by Clifford F. Thies I'm sorry to report this, but it looks as though we won't have any black Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives next year. The outspoken Congressman from Florida, Allen West, was defeated in his bid for re-election in November. And, now, the soft-spoken Congressman from South Carolina, Tim Scott WILL BE APPOINTED TO THE U.S. SENATE! In saying she will tap Scott to temporarily fill the seat being vacated by Senator Jim DeMint, Governor Nikki Haley said she expected him to "fly through 2014," referring to the election to permanently fill the seat. Senator DeMint, who will be taking over at Heritage Foundation, called his replacement a "great choice." So we move on. John Allison replacing Ed Crane at Cato. Jim DeMint replacing Ed Feulner at Heritage. And, Congressman Scott taking Senator DeMint's place. While, from time to time, our line has thinned out, but new leadership has always been there to replace the old. The Torch of Liberty passes from one to another generation. We are the Immortals!