[The above photo is of me and Tim Scott.]
[The above picture is of me and two of Tim Scott’s aides (Brandon Rowland on the left in the white shirt and Dan Asdot on the right in the blue shirt).]
As many of you are aware, Tim Scott has been campaigning hard for many months to become the US congressman to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Mr. Scott has recently endured a grueling primary battle in order to win the Republican nomination; however, there is a lot more to this man than just politics.
Mr. Scott has a very inspirational life story and has had to overcome a lot of hurdles in his life. He grew up in the projects of North Charleston and was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to keep him and his brother off of welfare. Scott was failing out of high school until he found a mentor by the name of John Moniz (a local Chick-fil-A owner who told Tim that, “You can think your way out of poverty”). He then went on to become a successful businessman, a thirteen year member of the Charleston County Council, and a member of the SC State Legislature–all before finally running for congress in 2010.
The victory party began by Tim Scott giving a rousing speech (that I have embedded above). However, here are the high points of Mr. Scott’s speech in case you don’t have the time to listen to the whole thing.
Scott was introduced by his campaign manager, Joe McKeown, who explained that, “Tim is still the guy who calls his mama twice a day and takes his grandfather out to lunch every Sunday”.
He began his speech by excitedly telling the audience that, “It’s no longer half time” (and that June 22’nd was half time).
Scott then quoted Ephesians 3: 20-21:
“That God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask and even imagine.”
Scott further stated the following:
“If we remember that all things are possible and that American exceptionalism is alive and well, then we MUST go to work.”
He, then, quoted Jack Kemp (who he calls “a bleeding heart conservative”) who said that:
“It had to be done, but it wasn’t the government’s responsibility to do it–it was our responsibility.”
Next, Scott brought his mother, Frances Scott, on stage and hailed her as “a super hero who is responsible for the American dream that I am living today.” He went on to state that America needs the kind of tough love that his mother gave him.
Specifically, Scott stated the following:
“We must win back this country FOR the American people–not FROM the Democrats or the Republicans.”
Then, Mr. Scott laid out his formula for American greatness–
1.) Limit the role of the federal government.
2.) Lower taxes and encourage job creation. (“If the federal government could create jobs, then communism would have worked.”)
3.) Lastly, Scott got the audience to repeat loudly three times, “If you don’t have it, don’t spend it!!”
And finally, Mr. Scott wrapped up his stem-winder with the following remark:
“I’m amazed by the fact that the Good Lord allowed me to be born in America.”
However, Tim Scott’s uplifting speech was just the beginning of the party–there was way more fun to come. Below are some of the snapshots that were taken throughout the evening.
Above is a photo of Andrew Boucher (a Republican consultant working for the Scott campaign) and me.
Above is a picture of me and Lizzy Simmons–who is one of Tim Scott’s aides.
Above is a picture of my husband and me.
Above is another picture of me and Tim Scott. (Funny anecdote here. When I initially went up to Mr. Scott to congratulate him right before this picture was taken, I specifically said, “Congratulations Tim!”–then I caught myself and sheepishly said, “Oh, I meant Congressman Scott”. However, he patted me on the shoulder and replied, “No, it’s Tim.”)
Above is a photo of my husband, Tim Scott and me.
Above is a picture of Tim Scott’s cake.
And, above is a photo of me stuffing my face with cake.
Above is another snapshot of me and Brandon Rowland.
Above is a picture of me and Jay Henderson–who is one of Tim Scott’s aides.
And finally, above is a photo of me waiting for my husband to bring the car around. It was at this point at the end of the evening that I had the chance to ask Tim what he thought the take home message was from the recent midterm elections. He responded that he thought that, “The American people had sent a clear message, and that it was our job (Congress’) to follow their directions”.
So, in conclusion, I think that Tim Scott will be a great representative for the state of South Carolina. Why? Because for Mr. Scott it’s not all about him. He’s “in this” to serve the good people of SC and because he truly believes in American exceptionalism–not for his own personal glory. Tim Scott has truly earned the title of “Congressman”. (Barbara “call me Senator” Boxer could really learn a thing or two about humility from Congressman Scott.) Mr. Scott has overcome unbelievable obstacles to become the congressman to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. I am very proud to call him “Congressman Scott”. Tuesday night, Tim Scott had a lot to celebrate–nay–we all had a lot to celebrate.
Wealth is not Created at the Top: It is Only Devoured There
The UK has left the EU and we can argue about the minutiae of Wealth until we’re blue in the face. But the overriding factors are apparent and in one of the richest countries in the world it is shocking that so many people can’t even be sure if they are going to be able to eat enough today or provide for their loved ones.
These days, politicians from the left to the right assume that most wealth is created at the top. By the visionaries, by the job creators, and by the people who have “made it”. By the go-getters oozing talent and entrepreneurial-ism that are helping to advance the whole world – Opinion by Rutger Bregman
… across the spectrum virtually all agree that wealth is created primarily at the top and so entrenched is this assumption that it’s even embedded in our language. When economists talk about “productivity”, what they really mean is the size of your paycheck. And when we use terms like “welfare state”, “redistribution” and “solidarity”, we’re implicitly subscribing to the view that there are two strata: the makers and the takers, the producers and the couch potatoes, the hardworking citizens – and everybody else.
Bankers, pharmaceutical giants, Google, Facebook … a new breed of rentiers are at the very top of the pyramid and they’re sucking the rest of us dry
In reality, it is precisely the other way around. In reality, it is the waste collectors, the nurses, and the cleaners whose shoulders are supporting the apex of the pyramid. They are the true mechanism of social solidarity. Meanwhile, a growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue.
To understand why, we need to recognise that there are two ways of making money. The first is what most of us do: work. That means tapping into our knowledge and know-how (our “human capital” in economic terms) to create something new, whether that’s a takeout app, a wedding cake, a stylish updo, or a perfectly poured pint. To work is to create. Ergo, to work is to create new wealth.
But there is also a second way to make money. That’s the rentier way: by leveraging control over something that already exists, such as land, knowledge, or money, to increase your wealth. You produce nothing, yet profit nonetheless. By definition, the rentier makes his living at others’ expense, using his power to claim economic benefit.
But here comes the rub. Most rentiers are not as easily identified as the greedy banker or manager. Many are disguised. On the face of it, they look like industrious folks, because for part of the time they really are doing something worthwhile. Precisely that makes us overlook their massive rent-seeking…
The problems we face are that the politicians are firmly in the hands (pockets) of the uber wealthy. We live in a corporate plutocracy and those holding all the wealth and therefore power have no intention of changing the status quo, even if it isn’t sustainable. They remind me of bacteria (or cancer) devouring the host body more and more even though eventually it will kill them too.
Donald Trump Forgets Important Lesson From Grandad:
Harper’s Magazine reprints an interesting letter from US President Donald J. Trump’s own grandfather that may get you thinking. Here is it then:
The Emigrants – By Friedrich Trump – From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier.
Prince Luitpold rejected Trump’s request for repatriation; the family later settled in New York. Translated from the German by Austen Hinkley.
Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!
I was born in Kallstadt on March 14, 1869. My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good — to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.
After my confirmation, in 1882, I apprenticed to become a barber. I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. God’s blessing was with me, and I became rich. I obtained American citizenship in 1892. In 1902 I met my current wife. Sadly, she could not tolerate the climate in New York, and I went with my dear family back to Kallstadt.
The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.
But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.
Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.
In this urgent situation I have no other recourse than to turn to our adored, noble, wise, and just sovereign lord, our exalted ruler His Royal Highness, highest of all, who has already dried so many tears, who has ruled so beneficially and justly and wisely and softly and is warmly and deeply loved, with the most humble request that the highest of all will himself in mercy deign to allow the applicant to stay in the most gracious Kingdom of Bavaria.
Your most humble and obedient,
… Well then. Long ago, yes.. Still applies? You tell me.
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