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DeMint Joins Heritage To Broaden Conservative Message

December 7, 2012 by  

DeMint Joins Heritage To Broaden Conservative Message
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Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is Tea Party favorite and a strong social and fiscal conservative

Influential conservative Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is exiting his final term in the Senate four years early to take over as president of the Heritage Foundation, a GOP-affiliated think tank in Washington with a budget of about $80 million.

DeMint is Tea Party favorite and a strong social and fiscal conservative who has said in the past that “you can’t be a fiscal conservative unless you’re also a social conservative.” The Senator said he is taking the job at Heritage with the goal of popularizing conservative ideals that could appeal to a broader public.

“This is an urgent time,” he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, “because we saw in the last election we were not able to communicate conservative ideas that win elections.”

DeMint will take over the role of the foundation’s president from Edwin J. Feulner, the man who first envisioned the think tank in 1973 and has led it as president for the past 36 years.

Despite hard leanings to the right on social issues in the past, DeMint has taken a stance more recently saying the Republican Party must adopt more Libertarian values.

“The new debate in the Republican party needs to be between conservatives and libertarians,” he said in an interview with Reason. “A lot of the libertarian ideas that Ron Paul is talking about…should not be alien to any Republican.”

The Senator may also push for the GOP as a whole to back off its traditional aversion to any kind of military spending cuts in his new position.

“I’m not sure what that number is. But I do know there’s waste in Pentagon spending. We’ve identified waste not only in the Pentagon but all across the board….But we have to have a vision for what we want our military to do,” DeMint said in a recent interview.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • https://keimh3regpeh2umeg.wordpress.com keimh3regpeh2umeg

    Maybe he’ll clean up their act a little. Smear artists. Sensationalists. Propagandists. Party hacks. Disinformationists. Establishmentarians. Beltway RINOs. I love me some DeMint though.

    • http://theconservativecrawfish.wordpress.com reelman1946

      I heard JD on radio yesterday and was VERY disturbed when he said
      “The problem is not Harry Reid, Harry Reid is my friend”…
      this is the sort of stuff that bothers conservatives a LOT!

      Reid refused to show voters a budget for years, block votes and constantly lies.
      Harry Reid cannot be friend of America or conservatives …
      he is simply another arrogant apostle of utopian socialism !!!

      This is not a parlor game…its the future of a broke rotting nation we love.

      Hey Jim, keep your stupid depressing comments like that to yourself.

      • https://keimh3regpeh2umeg.wordpress.com keimh3regpeh2umeg

        Interesting. Guess you can say stuff like that when you are about to retire. Who knows, maybe the Senate Dems have some dirt on him so he’s playing nice with Reid and then resigning.

      • Neon

        The only friend Harry Reid has is himself. Dingy Harry, that guy is a bad joke.

      • MNIce

        “The problem is not Harry Reid.” It would be nice if you could provide us with some context for the comment. For example, if he was responding to a question about how much effect personal working relationships in the Senate had on his decision, the answer doesn’t mean much beyond exactly that.

        Even if he was speaking of the Senate’s performance in general, Senator DeMint is right in this sense – Harry Reid is not the entire problem, he is only a small part of the problem. He could not cause nearly so much trouble if he did not have enough fellow Democrats in the Senate to make him Majority Leader. They share equal culpability with him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.fox.98892 Benjamin Fox

      I’m all for your idea’s, they are getting a good man.

    • Motov

      Only time will tell.

  • Iris D. Lynch

    I agree with De MInt. The Republican Party is foolish to believe they can be a sloppy copy of the Dems. Instead they need to TEACH and the Foundation does just that. Read my book THE MIRACLE OF SELF POWER and learn how important an idea self power is to the ‘masses’. Iris D. Lynch

    • http://comcast the fisherman

      Well Well –You can tell when the ship is sinking–the rats leave first

  • John R. Howell

    I hope Jim DeMint will be able to expose every RINO (Republican in Name Only) in Congress, as well as what I hope will be a name that will catch on, Chimp. I define a Chimp in Congress as one who votes such that his conservative rating by the Heritage Foundation is around 50%. The idea here is that a chimpanzee could be trained to flip a coin to decide how to vote, and expect to get a rating of about 50%. Also, it would cost the taxpayers a lot less money, because we would only have to give the chimpanzee a few bananas, whereas we have to pay a “Chimp” congressman thousands of dollars for whiskey and women. John R. Howell

    • metroman

      The chimpanzee are the one’s that voted on Nov. 6, 2012. They voted in accordance with the telescreen none stop commercials showed them for a month; along with the “go to” program in the computers used to take and tally the vote. If you don’t know the term “go to” try search engine startpage.com and search “go to and computer program”. It was a simple line of code. That’s how it was done.

    • metroman

      Sorry John I just searched it but could not find an explanation so I will tell you what it is. Example: One line of code instructs the computer to place every 20th vote for a particular candidate to “go to” the other candidate. It’s very simple and being the election was so close stealing 5% of the vote from the other candidate was very big this time. You realize they canceled exit polling in 19 states. I wonder why? Probably a more accurate poll then any taken before or after.

      • http://tlgeer.wordpress.com tlgeer

        Do you have any proof of this? Or is it just someone’s idea that COULD have happened?

      • MNIce

        Your search failed because you used two very common words instead of GOTO (without a space). A variant is GOSUB, which, instead of simply changing the program address counter, calls up a subroutine (a mini-program linked to the main program) and tells it to perform its function on a specified set of variables, then return control to the main program at the next line.

    • http://aaron.com Aaron

      Vous avez depuis November 2008 un chimpanzé à la Maison-Blanche…….

  • Norm

    The heritage foundation was a credible right wing think tank. The key word is think. DeMint will make it a tea party hack support group. Somebody made a big mistake in that choice.

    • OneGuess

      Poor Norm. Just gotta place blame. Do you even know what the tea party is? Are you an obamao troll?

      • Norm

        I know who they are and who pays their bills.
        Does Koch industries ring a bell?
        They may have started out with good intentions but as the saying goes – The road to hell is paved with good intentions!

      • momo

        Norm says:”The road to hell is paved with good intentions!”

        No need to bring Obama and the Dems into the conversation, Norm.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      I’m with you, Norm. BIG mistake! I am actually LMAO at the whole thing. I couldn’t believe it when Karolyn mentioned it yesterday on another thread. And the idea of DeMint being the one to BROADEN THE CONSERVATIVE MESSAGE just shows us that Sam has a terrific sense of humor (or irony). As others have said, DeMint will broaden nothing but his bank account by taking this job.

      As for the Heritage Institute, I’m glad to see that Sam has not inserted the word “influential” in front of the name. That used to be de rigeur, even for the liberal press, but it has become less true as the HF has turned away from education towards becoming a propaganda arm for the lunatic right.

      And I can’t wait to see what kind of wrath he stirs up amongst both the libertarians and republicans as he “leads” them into deeper conflict. I have a feeling that he is not really a “libertarian idea advocate” anyway and will soon find himself in the swamp as he pushes the real agenda of the Heritage Foundation—-preserving the position of the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Norm” – GOOD COMMENTS.

  • http://sunshine49356.wordpress.com Sunshine49

    I’m sorry that DeMint is leaving Congress. He was one of the sane voices that is still left. Ron Paul is also retiring from what I understand. Soon, there won’t be any truly conservative voices left to speak up for the people and hold Congress accountable.

    • carrobin

      My relatives back home in South Carolina are glad DeMint is getting out of Congress. He’s an embarrassment. Personally, I don’t like Lindsay Graham either, but at least he sometimes shows evidence of having a brain.

  • Ted

    Won’t make any difference. The republicans have no standing, no backbone, no loyalty to the Constitution anymore, and no future. With the media, the kenyan in the WH, the criminals this POS has appointed, the dumb masses who vote for their ovomitphones, their tanks of gas, the EPA, the DOE leaderless socialist destroying our nations productivity, and a senate led by the biggest criminal ever to be the leader, who refuses allowing any GOP House legislation onto the floor for a chance at passage, while his ally the socialist media, print and televised support him instead of pointing out what he is doing, not asking why he is doing this to the nation. With the educational system indoctrinating the young minds that socialism is good that capitalism is bad, the GOP will be completely dead by 2014. Boehner now will give the islamist his 1.6billion and all his additional stimulus crap to insure donations back to the criminal damnedocrats for the next assault on this once great nation, the United States is done. A peaceful correction of what the damnedocrats, the islamists and the treasonous appointees and the supremely dumbed down Supreme court America is gone. The GOP will become the flip side of the same coin and do the same thing in effort to make the damnedocrats like them. I’m 70, retired, and was responsible for my own health care choices, my own retirement monies, my own choices, now that this garbage is happening, I am just hoping I will be able to outrun the crash coming. 4nick8ing damnedocrats, rino’s, dumb mass voters and socialists, rot in hell all of you.

    • metroman

      The correct term is Republicrates! No such thing as Democrat/Republican left/right paradigm, just an illusion.

    • GM

      Ted,
      My sentiments exactly!!!!!!! Well said!

    • Jeanette

      This confirmed my earlier decision that it is time to flee the country, before some American Iron Curtain comes down:

      http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/

    • http://AOL JANE

      I THINK THE PEOPLE WE ELECT TO REPRESENT US IN THE CONGRESS AND THE SENATE FORGET THEY ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE PEOPLE. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE THEY HAVE PLACED THEMSELVES ABOVE US. ALL THE RULES AND ETC., MADED FOR THE REST OF US DOES NOT APPLY TO THEM. TOO MANY OLD TIMERS THAT MAKE A LOT OF THESE RULES AND SHOULD BE VOTED OUT. I BELIEVE IN TERM LIMITS. THE PRESIDENT HAS A TERM LIMIT AND SO SHOULD IT BE FOR OUR EMPLOYEES IN THE SENATE AND CONGRESS.

      • ranger09

        Jane, These People have never worked for US or our Country They belong to the Club, A small amount of people that only care about How rich and how much Power they can control.
        Last week my grandson and i was talking about Public Office, and i screwed up and said You can grow up and become President. Well he came back with SORRY Grandpa but will not happen, I said why, He replied I and my family are not Rich, We dont have rich friends, And also because Dad And You have taught me to Be Honest,have Honor,and be Respectful of others and what belongs to them,Proud to be an American and other things that would not allow me to be the President or hold other Political Offices. And you know i think hes right.

      • NativeBlood

        Just as soon as a candidate gets elected, they are indebted to the campaign contributors and when they are greeted by the lobbyists on that first day in office, the corruption is complete. They become employees of those that gave financial support and they forget who their districts or states were. In this case, Demint gets placed in a position of higher corruption and his endorsements will be at the behest of NEOCON city.

  • Robert Smith

    Quitter Palun seems to have cashed in too.

    Boils down to what looks like pure greed.

    Rob

    • Norm

      Pure greed and HYPOCRACY. Welcome to the world of neo-cons and teabaggers.

    • momo

      Hey Smith, where have you been? I miss your daily brutal Christian God comments.

  • metroman

    So what do they have on him? He can do more with Heritage? Do what? Do words of wisdom have more weight then actual legislation? Are you kidding me, again I ask what do they have on him? When it walks like a duck and talks like a duck; it’s a duck!

  • Jeanette

    There is no chance of saving this country if one party is going to be in charge permanently. The recent exposure of the 30-year old legal and binding agreement made by the Republicans, in which they agree never to investigate election fraud, shows that it is likely that soon the Democrat Party will be the Imperial Democrat Party.

    If the agreement cannot be canceled, then the Republican Party must be dissolved, and a new conservative party which is not bound by such an agreement must take its place.

    http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/

    Meanwhile, how DARE the Republicans sit on their hands after all the election fraud in 2008, refusing to tell us why fraud would be allowed put Obama back into office this year?

    • mark

      The reason is obvious. The Republican party is made up solely of Muslim, Communist traitors to our nation. And with your naivete regarding the twisted nonsense on cuckoo-clock right-wing blogs (that you cite), you are probably just gullible enough to believe that! What a joke! Obama won! Get over it!

      • MNIce

        mark, you have just unmasked your ignorance of the makeup of the Republican Party. 90+% of the party is made up of conservatives, mostly Christian, who are often frustrated with the substantial fraction of their candidates who get Potomac fever and forget how to be conservative and sometimes how to be Christian. If you would read the Republican Party state platforms, you would be amazed at how conservative, and even libertarian, many of them are. For example, the Minnesota Republican Party has for more than ten years been calling for the elimination of the federal income tax and permitting young people to manage all of their own retirement investments instead of being forced to put some into the Social “Security” Ponzi scheme. And this was before the Ron Paul activists achieved a prominent role in the state party leadership.

    • carrobin

      The Republicans don’t want to “look into” fraud because they’re the ones fixing the machines. (Diebold is a conservative company. Romney’s son has a financial interest in a voting machine business.) And the Republicans are the ones trying to pass laws that will prevent Democrats from voting. It’s so obvious that knee-jerk neocons can’t even see it.

      • MNIce

        Republicans are trying pass laws to prevent votes being cast in the names of dead people, fictitious people, or by mass production (colloquially known as ballot box stuffing) or non-citizens. Are you saying all Democrats fit into one of these categories? That would be a real surprise to the real, live Democrats I know. Republicans have no problem with real, live, citizen Democrats voting; they have the right to make foolish choices, even if the rest of us have to live with the consequences. We should all recognize we have a real problem with Democrats cheating to get a false majority for their foolish choices.

      • NativeBlood

        Diebold is a conservative company. Romney’s son
        _____________________________________________________________
        Dang! I heard this remark several times after Bush’s re-election except it was
        Cheney and Halliburton in place of Romney.
        Conservative?…No not! a conservative is often confused by NEOCONS! A conservative
        is a conservative of the constitution. A NEOCON is a traitor to this country. 90 percent of the republican party is saturated with corporate paid NEOCONS. Know the difference, it is a rather big one.

  • Texas Rebel

    It sounds like a golden parachute for a right-leaning conservative who has given up and selling out to the Heritage Foundation which badly needs to cover its neocon image if it is going to cash in on Democratic outrages with conservative donors. With Reed firmly in the drivers seat, Demint would prefer to cash in on his conservative credentials than fight a losing battle and he will certainly be paid in proportion to the donations his name will attract.
    I predict that Sen Demint will bend more than the Heritage Foundation will. A shame that he did not join up with the Tea Party or Campaign for Liberty, but he went for the big salary even though he has a very cushy retirement for life from taxpayers.
    Bibi and his massadnik friends are no doubt elated to have a strong advocate for the warfare state and to to be rid of Demint in the Senate.

  • mark

    DeMint cashed in just like Quitter Palin. He didn’t want to stick around in an increasingly Democratic-controlled Senate where his hard-right views are irrelevant. So now he can join the Conservative echo-chamber that Heritage is and make the really big bucks to show his solidarity with the long-suffering American people. This may actually lead to some Republican-style job creation as DeMint may hire an extra maid, chauffeur, and cook once he is at Heritage (they will probably all be illegals as well, better that way, you don’t have to pay their Social Security and you can sleep with them anytime you want. They can’t call the cops, right?)

    Dick “Blowhard ” Armey just got booted from the Tea Party’s Freedom Works with an $8 million severance package. You’ve got to hand it to these Republican geniuses who all predicted an easy Romney win, they sure know how to create weath – for themselves. But hey, the conservative donor “suckers” just keep mailing them the cash, from the Koch Brothers (gee, we thought we could buy an election?! Boo-hoo!) to Bubba in the trailer park. Keep sending these guys your Tea Party pennies. They need them a helluva lot more than you do! It not easy maintaining two or three mansions, some of them in the Caribbean, plus staff, mistresses, yacht crews on call, Lear Jet pilots at the ready. And its such a pest having to make reservations at all those five-star restaurants by yourself. It is so less stressful to have a personal assistant make the call for you. Catch you later, I’m off to Mickey D’s to get an Egg McMuffin. It’s my lucky day: I’ve got a 50 cent off coupon.

    • speedle

      Mark, based on your last comment it is clear you are one of those class envy losers that helped perpetuate the Obama tyranny for another four years. I suppose there is nothing much that can be done about your attitude and those that think like you. You will never be satisfied until everyone shares your meager unfulfilled drab and uninspired existence.

      However, in the meantime you can at least get your facts more in line with the truth. You rant about the Koch brothers and other conservative big money contributors seemingly without any awareness that the liberal/statist funding from the wealthy makes the GOP look like proceeds from a church cake sale. I am sure you have heard of Georgy Soros and hundreds like him. Perhaps you are even aware that the vast majority of senatorial “wealth” is held by democrats. We haven’t even yet mentioned the corrupt unions that steal membership money to buy favors from the dictator.

      Oh well, I am quite sure you will little note the facts.

      • mark

        No, I don’t envy the wealthy. Good luck to them. But I don’t think they are better than anyone just because they have more money. Lots of them inherited it or got a huge head start in life over hundreds of millions of poor, working class and middle class folk. What I don’t like are political sharpies and operators like DeMint and Armey who manipulate people into sending them millions much of which they rake off for their own luxurious lifestyles instead of devoting to the causes that ordinary people believe in and that the fat cats exploit. I also don’t like George Soros making huge political contributions anymore than I do the Koch Brothers, Adelson, or union PACs. Big money is warping and manipulating democratic debate. It should be outlawed from politics. But the conservative Supreme Court calls it free speech, so the rich from both wings pour it on in hopes of buying elections. The whole thing is sick and perverted – not free speech

    • MNIce

      mark, it you want to get rid of the influence of money on politics, you’ll have to get rid of the influence of politics on money. If the federal government would stick to its constitutional enumerated powers but otherwise stay out of the people’s business, businesses would have no need to buy politicians. Greedy politicians know full well what they’re doing – they can use laws and regulations or the threat thereof to shake down people for contributions and votes.

      Abusive government is one of the biggest rackets on the planet. That’s why a republican form of government is “wholly unsuited for any other than a religious people,” for religious people, in the sense John Adams meant the term, know they are answerable to God if they make choices corrupted by covetousness. Non-religious people are more prone to choose for personal gain rather than to protect the liberty of their neighbors.

  • Norm

    Now for the U.S. Senate, I am sure many senators on both sides are clicking their heels. DeMint has been a destructive force, threatening to primary colleagues, resisting all deals and offering very little in the way of attainable legislation. He has contributed more than any current senator to the dysfunction of that body. He has worsened relations between the House and Senate, as he did in the budget fights in recent years, by meddling and pressuring his home state representative. His departure leaves other senators who seemed impressed with his brand of politics free to find their way to a more constructive position in the body.

  • jopa

    The Democratic party did make out great because of Jim De Mint and the Teabagger messages that America overwhelmingly rejected in the last election.We all wish Jim great success in his future endeavors to further strengthen the Democratic party for decades to come.America needs more people like him to truly expose the idiotic ideas proposed by some groups such as pledges to never raise taxes and stifle America into a totally frozen climate of nothing accomplished and sending us back to the past era of people dying homeless, no insurances, uneducated and no hope for a future.

    • MNIce

      “overwhelmingly rejected”? Which Dreamland are you in this week? Check the election results for the House of Representatives – it’s not an “overwhelming rejection” of the Tea Party. The election was a narrow vote for the status quo, unsatisfactory as that is.

      This country is sharply, but almost evenly divided between the producers and the takers. By hook or by crook, the takers managed to get a small popular majority vote count for Mr. Obama, but the results in a number of key states are highly questionable.

  • Kim

    And DeMind will continue to draw his U.S. Senate pay for the rest of his life and have all those nice little benefits they have voted in for themselves. He can go off and head the best or the worst think tank and never have a worry for his life. He just opened the door for someone else to step into that freedom for life seat in the Senate.
    The whole thing makes me sick.
    Those people fully believe they are better than anyone else in this country and insure we all know it.

    • ranger09

      Kim, So right. The few control the many, We just keep on following the Bell. Sheep are just meat on their table.

  • ONTIME

    The R’s had better make it a mission to point out that the number of those not paying income tax are now overwhelming the wealth source that has allowed the non payers to exist as parasites because of the progressive tax system and the intrusion of large expensive government. This tax system did exactly wht it was designed to do make the cost of government and all it’s entitlement programs to expensive for the private sector to afford, therefore if it continues we can all look forward to being equally poor and abused by a non representative government…again
    The founding fathers went thru a great deal to help us have a self reliant future, those who think like communist have spent much time dismantling all that one of a kind historical tribute to man’s freedoms…man’s greed is infintisimal.

  • Motov

    Here is something everyone needs to know especially you democrats out there,…

    This is long, but well worth the time to read and ponder……

    This Texas lawyer, himself recipient of an Honorary Degree,
    is obviously opinionated, but to say what he does,
    in a commencement address a couple of weeks ago, in front of
    a class of Texas A & M graduates, and especially the faculty,
    is amazing. I would have loved to have been there just to see
    the faculty reaction.

    Commencement Address (Texas A&M) Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 04:14:32

    This should be considered must-reading for every adult in North America .
    It is extremely rare that anyone speaks the truth like this at
    any College or High School Commencement Address.

    Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas AGGIE (Texas A&M),
    and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta ..
    His commencement address to the graduates of this years Texas
    A&M class is far different from what either the students or the
    faculty expected. His views are thought provoking.

    ‘I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion.
    It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you;
    you’ll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet
    your tassels I’m not here to impress the faculty and administration.
    You may not like much of what I have to say, and that’s fine.
    You will remember it though. Especially after about 10 years out there
    in the real world. This, it goes without saying, does not apply to those
    of you who will seek your careers and your fortunes as government employees.

    This gowned gaggle behind me is your faculty. You’ve heard the old
    saying that those who can – do. Those who can’t – teach. That sounds
    deliciously insensitive. But there is often raw truth in insensitivity,
    just as you often find feel-good falsehoods and lies in compassion.
    Say good-bye to your faculty because now you are getting ready to go
    out there and do. These folks behind me are going to stay right here
    and teach.

    By the way, just because you are leaving this place with a diploma
    doesn’t mean the learning is over. When an FAA flight examiner handed
    me my private pilot’s license many years ago, he said, ‘Here, this is
    your ticket to learn.’ The same can be said for your diploma. Believe
    me, the learning has just begun.

    Now, I realize that most of you consider yourselves Liberals.
    In fact, you are probably very proud of your liberal views.
    You care so much. You feel so much. You want to help so much.
    After all you’re a compassionate and caring person, aren’t you now?
    Well, isn’t that just so extraordinarily special. Now, at this age,
    is as good a time as any to be a liberal; as good a time as any to know
    absolutely everything. You have plenty of time, starting tomorrow,
    for the truth to set in.

    Over the next few years, as you begin to feel the cold breath of reality
    down your neck, things are going to start changing pretty fast…
    including your own assessment of just how much you really know.

    So here are the first assignments for your initial class in reality:
    Pay attention to the news, read newspapers, and listen to the words
    and phrases that proud Liberals use to promote their causes. Then,
    compare the words of the left to the words and phrases you hear from
    those evil, heartless, greedy conservatives. From the Left you will hear
    ‘I feel.’ From the Right you will hear ‘I think.’ From the Liberals you
    will hear references to groups — The Blacks, the Poor, The Rich,
    The Disadvantaged, The Less Fortunate. From the Right you will hear
    references to individuals. On the Left you hear talk of group rights;
    on the Right, individual rights.

    That about sums it up, really: Liberals feel. Liberals care. They are pack
    animals whose identity is tied up in group dynamics. Conservatives and
    Libertarians think — and, setting aside the theocracy crowd, their
    identity is centered on the individual.

    Liberals feel that their favored groups have enforceable rights to the property
    and services of productive individuals. Conservatives and Libertarians,
    I among them I might add, think that individuals have the right to protect
    their lives and their property from the plunder of the masses.

    In college you developed a group mentality, but if you look closely at your
    diplomas you will see that they have your individual names on them.
    Not the name of your school mascot, or of your fraternity or sorority,
    but your name. Your group identity is going away. Your recognition and
    appreciation of your individual identity starts now.

    If, by the time you reach the age of 30, you do not consider yourself
    to be a libertarian or a conservative, rush right back here as quickly
    as you can and apply for a faculty position. These people will welcome
    you with open arms. They will welcome you, that is, so long as you haven’t
    developed an individual identity. Once again you will have to be willing
    to sign on to the group mentality you embraced during the past four years.

    Something is going to happen soon that is going to really open your eyes.
    You’re going to actually get a full time job!

    You’re also going to get a lifelong work partner.
    This partner isn’t going to help you do your job.
    This partner is just going to sit back and wait for payday.
    This partner doesn’t want to share in your effort, but in your earnings.

    Your new lifelong partner is actually an agent; an agent representing
    a strange and diverse group of people; an agent for every teenager with
    an illegitimate child; an agent for a research scientist who wanted
    to make some cash answering the age-old question of why monkeys grind
    their teeth. An agent for some poor demented hippie who considers herself
    to be a meaningful and talented artist, but who just can’t manage to sell
    any of her artwork on the open market.

    Your new partner is an agent for every person with limited, if any,
    job skills, but who wanted a job at City Hall. An agent or tin-horn
    dictators in fancy military uniforms grasping for American foreign aid.
    An agent for multi-million- dollar companies who want someone else to pay
    for their overseas advertising. An agent for everybody who wants to use
    the unimaginable power of this agent’s for their personal enrichment and benefit.

    That agent is our wonderful, caring, compassionate, oppressive government.
    Believe me, you will be awed by the unimaginable power this agent has.
    Power that you do not have, A power that no individual has, or will have.
    This agent has the legal power to use force, deadly force to accomplish its goals.

    You have no choice here. Your new friend is just going to walk up to you,
    introduce itself rather gruffly, hand you a few forms to fill out,
    and move right on in. Say hello to your own personal one ton gorilla.
    It will sleep anywhere it wants to.

    Now, let me tell you, this agent is not cheap. As you become successful
    it will seize about 40% of everything you earn. And no, I’m sorry,
    there just isn’t any way you can fire this agent of plunder, and you
    can’t decrease its share of your income. That power rests with him, not you.

    So, here I am saying negative things to you about government.
    Well, be clear on this: It is not wrong to distrust government.
    It is not wrong to fear government. In certain cases it is not
    even wrong to despise government for government is inherently evil.
    Yes … a necessary evil, but dangerous nonetheless … somewhat
    like a drug. Just as a drug that in the proper dosage can save your life,
    an overdose of government can be fatal.

    Now let’s address a few things that have been crammed into your minds at
    this university. There are some ideas you need to expunge as soon as possible.
    These ideas may work well in academic environment, but they fail miserably
    out there in the real world.

    First is that favorite buzz word of the media, government and academia:
    Diversity! You have been taught that the real value of any group of people –
    be it a social group, an employee group, a management group, whatever –
    is based on diversity. This is a favored liberal ideal because diversity
    is based not on an individual’s abilities or character, but on a person’s
    identity and status as a member of a group. Yes, it’s that liberal group
    identity thing again.

    Within the great diversity movement group identification – be it racial,
    gender based, or some other minority status – means more than the individual’s
    integrity, character or other qualifications.

    Brace yourself. You are about to move from this academic atmosphere
    where diversity rules, to a workplace and a culture where individual
    achievement and excellence actually count. No matter what your
    professors have taught you over the last four years, you are about
    to learn that diversity is absolutely no replacement for excellence,
    ability, and individual hard work. From this day on every single time
    you hear the word ‘diversity’ you can rest assured that there is
    someone close by who is determined to rob you of every vestige of
    individuality you possess.

    We also need to address this thing you seem to have about ‘rights.’
    We have witnessed an obscene explosion of so-called ‘rights’ in the
    last few decades, usually emanating from college campuses.

    You know the mantra: You have the right to a job. The right to a place to live.
    The right to a living wage. The right to health care. The right to an education.
    You probably even have your own pet right – the right to a Beemer for
    instance, or the right to have someone else provide for that child you
    plan on downloading in a year or so.

    Forget it. Forget those rights! I’ll tell you what your rights are!
    You have a right to live free, and to the results of 60% -75% of your labor.
    I’ll also tell you have no right to any portion of the life or labor of another.

    You may, for instance, think that you have a right to health care. After all,
    Hillary said so, didn’t she? But you cannot receive healthcare unless some
    doctor or health practitioner surrenders some of his time – his life – to you.
    He may be willing to do this for compensation, but that’s his choice.
    You have no ‘right’ to his time or property. You have no right to his
    or any other person’s life or to any portion thereof.

    You may also think you have some ‘right’ to a job; a job with a living wage,
    whatever that is. Do you mean to tell me that you have a right to force your
    services on another person, and then the right to demand that this person
    compensate you with their money? Sorry, forget it. I am sure you would
    scream if some urban outdoorsmen (that would be ‘homeless person’ for those
    of you who don’t want to give these less fortunate people a romantic
    and adventurous title) came to you and demanded his job and your money.

    The people who have been telling you about all the rights you have are simply
    exercising one of theirs – the right to be imbeciles. Their being imbeciles
    didn’t cost anyone else either property or time. It’s their right, and they
    exercise it brilliantly.

    By the way, did you catch my use of the phrase ‘less fortunate’ a bit ago
    when I was talking about the urban outdoorsmen? That phrase is a favorite
    of the Left. Think about it, and you’ll understand why.

    To imply that one person is homeless, destitute, dirty, drunk, spaced out on drugs,
    unemployable, and generally miserable because he is ‘less fortunate’
    is to imply that a successful person – one with a job, a home and a future –
    is in that position because he or she was ‘fortunate.’ The dictionary
    says that fortunate means ‘having derived good from an unexpected place.’
    There is nothing unexpected about deriving good from hard work.
    There is also nothing unexpected about deriving misery from choosing drugs,
    alcohol, and the street.

    If the Liberal Left can create the common perception that success and failure
    are simple matters of ‘fortune’ or ‘luck,’ then it is easy to promote and
    justify their various income redistribution schemes. After all, we are
    just evening out the odds a little bit. This ‘success equals luck’ idea
    the liberals like to push is seen everywhere. Former Democratic presidential
    candidate Richard Gephardt refers to high-achievers as ‘people who have
    won life’s lottery.’ He wants you to believe they are making the big bucks
    because they are lucky. It’s not luck, my friends. It’s choice. One of
    the greatest lessons I ever learned was in a book by Og Mandino, entitled
    ‘The Greatest Secret in the World.’ The lesson? Very simple:
    ‘Use wisely your power of choice.’

    That bum sitting on a heating grate, smelling like a wharf rat?
    He’s there by choice. He is there because of the sum total of the
    choices he has made in his life. This truism is absolutely the hardest
    thing for some people to accept, especially those who consider
    themselves to be victims of something or other – victims of discrimination,
    bad luck, the system, capitalism, whatever. After all, nobody really
    wants to accept the blame for his or her position in life.
    Not when it is so much easier to point and say, ‘Look! He did this to me!’
    than it is to look into a mirror and say, ‘You S. O. B.! You did this to me!’

    The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact
    that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either
    success or failure, however you define those terms.

    Some of the choices are obvious: Whether or not to stay in school Whether
    or not to get pregnant. Whether or not to hit the bottle. Whether or not
    to keep this job you hate until you get another better-paying job. Whether
    or not to save some of your money, or saddle yourself with huge payments
    for that new car.

    Some of the choices are seemingly insignificant: Whom to go to the movies with.
    Whose car to ride home in. Whether to watch the tube tonight, or read a
    book on investing. But, and you can be sure of this, each choice counts.
    Each choice is a building block – some large, some small.
    But each one is a part of the structure of your life. If you make the
    right choices, or if you make more right choices than wrong ones,
    something absolutely terrible may happen to you. Something unthinkable.
    You, my friend, could become one of the hated, the evil, the ugly,
    the feared, the filthy, the successful, the rich.

    The rich basically serve two purposes in this country. First, they provide
    the investments, the investment capital, and the brains for the formation
    of new businesses. Businesses that hire people. Businesses that send
    millions of paychecks home each week to the un-rich.

    Second, the rich are a wonderful object of ridicule, distrust, and hatred.
    Few things are more valuable to a politician than the envy most Americans
    feel for the evil rich.

    Envy is a powerful emotion. Even more powerful than the emotional minefield
    that surrounded Bill Clinton when he reviewed his last batch of White House
    interns. Politicians use envy to get votes and power. And they keep that
    power by promising the envious that the envied will be punished:
    ‘The rich will pay their fair share of taxes if I have anything to do with it.
    The truth is that the top 10% of income earners in this country pays
    almost 50% of all income taxes collected. I shudder to think what these
    job producers would be paying if our tax system were any more ‘fair.’

    You have heard, no doubt, that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
    Interestingly enough, our government’s own numbers show that many of the
    poor actually get richer, and that quite a few of the rich actually get
    poorer. But for the rich who do actually get richer, and the poor who
    remain poor … there’s an explanation — a reason. The rich, you see,
    keep doing the things that make them rich; while the poor keep doing the
    things that make them poor.

    Speaking of the poor, during your adult life you are going to hear an
    endless string of politicians bemoaning the plight of the poor So,
    you need to know that under our government’s definition of ‘poor’
    you can have a $5 million net worth, a $300,000 home and a new
    $90,000 Mercedes, all completely paid for. You can also have a maid,
    cook, and valet, and $ million in your checking account, and you can
    still be officially defined by our government as ‘living in poverty.’
    Now there’s something you haven’t seen on the evening news.

    How does the government pull this one off? Very simple, really.
    To determine whether or not some poor soul is ‘living in poverty,’
    the government measures one thing — just one thing. Income.
    It doesn’t matter one bit how much you have, how much you own,
    how many cars you drive or how big they are, whether or not your pool
    is heated, whether you winter in Aspen and spend the summers in the Bahamas,
    or how much is in your savings account. It only matters how much income you
    claim in that particular year. This means that if you take a one-year
    leave of absence from your high-paying job and decide to live off the
    money in your savings and checking accounts while you write the next
    great American novel, the government says you are ‘living in poverty.’

    This isn’t exactly what you had in mind when you heard these gloomy
    statistics, is it? Do you need more convincing? Try this. The government’s
    own statistics show that people who are said to be ‘living in poverty’
    spend more than $1.50 for each dollar of income they claim. Something
    is a bit fishy here. Just remember all this the next time Charles Gibson
    tells you about some hideous new poverty statistics.

    Why has the government concocted this phony poverty scam? Because the
    government needs an excuse to grow and to expand its social welfare
    programs, which translates into an expansion of its power.
    If the government can convince you, in all your compassion,
    that the number of ‘poor’ is increasing, it will have all the excuse
    it needs to sway an electorate suffering from the advanced stages of
    Obsessive-Compulsive Compassion Disorder.

    I’m about to be stoned by the faculty here. They’ve already changed
    their minds about that honorary degree I was going to get. That’s OK,
    though. I still have my PhD. in Insensitivity from the Neal Boortz
    Institute for Insensitivity Training. I learned that, in short,
    sensitivity sucks. It’s a trap. Think about it – the truth knows
    no sensitivity. Life can be insensitive. Wallow too much in sensitivity
    and you’ll be unable to deal with life, or the truth So, get over it.

    Now, before the dean has me shackled and hauled off, I have a few random thoughts.

    * You need to register to vote, unless you are on welfare.
    If you are living off the efforts of others, please do us the favor
    of sitting down and shutting up until you are on your own again.

    * When you do vote, your votes for the House and the Senate are more
    important than your vote for president. The House controls the purse strings,
    so concentrate your awareness there.

    * Liars cannot be trusted, even when the liar is the president of the country.
    If someone can’t deal honestly with you, send them packing.

    * Don’t bow to the temptation to use the government as an instrument of plunder.
    If it is wrong for you to take money from someone else who earned it —
    to take their money by force for your own needs — then it is certainly just
    as wrong for you to demand that the government step forward and do this
    dirty work for you.

    * Don’t look in other people’s pockets. You have no business there.
    What they earn is theirs. What you earn is yours Keep it that way.
    Nobody owes you anything, except to respect your privacy and your rights,
    and leave you the hell alone.

    * Speaking of earning, the revered 40-hour workweek is for losers Forty
    hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don’t see highly
    successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at five.
    The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour.
    The winners drive home in the dark.

    * Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech,
    by definition, needs no protection.

    * Finally (and aren’t you glad to hear that word), as Og Mandino wrote,

    ’1. Proclaim your rarity. Each of you is a rare and unique human being.

    2. Use wisely your power of choice.

    3. Go the extra mile .. drive home in the dark.

    Oh, and put off buying a television set as long as you can. Now,
    if you have any idea at all what’s good for you, you will get the
    hell out of here and never come back.

    Class dismissed’

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Motov says: “Here is something everyone needs to know…”
    Perhaps Motov meant to say ‘everyone needs to READ” because there is nothing much to KNOW here. One listens to opinions, which is what Boortz offers, and doesn’t always take away FACTS, which are really the only things that can be “known”.

    “Obviously opinionated”? Yep, just like that Gasbag Rush, who I would bet is Boortz’s idol. I do certainly think that he would like to make the $50 million per year that The Gasbag “earns”, and he is certainly on his way to greater notoriety with this speech.

    “This is long, but well worth the time to read and ponder……” That is true only because it a good example of the kind of horsepucky that we hear from the right and the kind of mentality that would pervade our government if we ever put the Romneys and Ryans in a position of power.

    “….to say what he does…..is amazing” Not at all amazing from a “conservative talk show host” who is an intellectual whore and who panders to the ignorant to boost his ratings..

    “I would have loved to have been there just to see the faculty reaction”. Me too—this guy and his speech represent everything that “education” does NOT stand for and the vast majority of the faculty were likely embarrassed for the institution. Having sat on the stage during commencement exercises many times myself, I can hear them whispering to each other and saying such things as “Where did we find this clown?”

    Motov should be embarrassed also for posting it here and suggesting it is “must reading” for anyone but those on the right that must constantly reinforce each others’ ignorance.

  • Dave67

    Good riddence… He is going for the money like a typical washington slimeball politician. Until we solve our largest problem, big money in the poltical process, this country will be stuck in neutral.

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