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January 22, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) called the remarks of a state NAACP leader who called him a “ventriloquist dummy” for the right “pretty remarkable, and absolutely ridiculous.”

“We must not give up the so-called high moral ground to the right-wing extremists,” the Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, said Sunday. He singled out Scott in the speech at Zion Baptist Church in downtown Columbia. “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said. He said “the extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”

“I certainly understand why people would have some kind of opinion that suggests that we’re not as strong on the right. But here’s what happens when you almost flunk out of high school. You meet a mentor who teaches that you can think your way out of poverty. That in fact, the best and brightest opportunities aren’t found by looking for the government to bring it to you, but it’s found by looking in the mirror and blaming yourself if you don’t succeed. If you’ve been given the God-given talents and skills to work — and if you do so, this country rewards you with amazing opportunity, outstanding success, and what we should be preaching all over the country,” Scott said on Fox News.

“…It’s actually having a conversation where we embrace people who are in need and in trouble. And we show people, as I was shown, the path forward using basic common sense principles that govern the actual economy. And that’s where you create a job, you make more money, make a profit, you can use that profit to create wealth, these are basic simple principles that are taught every single day in the workforce.”

Scott said he didn’t expect an apology, and the NAACP doubled down instead of issuing any apology.

“Dr. King emphasized love and justice rather than extremism. Unless we stand for justice we cannot claim allegiance to or pay homage to Dr. King,” the NAACP said in a statement to Fox News. “In a state such as South Carolina, politicians, whether they be black or white, should not be echoing the position of the far right.”

Scott announced today that he’ll be hosting an event to celebrate Black History Month titled Honoring our Past and Celebrating our Future: Discussing Personal Journeys and a Nation’s Progress with America’s Black Senators, a discussion moderated by Senate Chaplain Barry Black.

Former Sens. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), Roland Burris (D-Ill.), and William “Mo” Cowan (D-Mass.) will be joining Scott for the event at the Library of Congress a month from now.

President Obama, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and former Sen. Edward Brooke (R-Mass.), now 94 years old, have been invited.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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wow, wanting to strive to achieve and accomplish on your own terms, instead of wanting a nanny state, now which is more extreme.

But then it was black leaders that told us that if a white man was in the oval office, they would be marching on the White House to demand better policies for the unemployed black community.

So these black leaders would sooner sacrifice a generation of blacks to economic poverty, so that they can say they had a half white, unvetted, unpatriotic, irresponsible, chicago thug failure in office.

And they are calling conservatives extreme. Made me laugh.
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"That in fact, the best and brightest opportunities aren't found by looking for the government to bring it to you, but it’s found by looking in the mirror and blaming yourself if you don’t succeed. If you've been given the God-given talents and skills to work - and if you do so, this country rewards you with amazing opportunity, outstanding success, and what we should be preaching all over the country," Scott said on Fox News.

A statement that the Marxist Left and their lackeys hate hearing!
36 weeks ago
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So much wrong with Barber and the NAACP, so much right with Senator Scott. Since the Tea Party is entirely moderate, especially on social issues, espousing the Tea Party positions is "far right" only to someone who is managing to find the ground left of Obama.
Dr. King spoke of black people having opportunity. So does the Senator. How is the message of self-reliance less loving than the message of servile dependence, exactly?
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Why is it that almost every liberal Democrat has to resort to name calling or character assassination when they argue their point? Is it proof that they haven't a leg to stand on?
35 weeks ago
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The problem with NAACP and Democratic Socialists of America is as follows, and encapsulated in Chuckie "Chuck" Schumers new strategy he announced the other day.
How many new millionaires are there in Congress? And how many of these newly minted, "holier than thou" millionaires are in the Democratic Socialist of America Party? YEP! You guessed it! Chuckie "Chuck" Schumer has just to look around in "his own back yard" for evidence who started this race for donor, donations, crony capitalism and "sweet-heart" deals thru favorable legislation for Presidential Elections (read: Obama, Rohm Emmanuel, John Podesta and Roberto Unger in 2006/07). See, there's one major difference from whence: 1) funding for the Tea Party comes from and 2) from whence funding for DSA (Democratic Socialists of America - DSA) comes from. In the first instance: funding for Tea Party namely Tea Partiers, derive their funds from individuals OWN PERSONAL ESTATES, INVESTMENTS, SALARIES AND SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Mind you, we're talking about Tea Party and NOT GOP!!! In the second case: DSA receives all their funds from one single source ALL, EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. Now, Mr. Schumer, do you see the MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CAPITALIST(Tea Party) AND A COMMUNIST(Democratic Socialist of America)? That's what love of America is - a true, blue Tea Partier. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Join a Tea Party, urgently.
35 weeks ago
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Barber's comment was projection.

The NAACP has been taken over by real ventriloquist dummies, only capable of repeating and regurgitating racist bromides. They seem to hold particular animus for any black person who doesn't walk the tired old walk.

NAACP head honcho (former ?) Ben Jealous a case in point, a real dummy who had zero zip nada personal understanding and only capable of spewing boring clichés.
35 weeks ago
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Tim Scott is the real deal, and has been the same man since he entered local politics in Charleston.

Snide remarks from so-called "reverends" notwithstanding, Scott has risen quickly because he is smart, honest, and a decent, God-fearing man. You will never hear him say the sort of things about an opponent as these low-life parasites say about him.
36 weeks ago
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The bizarre other side of identity addiction. Why are we surprised a free-thinking pragmatic rationalist is considered broken?
36 weeks ago
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Rev.?? Tax-free bullying pulpit being used for political speech.
36 weeks ago
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wow, wanting to strive to achieve and accomplish on your own terms, instead of wanting a nanny state, now which is more extreme.

But then it was black leaders that told us that if a white man was in the oval office, they would be marching on the White House to demand better policies for the unemployed black community.

So these black leaders would sooner sacrifice a generation of blacks to economic poverty, so that they can say they had a half white, unvetted, unpatriotic, irresponsible, chicago thug failure in office.

And they are calling conservatives extreme. Made me laugh.
36 weeks ago
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"That in fact, the best and brightest opportunities aren't found by looking for the government to bring it to you, but it’s found by looking in the mirror and blaming yourself if you don’t succeed. If you've been given the God-given talents and skills to work - and if you do so, this country rewards you with amazing opportunity, outstanding success, and what we should be preaching all over the country," Scott said on Fox News.

A statement that the Marxist Left and their lackeys hate hearing!
36 weeks ago
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So much wrong with Barber and the NAACP, so much right with Senator Scott. Since the Tea Party is entirely moderate, especially on social issues, espousing the Tea Party positions is "far right" only to someone who is managing to find the ground left of Obama.
Dr. King spoke of black people having opportunity. So does the Senator. How is the message of self-reliance less loving than the message of servile dependence, exactly?
36 weeks ago
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Haters gotta hate. Funny how they're all on the left now.
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