportunity Zones,” he said.

He called the American education system “magic,” for the opportunities it presents to all children, and reaffirmed his and the president’s support for school choice, “to make sure every child, in every neighborhood has a quality education.”

He spoke about how being the owner of a successful small business taught him to value a tax code that encourages growth. And he spoke about winning his first congressional primary against the son of Strom Thurmond, famed senator of South Carolina and notorious segregationist.

“Because of the evolution of the heart, in an overwhelmingly white district, the voters judged me on the content of my character, not the color of my skin,” Scott said.

[…]Throughout his speech, Scott stressed the progress that America has made and will continue to make. He said that despite living in “a world that only wants to you believe in the bad news, the truth is, our nation’s arc always bends back towards fairness.”

The senator closed by reaffirming his belief in the hope that America represents for its citizens, and represented for him personally.

“Our family went from Cotton to Congress in one lifetime. And that’s why I believe the next American century can be better than the last,” Scott said.

The full speech is here:

There were some other interesting events during the first night of the GOP Convention.

The Federalist reported on one speech that was considered very moving, and might have been the best speech of the night:

Maximo Alvarez, a successful American businessman who fled the communist regime of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, offered a powerful testimony Monday in support of President Donald Trump. Alvarez warned Americans of the alternative presented by the Democrats nomination of the most progressive ticket in recent memory.

“I’m speaking to you today because I’ve seen people like this before,” Alvarez told the convention. “I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before and I’m here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country.”

Throughout the seven-minute speech delivered on the first night of the Republican National Convention, Alvarez shared his family’s story fleeing the oppressive regime just 100 miles off Florida’s coast.

“I’ve heard the promises of Fidel Castro, and I cannot forget those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who suffered, and starved, and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill,” he said.

“By the grace of God, I lived the American dream, the greatest blessing I ever had,” said Alvarez, who now serves as the president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors. “My dad, who only had a 6th grade education told me, ‘Don’t leave this place. You will never be as lucky as me … There is no place to hide.’”

The video is here:

I hope that as the election nears, that you have a plan to do something to encourage people to vote Republican. We can’t afford to lose this election because we didn’t think it was our job to do something. At the very least, you should be sharing articles by e-mail and on social media. But it’s a good idea to contact your local GOP office and find out what you can do to help. Lawn signs, bumper stickers, donations, etc. are all positive steps to winning the election. If we stand by now, and the Democrats win, things will get a lot worse for us.

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