Jim DeMint is president of The Heritage Foundation.
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies…
Funny thing about that, we never hear DeMint mention that he runs an “educational institution.” Perhaps the devout Christian would not want God cleaving his forsaken skull with a lightning bolt:
Newcombe: What if somebody, let’s say you’re talking with a liberal person and they were to turn around and say, ‘that Founding Fathers thing worked out really well, look at that Civil War we had eighty years later.’
DeMint: Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people.
I’d appreciate it if Jim could educate me as to how a constitution that the secessionists voided and replaced ultimately swayed their Christian consciences. Here’s the preamble to the upgrade:
“We, the people of the Confederate States, each state acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity — invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God — do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Confederate States of America.”
The part about “in order to form a permanent federal government” makes it clear the South thought the original constitution muddled and temporary. Perhaps a Foundation man gets so busy lecturing others he no longer remembers what the hell he’s talking about. More DeMint:
Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to ‘all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights’ in the minds of God.
Nice try – that equality stuff is not in the Constitution. It’s in the Declaration of Independence. And of course the slaveholders improved on it as well – oops – with their own version. Because this stuff they weren’t so hot on:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Right, no thanks. They did think the Declaration established their fundamental rights, but not by way of any of that namby-pamby crap. These were the parts they favored:
“…they are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; and that, as free and independent States, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent States may of right do.”
They further solemnly declared that whenever any “form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government.”
So, all men being equal? I’ll pass. Violent revolt? I’ll take it.
Thus were established the two great principles asserted by the Colonies, namely: the right of a State to govern itself; and the right of a people to abolish a Government when it becomes destructive of the ends for which it was instituted.
And the former senator should know all this by heart because it was South Carolina legislators who wrote it. DeMint doesn’t come off like your typical president of a “research and educational institution,” does he? Not exactly:
But a lot of the move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government. It came from a growing movement among the people, particularly people of faith, that this was wrong. People like Wilberforce who persisted for years because of his faith and because of his love for people.
The great evangelist William Wilberforce. Who lived in Britain. Who died 28 years before South Carolina fired on Ft. Sumter. Very odd that Jim can’t recall someone a little more locally and temporally relevant to the Civil War, not to mention somebody who was an American. Somebody like, say, the great Fredrick Douglass. Very peculiar…
So no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves. In fact, it was Abraham Lincoln, the very first Republican, who took this on as a cause and a lot of it was based on a love in his heart that comes from God…
What about this Lincoln fella? What did he do again? What sort of job did he have? He was a legendary right-wing orator, and a popular one at that, who by the power of his words brought down slavery. Ta-daaa. And, so, That was the end of That. As to that vestigial hurly-burly with the artillery and millions of soldiers crawling across the continent, I couldn’t really tell you what any of that was much about. But you can rest assured there were a great many silly people back then, not like today…