In the Democratic primary for SC Governor, the choice is pretty simple.
Word has it that Jim Rex, the current state superintendent of education, will be on the general election ballot even if he loses the Democratic primary, because he will also run on the Working Families Party ticket. Hmmm….WFP. Now where have we heard about “Working Families” before? Oh, yeah. That’s the ACORN official political wing. Yeah, that WFP, the group that was organizing bus trips of crazy, screaming people to go to the homes of AIG and bank personnel to terrorize them last year.
That’s all we need is ACORN as our governor. Thank goodness he’s giving up his job as education chief. Good grief. No wonder our schools are messed up.
Then there’s Vincent Sheheen, the 39-year-old lawyer and nine-year State House member who comes from a long-time SC political family. He portrays himself as a moderate and able to work across the aisle. His website information is constructed so as to offend no one. In fact, it’s so generic, much of it could be found on a Republican website. Everyone wants “build a better South Carolina.” But as we learned in the age of Obama, your definition of “better” may be the opposite of my “better.” We need the nitty-gritty details to evaluate to figure out just where you want to take us and whether we want to go along with most of it. If he was trying to present himself as bland, boring and safe, he succeeded.
The problem is that we are in a crisis in America and in South Carolina. Government has gone out of control, and we don’t need to elect someone whose main priority is to agree with the status quo just get along, who is afraid to ruffle any feathers to get things done.
That’s where Robert Ford, renowned civil rights activist and long-time councilman and state representative, comes in. For quite some time, we’ve generally liked the guy because he’s willing to go against the grain. He doesn’t feel compelled to always be parroting the party line. We wildly disagree with him on myriad issues, but his top two campaign issues take a libertarian approach to government: advocating for school vouchers and bringing back video poker to South Carolina (and casinos to Myrtle Beach).
With school vouchers, he’s fighting his own party and the misled black community. Yet, vouchers as well as his proposal to bring geography and civics back into the curriculum are two huge steps in the right direction for taking back our schools.
The reintroduction of legalized gambling in South Carolina, especially in forms that cater to tourists, would not only increase tourism and create new thousands of new jobs, but it would also add more than a billion in new tax revenues each year.
Many of the gubernatorial candidates talk about ways to reduce taxes. Not as many talk about slashing spending and reducing the size of government. Therefore, South Carolina must find ways to create other reliable streams of revenue. The so-called hazards of video poker have been shown to be drastically overstated with overblown hysterics. (We recommend viewing a recent episode of the John Stossel show on gambling for a well-rounded exploration of the topic.)
Regardless of whether Ford could convince the state legislature to bring back gambling, or enact a private school tax credit, or begin offshore drilling (another non-party item he supports), the key to our endorsement is that he doesn’t have a knee-jerk reaction to conservative or libertarian ideas. He’s even willing suffer abuse to support them.
For these reasons, the Charleston Reader endorses Robert Ford in the Democratic primary for South Carolina Governor.