Posted: May 3, 2021 in: Pain-2-Power, Person of the Week


Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is this week’s Pain-2-Power Person of the Week.  Why?  Because in the midst of our infighting as Americans—one race intolerant of another, one gender intolerant of another, one political party intolerant of another—Mr. Scott reminds us that out of all that pain a single individual can express powerful ideas that could unite the nation, once again.  A single individual.

Have you lost hope in America’s future?  Have you witnessed riots in the streets, looting, attacks on decent leaders by those intent on destroying them?  Have you seen the weaponizing of elements of law enforcement against powerless people and powerful people, alike?  I will remind you:  Never lose hope.  We may have to endure pain, but it is always on the path to power.  Always.  God writes comeback stories.  Every time.  And more than once, that story has been the American story.

I was reminded of how one man can make a powerful difference while listening to Tim Scott’s speech to Congress last week.  It was his response to President Biden’s speech.  Here is some of what he said:

I have experienced the pain of discrimination. I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason. To be followed around a store while I’m shopping.  I’ve also experienced a different kind of intolerance. I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word by progressives, by liberals.

Those are true words.  Those are unifying words.  Those are words that ask more from everyone, without labeling anyone.

Scott went on to note that he had sponsored a police reform bill after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, but that the Democrats in Congress had killed the bill.  He said the Democrats “want the issue more than they wanted a solution.”

A little more on Tim Scott:  He grew up working-class poor with his mother working 16-hour days as a nursing assistant to make ends meet.  His brothers serve in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

One more thing:  When Tim Scott was serving on the Charleston County Council he felt the Council could do with a reminder that they needed to act with integrity.  So he got the Council to agree to post the Ten Commandments outside the Council chambers.  And he nailed a King James version of the Commandments to the wall.

Senator Tim Scott is one man.  But he has courage and ability.  And he doesn’t seem to hate anyone.  And you know what?  He’s not the only one out there, either.  And he reminds me that out of all this pain we are feeling as a nation that a powerful resurgence of American ideals and American exceptionalism can be the end result.

We Americans are far from done writing the story of this nation.  Its most powerful chapters are yet to come.  That’s good for this country, and it’s good for the world.  Tim Scott is a hero for reminding us our greatest days are ahead of us—because of men and women like him who are at the ready to lead us back to our best selves.

Dr. Keith Ablow

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