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Sen. Jim DeMint will now be working as a citizen to save the country

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Members of Congress don’t normally leave voluntarily. You can tell from the scratch marks on the door jambs from when they’ve been dragged out kicking and screaming.

It’s not until they’ve been carted all the way out of the Capitol that they suddenly realize they’ve all along been wanting to spend more time with their families. Now, what were those kids’ names again?

Jim DeMint is different. And we always knew he was.

The Republican senator from South Carolina never did get full of himself or overly impressed with the plums and trappings of even that august body. He looks at it as public service. And over time, as he plied his principles without any desire for reward, Jim DeMint became the standard-bearer for conservativism in Congress – for individual liberty, limited government, a balanced budget and humility in office.

The latter quality cannot be overstated in its importance.

The most intransigent problem we face as a nation right now is an entrenched ruling class in Congress that you can’t extract with a crowbar – and which knows it.

They gather up all manner of campaign contributions to feather their nest and to set up permanent shop, and then they borrow from China and your children and grandchildren to satiate the big-spending lobby that fuels their campaigns.

They are spending us to ruin.

Jim DeMint embodies the Spirit of Statesmen Past. He’s the closest thing to a Founding Father we have in Washington. He was always going to limit his stay in the Senate, because he knows that was the intent of our founders – and because he would not allow himself to be corrupted by comfort. This country was meant to be governed by a citizen legislature. Above all else, Jim DeMint is a citizen.

Because of all this, we regret that Sen. DeMint is resigning at the end of the month, but we love why: He’s becoming the president of the esteemed Heritage Foundation – the undisputed standard-bearer of conservative principles outside of the Capitol.

He leaves behind others of like mind – a small but growing band of brothers dedicated to returning this nation to its founding principles of freedom and background governance.

As he notes, it’s clear from this election that conservatives must do more to spread those ideals and convince more Americans they are the path to prosperity.

Jim DeMint is the man for the job.

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specsta
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specsta 12/10/12 - 02:39 am
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Jim DeMint Will Never Be The Man For The Job

It just figures that ACES would honor a politician like Jim DeMint, a Congressman who probably should have been run out of office a long time ago.

Let's look at the record:

DeMint voted against expanding children's health insurance programs, voted against requiring FISA court warrants to monitor US calls, voted against expanding stem cell research, voted against the stimulus package which saved American jobs, and voted FOR banning gay adoptions.

DeMint voted to decrease the eligibility of people who would qualify for food assistance (SNAP), voted against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and voted against the American Jobs Act.

This guy has such a problem with gay Americans, he publicly stated in 2010 that gay people should not be teachers. DeMint is anti-abortion, pro-school prayer, and wants to send all undocumented immigrants back to their home countries.

Yes...the same old, tired, unoriginal, conservative talking points.

DeMint is your typical pro-wealth, pro-war, anti-labor, right-wing extremist who worships at the altar of the corporations and the almighty dollar - at the expense of the poor and middle-class citizens of the US.

And of course, the Chronicle would choose to honor and support such a politician. What else is new???

Techfan
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Techfan 12/10/12 - 06:10 am
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I look forward to all of the

I look forward to all of the future AC editorial honoring politicians who left public service for million dollar jobs at lobbying firms. It should keep them very busy. Instead of serving the people of SC and the USA, DeMint will now be serving the Coors family, the Koch Family, the Walton family, etc.. How special. I'm sure the average citizen will come out on the winning side over the giants, especially since the 3 families listed have a combined net worth greater than every household in SC combined, and they are only the tip of the iceberg of donations to Heritage. Once again class warfare is over. The wealthy have won. Thanks for stepping on the little guy DeMint. We always knew that's who you were anyway.

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TrukinRanger 12/10/12 - 06:41 am
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I had a good chuckle with
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I had a good chuckle with this article. DeMint is taking off for more money. As for spreading conservative principles... they'll be spread to the few that drink this kool aide. Today's version of "conservative principles" consist of keeping the rich in power and the middle class struggling. It also consists of denying a vast number of American taxpayers full equal rights. America chose to re-elect the president because the majority of Americans do NOT share these ancient views. The republican party needs to quit living in the past, FINALLY send their senior congress people into retirement and get a grip and up-to-speed with the rest of civilization.

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seenitB4 12/10/12 - 07:06 am
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Sooo what....

So what do yall want...he is moving on & yall want to complain about it...haaha...he was never a favorite of mine but good luck with that move Demint...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/10/12 - 07:16 am
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motherjones????

Really? From someone always attacking the source of others as bias?

Techfan
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Techfan 12/10/12 - 07:35 am
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Yes. Mother Jones leans left.

Yes. Mother Jones leans left. They, however, do not write fiction and claim that it's reality such as WND, Glenn Beck, Alex Jones and others. There are legitimate sources on the left and right. I always had great respect for Bill Buckley, and George Will(more Buckley than Will), both right wingers. MJ does some excellent journalism. Something like DailyKos, I have to check the original source. My rule is to stay away from and not trust the paranoid sites on the right and left. Can you point out which comments about DeMint MJ got wrong?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/10/12 - 07:47 am
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No, I can't.

I don't open links from sources such as MJ. There is not a big enough condom to protect your computer from the viruses hidden in their sites. And Heaven forbid that the right might have a Think Tank supported by conservatives. I suppose you think there should be no alternative to the liberal think tanks, supported by rich liberals, the lamestream media, hollywood. Don't answer, it was rhetorical.

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Riverman1 12/10/12 - 08:15 am
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Liberals complaining about

Liberals complaining about who the Heritage Foundation hires is like me complaining about who North Korea appoints to head The Ministry of Propaganda.

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Bulldog 12/10/12 - 08:18 am
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specsta

You and others like you are the reason we are in this mess now. Your blatant socialist mind set is our biggest problem. Jim DeMint voted exactly as he should have. Learn to take responsibility for you and yours and stop trying to take it from me and mine at the point of a gun!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/10/12 - 08:27 am
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Most of what Specta mentioned
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Most of what Specta mentioned are reasons DeMint has done a great job.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/10/12 - 08:31 am
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"My bias blog is
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"My bias blog is true......your bias blog can't be believed." We've heard it all too many times. Why can't people just address what's in the piece and not simply attack the source?

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Bizkit 12/10/12 - 08:32 am
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I think the number of

I think the number of politicians who retire are few-most get a raise and become a lobbyist. They are a part of the problem-not the solution.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/10/12 - 08:42 am
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"DeMint voted to decrease the
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"DeMint voted to decrease the eligibility of people who would qualify for food assistance (SNAP)" Big positive!

"voted against requiring FISA court warrants to monitor US calls" No different than Obama's current policy.

"wants to send all undocumented immigrants back to their home countries." So he's in favor of obeying the law...that's a radical stance!!

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effete elitist liberal 12/10/12 - 09:07 am
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good riddance!

To the man who brought us Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Ken Buck, Richard Mourdock, and Todd Akin, I say good riddance! To one less troglodyte Tea Party vote in the Senate, I say hurrah! Had DeMint actually been a "Founding Father," we wouldn't have had to deal with him for the past 200 years!

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dichotomy 12/10/12 - 09:59 am
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Agreed with DeMint on most of

Agreed with DeMint on most of his fiscal votes.

Disagreed with him on many, maybe most, of his social issue votes....especially stem cell research.

Overall, it's the fiscal issues that are going to take us to our knees so I hate to see him go. But hey, we are going to be the most socially liberal bankrupt country in the world.

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soapy_725 12/10/12 - 10:16 am
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The second most favorite job of career politicians....
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LOBBYIST. LOL LOL You have to love a system like ours. No wonder the world resist efforts to become a democracy like the USA.

Money, Power and Influence Peddling. No wonder Jesus said, my kingdom is not of t his world.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/10/12 - 11:01 am
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"save the country"???

Yes, for old, white, Christian, conservative men, just like all those Founding Fathers MR likes to mention. [Of course he forgets to add that most of the old, white, conservative Founding Fathers who really mattered were not Christian....]

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nofanofobama 12/10/12 - 11:34 am
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there seems never to be clean

there seems never to be clean legislation, they all have riders attached to them which makes it impossible to say, left or right, that a congressman voted this way or that..lets have 1 issue legilation no riders, no adders etc..this will make bill simplifier for all to understand and stop a lot if name calling and passing of legislation that would not be normally passed.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/10/12 - 12:26 pm
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dicho....

The price of fiscal conservatism need not be a social conservatism which is anti-gay, anti-hispanic, anti-women, and a whole lot of other anti's espoused by DeMint. Republicans may someday elect a fiscally conservative President, but never one with the dark ages social agenda of another DeMint.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/10/12 - 01:59 pm
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" [Of course he forgets to
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" [Of course he forgets to add that most of the old, white, conservative Founding Fathers who really mattered were not Christian....]"

John Adams--Unitarian
Samual Adams--Congregationalist
Josiah Bartlet--Congregationalist
Carter Braxton--Episcopalian
Charles Carroll--Roman Catholic
Samual Chase--Episcopalian
Abraham Clark--Presbyterian
George Clymer--Episcopalian
William Ellery--Congregationalist
William Floyd--Presbyterian
Elbridge Gerry--Episcopalian
Button Gwinnett--Episcopalian
Lyman Hall--Congregationalist
John Hancock--Congregationalist
Benjamin Harrison--Episcopalian
John Hart--Presbyterian

The list goes on and on, but sufice it to say that EEL is wrong once again.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/10/12 - 02:00 pm
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Conservatives are anti-woman?
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Conservatives are anti-woman? Looks like EEL is wrong AGAIN.

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allhans 12/10/12 - 02:33 pm
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Liberals, as such, should

Liberals, as such, should like the fact that DeMint is giving up his senate seat. If his replacement, which is likely, is Tim SCott he will be only the seventh black man to serve on the Senate.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/10/12 - 07:02 pm
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EEL...." but never one with

EEL...." but never one with the dark ages social agenda of another DeMint"

And I think he may possibly be looking at running in 2016. And, depending on what brand of wild eyed tax and spend socialist the Democrats ran, I would probably vote for him. Why, because I think our economy, debt, and fasttrack to socialism is MUCH worse for this country than any of our current social issues......ALL of which we have plenty of time to cure and which have mostly been cured through the courts anyway.

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allhans 12/10/12 - 07:42 pm
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Thank goodness Republicans

Thank goodness Republicans don't follow the Democrats example and run from one group to another, promising them the moon for their votes. I would sit out elections if all candidates pandered to those who know not what they are doing. Like the (black) council woman in Detroit that is angry because Obama is not following through with all his promises.

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