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  • Commentary posted February 10, 2015 by Jim DeMint Crony capitalism and Marxist generals

    As Congress holds hearings on President Obama’s change in Cuba policy, we are seeing the question of who in Havana will benefit from U.S. trade come up repeatedly. This focus is right on point. Unless Congress acts to stop it, the normalization of ties with Cuba would soon see crony capitalists here striking deals with Marxist generals there — all financed by the U.S.…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2015 by Jim DeMint, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. World to Washington: "Is Anybody Listening?"

    Nearly nine out of 10 Americans skipped President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. According to Nielsen, only 31.7 million tuned in on Jan. 20 -the second lowest viewership attracted by the event in 15 years.   Yet it's safe to assume that many, if not most, world leaders were quite curious to hear what the leader of the free world had to say, and our nation's…

  • Commentary posted January 20, 2015 by Jim DeMint Opportunity for all, favoritism to none

    Growing up, most Americans are taught to treat everyone fairly and recognize the importance of equality under the law. Despite political disagreements and the headache of elections and campaigns, we learn that a free society plays no favorites. Most of us still believe in that. Unfortunately, many in Washington, D.C., don't. You can see it in the way the federal…

  • Commentary posted December 29, 2014 by Jim DeMint Too many universities deal with unpopular speech by banning it

    Omar Mahmood, a junior at the University of Michigan, writes for both the mainstream campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and university’s alternative conservative publication, the Michigan Review. At least he used to, until he became academia’s latest victim of political correctness. Mr. Mahmood recently penned a brief satire of the “check your privilege” fad, claiming…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2014 by Jim DeMint Behold: The Great Congressional Landgrab of 2014

    Page 1,163 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) states: “The land conveyed under this subsection shall be used only as a motocross, bicycle, off-highway vehicle, or stock car racing area, or for any other public purpose consistent with uses allowed under the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the ‘Recreation and Public Purposes Act’)…” You may ask…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Jim DeMint The Injustice of Amnesty

    President Obama looks set to embark on a power play that will usurp the legislative power of Congress. The lives of untold thousands rest on that decision as well;  if he opts to decree amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in this country, it will encourage millions more to risk a treacherous, unlawful journey across our borders for the same…

  • Commentary posted September 10, 2014 by Jim DeMint Let the Ex-Im Bank expire

    In recent months, an obscure but controversial federal agency called the Export-Import Bank has made headlines across the country. The 80-year-old, taxpayer-funded institution unexpectedly finds itself fighting for its life. The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im for short) was created during the Depression to make loans to the Soviet Union so it could buy American products. This…

  • Commentary posted August 28, 2014 by Jim DeMint Tension between Korea-Japan is poison to Asia. U.S. Should Mediate.

    Editor’s Note: This news article was originally published in South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo Newspaper. The interview was conducted by JoongAng Ilbo Reporter, Jin Park. Boegum Choi, Asan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, provided the summarized translation. The original article can be accessed here.   "We hope for a positive China-Korea relationship as the result of Korean…

  • Commentary posted August 20, 2014 by Jim DeMint Why Congress Should Dispense With the Export-Import Bank

    Myron Brilliant, head of International Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently graced these pages with a stirring defense of how the taxpayer-funded Export-Import Bank is “indispensable.” He provided several anecdotes to demonstrate how the Ex-Im’s taxpayer-subsidized loans help “small businesses” that just couldn’t survive without the government financing…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2014 by Jim DeMint America, though challenged, still the land of opportunity

    The character of our culture has a lot to do with opportunity in America. I learned early on, from personal experience, that these two notions are intertwined. My two brothers, my sister and I were reared by our single mom with a work ethic that shaped who I am today. We struggled economically but my mother provided a model that showed us the importance of work and…

  • Commentary posted July 16, 2014 by Jim DeMint Border Crisis a Tragic Preview of Amnesty

    Last month, with thousands of children streaming across our southern border and thousands more detained in poor conditions, President Barack Obama declared the situation a "humanitarian crisis." I agree. Yet Obama's concern would carry more weight if he hadn't helped bring about the crisis in the first place and if his plans for amnesty weren't going to make it worse.…

  • Lecture posted July 8, 2014 by Jim DeMint Conserving the Promise of Freedom in Asia

    L‌et me start by thanking the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and Mr.‌ ‌Takagi in particular, for inviting me to Tokyo. I am very pleased to be here. As was mentioned, this is my first trip. It is my purpose today to offer you an American conservative vision of the values of free markets and free peoples that bind the U.S. and our allies and how these values shape American…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2014 by Jim DeMint, Michael A. Needham The Crony Capital

    This year’s turbulent primary season, which hit a crescendo this month with David Brat’s upset victory over House majority leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, is an opportunity for conservatives to reflect. Why have our political leaders struggled so much to capture the enthusiasm of the conservative grassroots? Why did…

  • Commentary posted March 30, 2014 by Jim DeMint Community service excels at local level

    In a couple of days I'm going to be in Philadelphia talking to folks at the National Constitution Center. I love visiting this city: The flood of history, the sheer number of great Americans who lived and worked in Philadelphia to bring our nation into being - and give it the best governing document in the world. It gets me every time. But I don't have to look too far…

  • Commentary posted February 7, 2014 by Jim DeMint Why should we trust Barack Obama on immigration reform?

    President Obama has been quite up-front about it: he refuses to enforce laws he dislikes and unilaterally changes others without the consent of Congress. The Supreme Court may soon have to decide the constitutionality of all this but, in the meantime, many are wondering why Congress would believe they can trust the president to work with them in good faith on any…