Republican Senator Tim Scott returned to his Charleston roots to address students, faculty and members of the community on Feb. 19 in Randolph Hall.
Scott, a native of North Charleston, was raised by a single mother and graduated from Charleston Southern with a B.S. in Political Science. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 and served as the Chair of the Freshman Caucus. In January, he was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to assume Senator Jim DeMint’s vacated seat, making him the first African American from the south to serve in the Senate since the 1800s.
Scott, a self-described “eternal optimist,” believes “America’s future is amazingly bright.” He insists, “We are still the world’s superpower and I think we will be for a long time to come.” He attributes this status to three major American successes in the fields of technology, science and military.
According to Scott, “America stands at a place where no other country stands. We are leading a technological revolution,” a powerful position for a nation that accounts for a mere 5 percent of the world’s population.
On the scientific front, he believes that America is spearheading scientific research for cures for diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to various types of cancer. Scott esteems the American military as “the marvel of the world,” noting that many major global conflicts have been terminated with military interference.
Although an “eternal optimist,” Scott claims he is not “a blind optimist,” acknowledging that as a country, “We simply are not on a sustainable path financially.
America has “the world’s greatest reserves in energy,” a statistic that Scott deems as an opportunity. Developing the scientific and technological aspects of this field could lower the corporate tax rate, allow for repatriation and potentially result in the creation of up to 3 million new jobs.
According to Scott, it can only get better from here.