Mark Figley: Tim Scott knows that Democrats have zero credibility

By Mark Figley - Guest Columnist

Following Senator Tim Scott’s official Republican response to Joe Biden’s recent “state of disunion speech, “ Twitter saw fit to allow the racial slur “Uncle Tim” to trend for eleven hours before finally taking it down. This is how the Democrat left demeans a black conservative who dares to challenge its unquestionable liberal orthodoxy.

Scott’s transgression was to contradict Joe Biden by boldly proclaiming that “America is not a racist country.” Born in North Charleston, South Carolina, he is quite familiar with the concept of racism and backed it up with his remarks, proclaiming that his 94-year-old grandfather died having witnessed his family go from “cotton to Congress” and would pretend he could read the morning newspaper just to inspire the young Scott.

The senator’s treatment is not only evidence that political racism is alive and well in America, but proof that nothing scares white, progressive Democrats more than black conservatives who refute their disingenuous, deceptive drivel. And this fact is resonating with formerly black Democrat voters who are exercising their new-found knowledge at the polls.

Donald Trump challenged black voters to consider voting Republican since what did they have to lose? Many took him up on it in the 2016 election. After garnering nearly 10% of black voters, Trump gained even more of their support in 2020 after leading the way on prison reform and helping to reduce black unemployment to historic levels.

Meanwhile, Democrats offer the same old hand-outs and government dependency; eschewing any desire to promote even limited self-sufficiency. Throw in the constant drum-beat of racism and cries that all police are bad, and it’s enough to convince many that it must be true.

Yet Tim Scott knows that the true racial history of the modern Democrat Party is a far cry from what its proponents would have you believe. And ironically, this legacy has been flung upon the backs of the Republican Party and the nation out of sheer expediency for much too long.

Among the revelations:

• July 6,1854, Republicans held the first anti-slavery state convention in Jackson, Michigan;

• June 15,1864 ,Republican Congress enac4cted equal pay for black troops in U.S. Army;

• June 28,1864, Republican Congress repealed the Fugitive Slave Act;

• Jan. 31, 1865, 38th Congress passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery while same amendment passed in the U.S. Senate on April 8,1865 (both with unanimous Republican support and intense Democrat opposition);

• December 6,1865 13th Amendment banning slavery was ratified;

• December 9, 1872 Republican Pinckney Pinchback, was nominated in Louisiana as America’s first black governor;

• September 9, 1957 President Eisenhower signed the first Civil Rights Act;

• and June 10, 1964 Republican Everett Dirksen led the defeat of a Democrat filibuster as the U.S. Senate passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

What has the Democrat Party added to this list? In 1865, it launched the Ku Klux Klan as its enforcement arm. Then President Andrew Johnson vetoed the 1866 Civil Rights Act to deny blacks citizenship; which was overridden by Republicans into law. Democrats also unanimously opposed due process and equal protection for all citizens despite overwhelming Republican support. Lastly, a Democrat mob massacred nearly 300 blacks in Louisiana on Sept. 28, 1868, after they sought to protect a Republican newspaper editor.

Talk about voter suppression and political violence; these guys invented the concepts. In truth, it is the GOP which deserves credit for supporting civil rights and voting enfranchisement throughout history; not the likes of Democrats like Theophilus “Bull” Connor or George Wallace who perfected the art of intimidation from their ancestral party brethren.

This is the real history of racism in the United States. Tim Scott knows that Democrats have zero credibility when it comes to the subject. And the time is long overdue for the rest of us to reject their false and dangerous narrative if we want America to survive.

By Mark Figley

Guest Columnist

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a

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