Republican Jim DeMint ran for the U.S. Senate here in South Carolina on a two-prong platform.

This is the buckle of the Bible Belt, and he assured South Carolinians he is anti-gay.

In a debate between the former U.S. representative and his opponent Inez Tenenbaum, then state school superintendent (South Carolina ETV, 3 October 2004), DeMint stated:

“If a person is a practicing homosexual, they should not be teaching in our schools.”

He later apologized for the remark.

Send him to the Senate, he promised, and he would do away with the IRS and the federal income tax by establishing a 23 percent national sales tax on all goods and services.

And, the poor be damned.

That’s it. That was DeMint’s two-prong vision for a better America. And, it got him elected.

Now, DeMint has a new vision for America, telling a group of conservatives last week that if Republicans can stall until lawmakers go on vacation in August, they can stop health care reform and stop Obama.

"If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” DeMint said of our president.

On Monday, speaking at a Washington, D.C., children’s hospital, President Obama replied:

"This isn't about me. This isn't about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses and breaking America's economy.”

In taking the measure of the man. how does Jim DeMint stack up against President Obama, whose policies he seeks to derail?

I recall the 17 October 2004 appearance of candidates DeMint and Tenenbaum on “Meet the Press” with the late Tim Russert.

Everything you need to know about DeMint’s character can be found in the transcript of that interview. Read it. It’s a classic.


Andrew said...

As someone who was once involved with the Green Party of Louisiana, I have since snapped out of my socialistic ways and embraced conservative/libertarian views.

That is why I like Jim DeMint. I remember that debate on Meet the Press and he caught my attention even then. He comes across as a strong conservative, although SC Republicans (having lived in SC during the Beasley years) are an odd assortment. I wish DeMint well.

Frodo, hopin' for a Palin-DeMint Ticket said...

DeMint is proof that Plato was correct. Some, he felt, were not capable of self-government.

Falzone for America said...

conservative/libertarian views?

There must not be a more cold, callous, heartless ideology in the world outside of the 3rd Reich.

There surely is not a more opportunistic partisan in America than DeMint.

Papamoka said...

Demint is a Denutjob! Preach or campaign to the lowest "thinking" group and tell them who is to blame.

Two years ago, I was talking with the owner of a wire company and he couldn't believe the legal robbery of the health insurance plans. Every year he would search out better pricing and every year the costs went up and the health insurance provider for the employees changed. That particular year the cost went from $400,000 to $650,000 and of course the benefits and available coverage down.

Ranch Chimp said...

If a person is a practicing homo,they shouldnt be teaching in our school's? Heh,heh,heh(LOL) I wonder what he thinks about all the hetero pedophiles that hold teaching positions in our school's? Just as most straight folk's arent pedophiles...most homo's arent either. No...I am not a homo either. :)

All I got to say is...let's just be happy and gay..... :)

Infidel753 said...

Republican Jim DeMint ran for the U.S. Senate here in South Carolina on a two-prong platform.

These days, hearing about a Republican being on something that has two prongs, my first thought is to wonder what new kind of kink they've come up with.

If a person is a practicing homosexual, they should not be teaching in our schools.”

What about the ones who aren't practicing any more because they've finally gotten it right?