Skin color shouldn't trump substance

I almost fell over laughing when I read that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is being criticized by members of the Legislative Black Caucus for -- get this -- lacking racial diversity in her Cabinet picks.

This is unbelievable! How much racial diversity does the Legislative Black Caucus exhibit? What kind of example do they set? Why do you think they call it the Legislative Black Caucus? This is a crystal-clear example of left-wing ideology. With liberals, it is always "do as I say," not "do as I do."

As elected representatives of the people of South Carolina, these people are a disgrace.

If they were doing the job they were elected to do, the members of South Carolina's Legislative Black Caucus would be examining and commenting on the governor's appointees for their competence and the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

But therein lies the rub. These people may have won elections, but they do not represent the common interests of the people of South Carolina -- any more so than do the members of the Congressional Black Caucus represent the broader interests of the people of the United States. They don't even represent the best interests of the black community.

One could certainly say the very same thing about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. These organizations actively work against the common good of those for whom they claim to speak.

But they're all good Democrats. Why should we expect them to be any different?

Tony Howard

Augusta

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