A Few Moments With Senator Jim DeMint

Senator Jim DeMint (R, SC) is well known as the most conservative man in the upper chamber. He gave a rousing speech here at CPAC and afterward told a small gathering of us that many of the points he made will appear in his forthcoming book, Now or Never, Saving America From Economic Collapse. That message is, he said, that we have only a short time to turn this mess around and get this country back on track.

DeMint said that we need to remind our people — or in too many cases teach them from scratch — about America’s exceptionalism, but we also need to learn what changed from the days when our exceptionalism was better understood by the people. DeMint also noted that one of the problems we have to over come is that the Democrats agenda now prevents them from working in any way with the GOP and because their agenda is so extreme we just can’t compromise with them any more.

“Something’s gotta give,” DeMint said, “We have about a year before its too late

DeMint was asked about Florida Senator Marco Rubio and he couldn’t say enough good things about the young legislator. “Marco has been very smart in picking his battles,” DeMint said. “He’s not out there yapping at the president every day. But just like he has with the freedom of conscience issue he’s taken the lead, he’s become the face of that issue. He can, he’s Catholic. So he’s playing a role and he’s been very smart in picking his battles.”

DeMint also talked a bit about immigration saying that as Republicans we believe in immigration. “We need to reform our system,” DeMint said. But he went on to scold Democrats for their cynical part in the discussion over illegal immigration.

“The political agenda of the Democrats is to just take more than 10 million illegals here and make them voters as quickly as they can because they know it’ll change the political dynamic. I just think that totally denigrates our heritage of immigration,” he said.

DeMint was disgusted with the Democrat’s seeming desire to break the system and to push their agenda in front of those that have been patiently awaiting in other countries for their turn to come here legally.

But there is no working with the Democrats, said DeMint. “The Democrats will not allow anything but blanket amnesty because they want voters and they want union members… It’s hard to work with the Democrats on this because they have a political agenda not necessarily an economic agenda.”

DeMint also had good words to say about Ted Cruz, a candidate for Senate out of Texas. “Ted’s tenacious, he’s young — again a great new face for the Republican Party — and his opposition, as good a people as they are, I’ve seen it for years that they’re not going to come up here [Washington] and rock the boat. They’re not going to get in one of our party leader’s face and say, ‘We can’t do this.’ Ted will, I don’t think he needs to be loved. And that’s what I’m looking for, somebody that can be completely isolated from the establishment here and still go home and feel good about himself.”

Finally, I asked DeMint about how we as conservatives and Republicans can get the word out to voters of how the Democrats have for now more than 1,000 days refused to obey the law and do their duty to propose and help pass a full federal budget.

“The president will present a budget,” DeMint said, “I think what we need to do is use that to help Americans understand the priorities of Obama and the Democrat Party and then in a month or so Paul Ryan will come out with his budget, which I think you’ll see Republicans unite around, which will take our spending back towards balance over time and at the same time reforms for Medicare and probably social security and the tax code. We need to use this as something to not only remind people that the Democrats don’t want to do a budget in the Senate because it tells people what they want to do. And they’re not going to do one this year even though Kent Conrad had wanted to do one [House Leader] Harry Reid said no. They’d much rather attack our budget then defend theirs.”

Senator DeMint went on to say that Democrats “think Americans are stupid and I think we have at least 51% of Americans that are not and that’s what I’m counting on.”

After talking a little more about his book we bid the Senator farewell.

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  • DeMint said: “The political agenda of the Democrats is to just take more than 10
    million illegals here and make them voters as quickly as they can
    because they know it’ll change the political dynamic. I just think that
    totally denigrates our heritage of immigration,” he said.

    And separating American children from their parents, separating spouses and deporting bright students is in our heritage of immigration?
    Republicans needs to understand that immigration was ignored for too long. Out of 11 million undocumented people majority have American citizens immediate family members. There are 4.5 million of American citizen children who will be able to bring back their deported parents.  There are no visa limit for parents of American citizens. You propose to spend my tax dollars to deport 11 million people, put 4.5 million of American kids on the welfare only to get deported parents back in 10-15 years. The immigration “war” is lost, smart people minimize their loses, put new rules in place to prevent history from repeating itself and MOVE ON. Let American children have their parents, let American spouses have their loved ones, let people live as families.

  • Gmacr1

    “And separating American children from their parents, separating spouses and deporting bright students is in our heritage of immigration?”

    And why do they need to be separated Masha? That’s a false argument. NOTHING say’s they have to stay here, at all. It’s also a proven fact that Hispanics perform poorly and are more likely to drop out of school before graduating than all except one other group, so saying they are ‘bright students’ is a bald faced lie. No amount of self justification can make the fact that they are illegal immigrants and should be forced to go to the back of the line and made to apply legally like anyone else.

    Your argument is facetious that we are willing to spend money to remove those illegal aliens when you have quite willingly allowed them to come here and stay thereby using our public school systems, hospitals and other public services for free without contributing to their support. The cost of those ‘free’ services runs into the billions of dollars for CA alone and is in the hundres of millions for other states. You bet your ass I’m willing to spend money to remove them from out country. Try seeing if you can do that in Mexico or any Eropean country and find out just how fast they bounce you into jail and then on transportation the hell out of their country. The immigration war is NOT lost because you’ve rolled over on your back and decided to let them screw you out of your tax dollars. It is a proven fact that the unemployment rate drops when laws are passed by the states to force employers to verify legal citizenship of their employee’s.

    Make them go back to their country of origin and legally apply for citizenship like anyone else instead of jumping over the line by granting them amnesty. I’m tired of freeloaders and their apologists telling me I have to accept them because I damn sure don’t.

    •  You are suggesting that American citizens should self-deport themselves along with their undocumented family members just because people like DeMint and you think that it is a good idea?
      Suggesting that Hispanics have higher rates of dropping out of school is just racist.  Even though some Hispanic kids have to quit school, but not because they are stupid or lazy, but because their parent/s were deported and they take the responsibility of being a head of the remaining household consisting of younger American citizen children.
       If you are concern about people fraudulently  using welfare system, first think about all the baby-mamas, who have kids for the only purpose – to get a welfare check.
      Unemployment rates are slowly going down nationwide. As far as I know Arizona and Georgia are reporting millions of loses from unharvested crops, and farmers blame e-verify and lack of federal immigration reform. Look at your plate. Everything you see there was planted, grown and picked in the field, or grown on the farm (using the fed that was planted, grown and harvested in the fields), and then send to the food factories where American workers made more food choices for you. What do you think will happen to those jobs if farmers will stop growing crops? Peaches do not come from the can.

      • Gmacr1

        Not suggesting the *American* citizens should self deport but their illegal spouses that tried to anchor themselves by marrying and spawning should be.

        “Suggesting that Hispanics have higher rates of dropping out of school is just racist ”

        Its a fact. Since 1980 when the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics started tracking it the ratio is 3:1 with a high of 35% Hispanic vs 11.4 White in 1980 to a ‘low’ of 17.6 vs 5.2 in 2009. So you might want to do a mirror check to spot the racist.

        “As far as I know Arizona and Georgia are reporting millions of loses from unharvested crops” and you don’t know because that’s a BS made up scare story put out to gain sympathy. Show me proof that “crops were rotting in the fields”, I dare you. I live in the SE and no one ever produced *any* evidence of said ‘crop losses’, not one and I know when the specific picking times are for all the crops grown around here. Funny that none of the stories matched anything other than apples

        “Peaches do not come from the can.”

        No, they grow on tree’s and I live within 10 miles of the 2 largest peach orchards in North Alabama. You’re ignorant and every time tou sit down in front of your keyboard you prove it.

  • Dave Francis



    President Obama has shrunk away from enforcing immigration
    laws and must be remembered, when it’s time to vote in November for a new White
    House keeper. Using discretionary policies, Obama has underhandedly been
    selective of which illegal aliens can be deported, and who can walk away to
    live amongst us. When any person who enters the United States without legal status
    should be removed, with exception? Although under the present weak law, it’s
    only a civil matter, everybody who has taken a job utilizing a stolen Social
    Security number has committed a felony? On a voluntary basis at the present
    time, hundreds of thousands of businesses operate the E-Verify program, to
    distinguish illegal labor committing fraud by using an individual SSN, or an
    eligible worker. The future shows promise in Congress if voters demand a
    nationwide mandatory process, called “The Legal Workforce Act.” With
    easy access through any computer any person can be identified through federal
    data bases. With 9 percent unemployment, thousands of illegal aliens unable to
    claim a job, then thousands of Americans can be hired.


    Mitt Romney has said on numerous occasions in his
    presidential campaign that this a much more efficient avenue, without major
    costs as a factor, with the effect of unlawful people self-deporting. This is
    truly ‘Attrition though Enforcement.’  Cannot be hired, you might as well
    go home? Every voter has the ultimate power to empower the incoherent Congress,
    to expedite this law. It is exactly the same with ‘Birthright Citizenship Act’
    Smuggling babies by foreign women onto these shores, is by far the most
    expensive deficit engineered by the Liberal activist judges that every baby
    birthed in our nation receive immediate citizenship, even though the parents
    are nationals. By judicial law every American is coerced by the IRS, to pay for
    children and therefore the parents to supplement their income with your


    When the Liberal, Democrats or Republicans talk about
    reducing the huge deficit of $15.Trillion, they fall short in discussing the
    illegal immigration occupation. However the TEA PARTY does and will not digress
    from the facts that the Southwest has been invaded. When the U.S. Census says
    the population has exploded over a short period of time. It’s self-explanatory
    that these people are spilling across the border, with limited personal at the
    border to stop the rush. The US government continuously lied to us, and the
    only gauge of reducing illegal immigration is to unite with the TEA PARTY. The
    Liberal pathfinders have infected this nation with their–“Political
    Correctness”–using every demonization to undermine our enforcement laws, using
    epithets, racial and restrictionist’s rhetoric with legislators cringing or
    saying nothing at all.


    The attack always starts with the same shout of racial profiling,
    knowing full well the larger influx enters over our Southern border. Using the
    racial card or trying to pass laws, which put a harness on free speech. The
    Liberal progressives mostly own the editorial newsrooms, but perhaps not all cable
    news stations Illegal Immigration is illegal Immigration. Nothing more-nothing
    less and is ILLEGAL. This has nothing to do with people who come through the scrupulous
    channels, to enter America–LEGALLY, while illegal aliens fly into airline
    terminals and lying that they were just a tourist, smuggled in or just dodge
    the US border Patrol. No matter the state of the US economy, more money needs
    to be spent by building the real fence. Suffice to say most of the border
    remains unguarded and with wide areas, with nothing at all—not even a fence.


    People don’t have any idea of the ramification of both
    Republican and Democratic platform on illegal immigration. It’s not just jobs
    and futures society becoming Balkanized? It’s not just about language, which
    has caused wars around the world? The major issue is OVERPOPULATION? The
    Southwest already suffers from a scarcity of drinking water? Then there are the
    serious energy issues, because of the spread of concrete? Overpopulation,
    traffic overcrowding, urban sprawl, pollution, environmental damage, water,
    oil, gas, energy diminishing resources, contagious diseases, lack of affordable
    housing, depressed wages of US citizens, an underground economy caused by
    illegal aliens, fraudulent documents, identity theft, Sanctuary cities,
    predatory businesses tax evasion, soaring nationwide crime rate growth ,
    increased taxpayer burdens, 40 + billions of Dollars wired across the borders
    and overseas, congested schools, uneducated legal children, overcrowded
    prisons, insufficient health care for legal residents, but free health care for
    illegal immigrants and paying out Child Tax Credits for children of illegal
    aliens, who by faux are given citizenship. $10 billion dollars are returned to
    foreign nationals using IRS issued ITIN numbers or stolen Social Security


    Since taking residence in the Oval office, the Obama Administration
    have dissolved key interior enforcement measures, including abandonment of the “Social
    Security Admin No-Match query to employers about their hires,” nurturing alterations
    weakening the 287(g) program, and the fading randomized I-9 audit checks. These
    acts have destabilized efforts to dissuade illegal immigration, in reality
    sending the message that once an illegal alien is in this country, it is effortless
    to find a job and stay. Immigration reform will only be durable if the
    government enforces the 1986 immigration law and not chip away at those
    statutes. A bill, newly introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D–NJ) a
    Comprehensive Immigration Reform package, granting legal permanent residence
    status to the nearly 11 million illegal immigrants (more like 20 to 30 million)
    already present in the United States. Additionally, the bill’s language also
    fully incorporates the DREAM Act and the Agricultural Jobs Act, providing two
    further avenues to amnesty for illegal immigrants. What stays within the
    confines of the Obama administration is the whispered cost to afflict this nightmare?
    The fiscal consequences of this amnesty will vary depending on the time period
    analyzed, says the reputable “Heritage Foundation.” Overall, the net cost to
    taxpayers of retirement benefits for amnesty recipients is likely to be at
    least $2.6 trillion—and that’s just for the government accountability statistics.


    For 30 years this country has been a very large sponge, for
    anybody who can easily slip by the underfunded border fence? Our compassion for
    the poor has turned into a parody and now we are forced by the IRS to pay
    government entitlements that are essentially unfunded mandates for those who
    came here illegally. WE think it’s bad now, but if President Obama, Sen. Harry
    Reid, Nancy Pelosi Chuck Schumer, Janet Napolitano, Sen. Gutierrez and of
    course Eric Holder, John Morton and a whole host of Democratic Liberals
    Progressives, could force through another AMNESTY? The volume of indigent
    humanity waiting in every tin shack across the Southern border, the visa
    overstays from Europe and any other destitute society will rush for America,
    once the–BLANKET AMNESTY–bell tolls. We think we have a problem now, with
    hundreds of thousands of homeless?  I see
    an insatiable need for legal immigrants who guarantee the advancement of our
    country and its economy, but not those who come with calculated motivation to
    soak every penny of taxpayers, as we have in huge numbers now.


    UNLAWFUL ENTRANTS. America has also become a dumping ground of human criminal
    garbage of every poor country in the world. In the last 10 years criminal
    activity involving illegal migrants and immigrants has escalated, and one of
    the prevalent crimes is drunken driving and hit and runs. In California this is
    a daily occurrence, spiraling out of control.  The Secretary of Homeland Security says the
    border is secured, then why are drug cartels taking over land adjacent to the Mexican
    border fence?


    According to the
    Liberals–American citizenship has no meaning anymore, as they are involved in
    turning our country adrift from its principle values as assigned to us by the
    U.S. Constitution and on a society based on the ‘rule of Law.’


    It’s about the special interest lobbyists that corrupt the
    whole environment in the Capitol. Illegal immigration is by far the largest
    expenditures to this nation, other than the defense bill. The costs will
    stagger the prudent mind, because the dollar figure is off the scale. This is
    not just in federal dollars, but state, county and city dollars? If politicians
    cannot be honest in telling us the truth about the illegal population in this
    sovereign nation, then they will certainly not inform us about the crippling
    financial price to support them. GOOGLE–NUMBERSUSA for enforcement grading of
    your politicians in federal or state government and begin filling their seats
    in Congress with Tea Party leaders? Read about corruption and sanctuary city


    Hunt down you politician either over the phone at
    202-224-3121, or go their office in person. Insist that they are–OUT–if they
    vote for any kind of AMNESTY or that they disguise a Comprehensive Immigration
    Reform. Tell them E-Verify must be made permanent, to start “ATTRITION” by
    enforcement procedure for every illegal worker in America? Find out what can
    you do for this Representative Republic called the US that this administration wants
    to alter into a Socialist nation. We cannot afford overpopulation growth, we
    are broke and our corrupt politicians are pandering to illegal immigrant open-border
    fanatics? The Obama administration is very silent on their push for another
    blanket amnesty, to commence if he is reelected.


    All legal voters must be warned that Democratic groups such
    as Acorn, have in the past and will again register to vote non-citizens and
    illegal aliens. We must insure that there is stringent oversight in the voting
    stations and even Absentee ballots. Illegal aliens are voting and will again,
    with Liberal backed Democrats, aware of this crime against our election laws?


    What is America coming to when the Mayor of Los Angeles
    county Antonio Villaraigosa, who took the Oath of the Allegiance was conspiring
    and thanking  President Ernest Zedillo and the current President for
    meddling in our Immigration laws. President Zedillo for using his influence
    derail the California voters Proposition 187, designed to deny welfare benefits
    and public assistance to illegal aliens, who sneaked into California from
    across the border. Many voters still believe that Sacramento severed the path
    of this law, from reaching the Supreme Court. Mayor Villaraigosa should be
    asked where his loyalty lies, as it’s certainly not the legal population of
    California. Mayor Villaraigosa is just one of thousands of anti-American
    activists, more interested in open border succession, than protecting the
    billions of dollars are handed over eagerly by California lawmakers to millions
    of foreign nationals in welfare payments. Voters should zero their attention on
    every pro-illegal immigrant Governor, Mayor Judge, Chief of police and a combination
    of elected officials and replace them with TEA PARTY political soldiers.