Saturday, July 16, 2016

Unity Rally Speech

My heart has been heavy over the past few weeks as we have seen what many would call racial unrest across our country. Terrible events in Texas, Minnesota, and Louisiana have polarized our nation. There are strong feelings, and emotions are high. While we can’t do much about what is happening in other states, we can come together right here in our county.

I keep hearing words like race, racial, and racism, but I don’t like that word race. Until the 1850s the word race only referred to nationalities, like the English race, or the Spanish race. It had nothing to do with skin color. It wasn’t until Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species that the word took on a new meaning. He grouped people together by skin color, and his theory was that different races evolved over time, with some groups more evolved than others. This was the beginning of racism.

Scientifically, there is only one race—the human race. We are all homo sapiens. Scientists have now mapped out the human genome, and there is almost no difference between any two humans. In fact, the genetic difference between any two people is only .2%, and that is mostly attributed to different levels of melanin located in our skin. The only difference between us is that some are a little lighter and others a little darker, all in accordance with how God made us.

In other words, red and yellow, black and white, we’re all precious in God’s sight.

I believe the blood of Jesus that flowed down from the cross was color blind, and “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Now the Bible teaches that the greatest command is to love—to love God with all your heart, and to love everyone else the way you love yourself.

In John’s vision of the end times, he saw people gathered around the throne from every kindred and nation and tribe and tongue—people from all walks of life. If we’re going to get along up there, we should be able to get along down here. But if we can’t get along down here, I’m not convinced we will even make it up there. Loving others is now the test to see if we really love God.

So life can’t be me versus you, or us versus them. Let us focus on what unites not, not what divides us. Let us focus not on what is different, but on what we have in common. We are one. We are all Americans. We are all South Carolinians. We are all part of the human race. We are all created equal in the image of God. We are one.  So let us love.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why I Support the Balanced Budget Amendment

The Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution initiative is a movement to add this all-important amendment to the Constitution. It can be done, and it is very necessary, especially here in South Carolina.

For starters, 34 states are needed to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution in order to use a limited Article V Convention of States method to give the people power to make this work. 28 states have already passed the BBAR, leaving only 6 states needed. South Carolina is very capable of being among the next to pass the Resolution. If elected in November I will work to make sure that happens.

Why do we need the BBAR? Our federal debt is out of control. Whenever I’m asked what the biggest need for our country, state, or district, I always mention fixing the debt. National security is vital, but we can’t combat the enemy or secure our borders if we cannot afford to. The same can be said of any other need. We have to get our debt under control.

We are currently $19.3 trillion in debt; that amounts to $161,000 per taxpayer, and the debt is only growing. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, Congress will continue to borrow another trillion and a half dollars a year.

Can you run your house like that? Can you run your business like that? You and I don’t get to spend money we don’t have—especially not other people’s money. Our states don’t even get to do that. Only the United States Congress can be more than a trillion dollars in the red each year.

With a balanced budget amendment, we can stop borrowing money and begin to pay off our debt.  

Congress could work on a balanced budget amendment if they wanted to, but they clearly have no desire. That’s why the states must act and give the power back to the people. I have signed the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force pledge to help make South Carolina the next state to move us closer to using Article V.

With your support and vote in November we can make this happen. We can tell Congress to only spend what they take in, to eliminate the unconscionable waste, and to stop passing debt on to our children and grandchildren.