Jim DeMint has shown that principled conservatism remains a winning political philosophy. His passion for rigorous research, his dedication to the principles of our nation’s founding, and his ability to translate policy ideas into action make him an ideal choice to lead Heritage to even greater success.
-Heritage Foundation Chairman of the Board Thomas A. Saunders
When I first heard about this, I was truly saddened that we, as Conservatives, are losing another voice in the government. But then I found out that he is leaving, but not going out of the life of trying to get Conservatism pushed out here, I was gladdened. Meet Jim DeMint, the next president of the Heritage Foundation.
With Mr. DeMint’s background in advertising and marketing and research…..well, let me use Senator Jim DeMint’s own words here in an interview with Rush Limbaugh yesterday:
Rush: Senator Jim DeMint. What have you decided to retire from the Senate to take this on?
DeMint: Rush, it was the Heritage Foundation that inspired me to run for Congress, and many of the policies I’ve developed, whether it be Social Security reform or health care reform, tax reform, Heritage has guided that policy development. And I believe that I can do more good for the conservative movement outside of the Senate in leveraging the assets of the Heritage Foundation to communicate a more positive, optimistic message to the American People.
Rush: That’s interesting. I assume it would be due in part because the Republicans are a minority in the Senate, and you’ve got a good bench. You’ve got a bunch of young guys that you have had a role in recruiting. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. You’re not really abandoning anything. You’ve got a bench there, but you’ve expressed frustration in the past, the Republicans have, the White House, the House and Senate or two of the three, and didn’t do anything with it that you thought was in any way progress. Is there frustration here as part of this?
DeMint: Yes, there’s part frustration, but I am also reassured that we have now stocked the Senate with some of the strongest conservatives in the country today, and that’s a big change. So I’m leaving the Senate better than I found it, and I think I can do a lot to support these conservatives inside the Senate and the House working with the Heritage Foundation all over the country to convince Americans, whether they’re poor or rich, conservative ideas will make the lives of Americans better, and Heritage has the platform for me to help spread that idea.
Rush: Tell people how that happens, because a lot of people are thinking, here you are a member of the U.S. Senate. That’s a very exclusive club. There are only a hundred people. It is by reputation the greatest deliberative body in the world. You’re abandoning it or leaving it and you’re telling us that you’re going to have more power, more influence or a greater opportunity for it at Heritage. So what does Heritage do that you can’t do in the Senate?
DeMint: Well, as you know, Rush, in the Senate a lot of my role has been trying to stop bad legislation and explaining to America why the policies of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party are not good for them.
Rush: Right, playing defense.
DeMint: and that’s an important role. But after spending most of my life in advertising and marketing and research, I know that we can do a lot better job of convincing the American people, winning their hearts and souls. And if we do that, then we’re gonna be more effective inside of Congress and more effective at election time. So this is not a matter of getting out the vote. Conservatives have to be so persuasive all over the country that Republicans have to come to our ideas in order to get elected.
Rush: Well, I don’t want to put anybody on the spot. What are you gonna do differently? I am often accused — not accused. Wrong word. it’s often said to me, “You gotta branch out. You’re preaching to the choir.” What direction are you going to take Heritage in that’s different?
DeMint: Well, we’re gonna preserve the culture of Heritage and the sanctity of their research to make sure that it is unquestioned throughout our country that the research we do on our policies is accurate, and that’s important to keep that part of the culture. But what we can do differently, Rush, is focus on federalism. We’ve got 25 states now with Republican governors and legislatures. A lot of them are doing the right things, with being right-to-work states, cutting their taxes, whether it’s immigration reform, voter ID, education choice. What we want to do at Heritage is more of what we’ve been doing. And that’s to spotlight the things that are working, promote them in other states, and use those real outcomes to pressure the people here in Washington to pass the policies that let these things work…….The problem, as conservatives, we have not taken enough control of our message and our ideas and communicated them directly to the American people. That’s what we want to do at Heritage is convince the large majority of Americans that conservative ideas will make their lives better.
I think that Jim DeMint hit on the right subject here. The Conservatives and especially the Republicans have not taken control of their message, and when push comes to shove, the Republicans would rather cave than try to tell the American people that the Democrats are wrong. That Liberalism and Socialism is not what will make America great. What will bring America back from the abyss that we are facing now with Obama’s policies, is for Conservatives to find a platform to inform the American people the right way to go, so that America can be great again. The Heritage Foundation is one of those ways.
It is good to see a Conservative thinking of getting the message out. Good luck to you Jim DeMint. I will be contacting you, to help with my background in publishing and graphics, because I think I can help too.
May God Bless our efforts to help get America back, and put God back into our country
God Bless America, Bless all Americans, and bless us to begin using more common sense.