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Senator Jim DeMint On Why The GOP Needs To Become More Libertarian

Senator Jim DeMint On Why The GOP Needs To Become More Libertarian

Sen. Jim DeMint talks about the looming fiscal crisis and the future of the GOP.

Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch from the May 2012 issue

“A lot of the libertarian ideals that Ron Paul is talking about…should not be alien to any Republican,” Sen. Jim DeMint said during an interview at reason’s Washington, D.C., offices in late January. Encouraging words from a South Carolina Republican who has earned a reputation as one of his party’s strongest voices for fiscal conservatism during his six years in the House of Representatives and six years in the Senate.

Yet right after the 2010 midterm elections brought a wave of DeMint-backed Tea Party freshmen to Capitol Hill, the Palmetto State’s junior senator proclaimed that “you can’t be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative,” a comment that was widely viewed as a slap at libertarians. DeMint, a reliable defender of the PATRIOT Act and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is an avowed opponent of what he calls the “destructive forces of secularism.” He is a staunch pro-lifer, has favored a constitutional ban on flag burning, and is on the record saying that gays shouldn’t be allowed to teach in public schools.

But DeMint’s new book, Now or Never: Saving America From Economic Collapse (Center Street), is an urgent warning about fiscal, not social, issues. To write the foreword, DeMint picked Ron Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)—a man who bridges the gap between his father’s more ideologically libertarian stance and the mainstream GOP. Now or Never calls for a new coalition in favor of radical budget cuts—including reductions in military spending—aimed at avoiding irreversible economic decline.

After backing Mitt Romney in 2008, DeMint has declined to endorse a presidential candidate so far this political season. reason’s Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch interviewed him on the afternoon of the Florida primary. For a video version of the conversation, go to reason.tv.

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I remember in 2008

I remember in 2008 when, regarding Bob Barr, Ron Paul said "well he says the things I like to hear." To me that was code for "he talks the talk, but I don't trust him to walk the walk." I feel the same way about DeMint. He says the things we like to hear, but...

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

DeMint fell in love with Romney with endorsed

Romney. He always supported Romney because he criticized Romney's rivals, but only said good things about Romney that were false.


Really people? Jim Demint or anyone doesn't

have to give an endorsement.

I personally feel "offical endorsements" are a status quo gimmick. Its just a statement. Words with no actions most of time. Why not PROVE your endorsement by talking about the candidate, spreading that candidate's message, be on their robocalls. Hmmm...who did that?

Furthermore, if Jim were to outright endorse Paul when he previously endorsed Romney (2008) he'd appear to be a flipflopper. That's political suicide for a rookie Senator. He's being smart.

DeMint is a


Says one thing and does another. Or put another way; talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk...

Graham and DeMint; what a pair from SC. What were the voters thinking? Is there something in the water?

"The problem is not those in power, the problem is right between your ears." ~Larken Rose


I sent Jim Demint an e-mail

I sent Jim Demint an e-mail months ago asking him to support Dr Paul. I have not received an answer as of yet. Every other issue that I have addressed his office has been responded to promptly. Tom Davis (Dr Paul supporter) will most likely run against Linsey Graham and beat him in the next election. Hopefully his win will strengthen Demints backbone.

Screw that punk

Be conned if you want to.

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DeMint doesn't really

mean that. If he did, he wouldn't have endorsed Romney. Actions are louder than words.

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No disrespect

To the poster, but who cares wtf Jim DeMint says, when he does the opposite.

Jim DeMint= sellout

The End.

So, that must be why he endorsed Romney, right?

DeMint sways with the breeze.
He has no principles.
I have zero respect for DeMint, because he's proven that he's unworthy of any.

When Ron needed his endorsement for SC, DeMint was silent.
After it was over, he endorsed Romney.

Now he gets interviewed by Reason, and he talks "Libertarian".
But he doesn't walk the talk.
He's a snake.

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That was my first thought from seeing only the headline.


DeMint must get his definition of 'libertarianism' from the Glenn Beck dictionary. Though I don't think he's an enemy to the cause per se, he certainly folds like a cheap suit to establishment pressure, shown by his endorsement of Romney. I was also disheartened to see the freshman senator and congressman from Utah, both one time regulars on the Judge's Freedom Watch, Mike Lee and Jason Chaffetz both endorse Romney too. Of course, maybe they're just endorsing their religion on this one, as they are both Mormon as well. My Mormon mother is a Romney apologist purely based on the religion factor. When I remind her Harry Reid is a Mormon it's fun to watch her squirm when trying to justify the paradox.

Let's face it. It was obvious Obama was the chosen one in '07 before he even announced his candidacy, as holds true with Romney in '11. The narrative was given and the presstitute propagandists have done well to stick to the script. It's all so obvious to anyone with even one eye open that it makes me laugh....then follow with tears. But generally yeah, up yours Demint.