Jim DeMint Puts on a Clinic in GOP Stupidity With Claim the Constitution Freed Slaves


Heritage Foundation leader Jim DeMint put on a clinic in Republican stupidity by getting the Constitution and Declaration of Independence confused, and offering a warped theory of how the slaves were freed.

Audio and Transcript via Right Wing Watch:


DeMint: This progressive, the whole idea of being progressive is to progress away from those ideas that made this country great. What we’re trying to conserve as conservative are those things that work. They work today, they work for young people, they work for minorities and we can change this country and change its course very quickly if we just remember what works.

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. 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. 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. 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.

There were a lot of inaccuracies in Jim DeMint’s remarks. First, he confused the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Constitution doesn’t use the phrase all men are created equal. The Constitution did not free the slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive action that was taken by President Lincoln. The 13th Amendment was initiated at the federal level and fourthly, as Right Wing Watch pointed out, William Wilberforce died three decades before the Civil War.

With the level of ignorance that he demonstrated, it is hard to believe that Jim DeMint was once a United States Senator. It is no surprise that Republicans are as uninformed as they are with people like Jim DeMint leading conservative “think tanks.”

DeMint’s whole argument against the federal government and liberalism was undercut by his own mind numbing stupidity. This was more Glenn Beck style rewriting of history to fit the right wing view of what America ought to be.

Jim DeMint’s comments are proof that some Republicans have no idea what they are talking about, and should never be allowed anywhere near a position of power within the government.


18 Replies to “Jim DeMint Puts on a Clinic in GOP Stupidity With Claim the Constitution Freed Slaves”

  1. Conservative and think tank should never be used in the same sentence. You know when Newcombe asked that question he was just baiting the hook to see what kind of stupidity would fall out of his mouth.

  2. It’s amazing how frequently the Right Wing proves that they have NO clue whatsoever as to what the Constitution has to say. I do, however, love the pathetic attempt to take credit for the Liberal President who kept the nation together when people like DeMint started a war and tried to blow it up in order to protect their “right” to treat people as pieces of property.

  3. “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.”

    So demint is actually admitting that the govt. is not, in fact, by the people and for the people? Is that it? Of course slavery was ended by “the people” …. in the form of representation. The 13th amendment was passed while the southern states were still technically a confederacy, with no say in it.

    jim demint couldn’t last more than 30 seconds before I destroyed him in a debate …

  4. DeMint – 8 years a US Senator and not a single piece of legislation to his name. He was a clown as a Senator and he continues that legacy in his new role.

  5. Isn’t that the dumb senator that wanted the mars lander to look at the lunar landing site? LOL he sure is dumbb. them rupublitards just don’t learn nuthin no how anyways

  6. Jim deMint is Ted Cruz’s idol. Ted obsequiously retweets him and has fallen to the same epic level of dumbass derp that deMint has.

    Thinking is not a Republican’s province,

    This is what makes them Republicans. This is the number one thing that people need to understand about them.

    It’s much easier to be blind to the world’s ills than to be aware of them and fight to change them.

  7. Wilberforce also was British, not American. Wilberforce’s accomplishment was to end slavery throughout the British empire, but since the United States has separated from Britain, it continued slavery for 30 more years after the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

    The Constitution specifically allows slavery to exist, and provides for counting a slave as 3/5ths of a human being.

    Would slavery have ended without a government act to prohibit it? No, and the proof is that near-slavery continued for another 100 years, despite the law.

    The “Abraham Lincoln was a Republican” line is a complete joke–yes, the racist party used to be the Democratic party. But the positions have totally switched.

  8. The order of Jim Feces Mint would be right, How come this asshole feces is still around and staining the floor of the Senate?? Maybe the GOP are digging deeper in the shXt for their twisted answers for the clueless sheep!!!!……………….. joe

  9. And people wonder why I take such pride in breaking my foot off in GOP’s backside!! because your typical republican is incapable of intelligent thought! Case in point, jim demint, this is the same inbred HICK that jumped on his GOP/KKK soapbox and prophesied to his congregation of the DAMNED that we’ll usher in Obama’s “WATERLOO” well in typical republican form, the idiot NOT only didn’t USHER in Obama’s “WATERLOO” , he quit the senate and took his traveling medicine show and now works for the “heritage” clip joint foundation!! your typical everyday republican is too hopelessly IGNORANT to ask the burning question!! hey jim! what happened to your “WATERLOO” prediction?? and WHY the HELL did YOU quit the senate??? bottom line, republicans typically aren’t very bright people! so when I roost their dumbAS$ES here, it’s like taking candy from a BABY!! a VERY SLOW BABY! , no offence “TRIG PALIN”

  10. @Evelyn, AWESOME post! your everyday republicans are totally unaware that the GOP of 1865 have nothing, I repeat NOTHING in common with the GOP of the last 50 yrs!! it’s hilarious how republicans, especially WHITE republicans love to broadcast that Abraham Lincoln was a republican and then they immediately go into their song and dance how he freed the slaves!! first off I personally admired president Lincoln but unlike MOST republicans, I know his biography, Lincoln didn’t free the slaves just because it was the RIGHT thing, it was for economic reasons also. Todays GOP is simply the democratic party of the 19th century to 1964, and whats funny is if Abraham Lincoln were alive and ran as the GOP presidential candidate, HE’d BE STONED TO DEATH!! and so would saint reagan!! END OF!

  11. Hell’s bells, they just make it up. If it sounds good, say it! They know their base will cling to it like cling wrap!

  12. The saddest part is the population is actually that stupid. Did anyone catch the Colbert report on where most people though Ukraine was? Geez, a huge number thought it was in America. I guess they got University of Kansas and Kentucky mixed up or something. Hell, they had it all over the place, down in the Pacific around Australia or near South Viet Nam. So it is easy to see why poeple would believe this, I mean the Southern History has been skewed since the South fired on Ft. Sumter.

  13. What’s even more hilarious is the current senator Tim Scott last week referred to Jim Demint as the smartest person he ever met. WTF??? Only in South Carolina.

  14. Thank God these “people” were not our Founders. Still, these greedy “people” need to be kicked out of the public and private eyes.

  15. I did some study on how the Republican Party was formed.

    It’s membership came from Progressive Democrats and Progressive Whigs that opposed Slavery, and who knew they couldn’t get their original Party to oppose Slavery.

    The Party of Lincoln was made up of Progressives.

    Not ALL of the Progressive Whigs abandoned their Party immediately.

    They stayed and fought.

    By blocking the Presidential candidate proposed by the Pro-Slavery Whigs, they must have thought they were winning, but in fact that destroyed the Whig Party politically.

    It collapsed and the last of the Progressive Whigs flocked to the Republican Party.

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