“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt...I place economy among the first and most important of Republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared... “ - Thomas Jefferson
When 2010 rolled around, Jim DeMint was tired. He was tired of Washington politics-he'd been in Congress for over 10 years. He was tired of fighting uphill battles-battles which seemed fruitless at times and at other times as if he had no reinforcements.
There was literally no one to back him up. He nearly decided not to run for reelection to his second term in the US Senate. Being in the minority for most of his career as a member of Congress was hard enough, but being abandoned on key issues-particularly fiscal issues-by members of his own party was another ballgame altogether.
But when it came right down to the wire and it was time to make a decision it was two others who cast the dissenting votes and changed his mind; quite unexpectedly it was his reluctant wife and God who stepped in and convinced him that it was his duty to run for office for the sake of freedom. As a committed Christian and a wise husband, he knew he had to listen!
After a year with Obama, Reid and Pelosi leading the country deeper into debt and topping it off with a slam dunk on Obamacare, Jim DeMint began in earnest to raise the funds for what he thought would be a big challenge in November 2010; as it turned out, he was able to divert most of the money to other races.
It was at this point he started the Senate conservative fund and began promoting Tea Party candidates in key races around the country. In his new book, "The Great Awakening of America" he describes the personal price he has paid for standing up for what is not only right but what used to be considered Republican values and principles.
That is definitely changing...
"We don't necessarily need to change what we say-we talk about being conservative in terms of limiting government, promoting growth for the economy, and following the Constitutional guidelines set by the Founders. We just need to get a lot better at doing what we say."
In 2006 Republicans lost vital seats in Congress and the White House to one of the most liberal administrations in history.
Although the tide was turned in 2010 by regaining the majority in the House and making gains in the Senate, there is much damage to be undone.
TREASURE ISLAND - COINS AND PRECIOUS METALS
And it is up to us to get on it-like Jefferson was quoted at the beginning of this article-
"We must not allow our leaders to load us with perpetual debt..."
It takes vigilance to maintain freedom as it was handed to us by the Founding Fathers after the Constitutional Convention.
And vigilance requires a vigilante-a Lone Ranger- until others begin to be emboldened to follow. He lost friends from the ranks of the Senate and has lived with criticism and isolation. But he knows the cause is worth it.
Just recently, he has become more hopeful; as the leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell came out in support of DeMint's efforts to ban earmarks on legislation. The next hurdle is to pass avoid an increase in the debt ceiling and to pass a balanced budget amendment.
Jim DeMint believes that economic freedom is a pre-requisite for political and personal freedom. To quote F.A. Hayek, "Without freedom in the marketplace, we are on the road to serfdom."
The Club for Growth is backing candidates for 2012 as this is written. The voting records of prospective candidates have been scrutinized and those candidates ranked from most to least conservative. The parameters are simple and typically fall into categories outlined and explained in such documents as the Republican platform-which if examined qualifies as supportive of Constitutional limits on government.
The key again lies with the electorate and the voice of Jim DeMint is calling out to the Tea Party groups (like the North Dakota Tea Party Caucus) for involvement and a pro-active commitment to a successful election.
I recently came across a quote by a 1916 minister and outspoken advocate for liberty, his name is William J.H. Boetcker. He published a pamphlet entitled
"The Ten Cannots"
- You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
- You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
- You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
- You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
- You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
- You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
- You cannot lift the wage earn by pulling down the wage payer.
- You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
- You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
- You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.
To state it another way...The government cannot give to anybody what it does not first take from somebody else!
There you have... I believe Senator DeMint would say... Amen