U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, is the epitome of political ethics. In my regular communication with his office, I receive not a form letter, but a return communiquè that addresses my concerns on a personal level.
He presents thoughtful, clear, articulate responses that include fact-based reasons for his votes. He shows concern for his constituents and respect for their opinions. He represents them, not as a race or political party, but as a fellow American concerned for the health and welfare of the nation. He is a man who experienced personal hardship and failure, but overcame them through the support of a mother who believed in his capabilities and taught him the importance of being truthful, as well as how to reach for the attainment of his goals.
As a person who was involved with the Martin Luther King Jr. movement, I would like to apologize for Scott's exclusion from the half-century celebration of King's "I have a dream" speech. Regardless of Tim's political affiliation, King would have been proud of him for reaching his dream as a black American.
Thank you, Tim, for the honor you bestow on the Senate. Stay the course.