Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quitting

Jim DeMint decided to quit the Senate.  Just like that (cue snapping fingers), it's time for (him) to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for America's future. At least, that's what his press release said.

Funny thing about that timing thing, Senator.  Your constituents elected you to serve them for six years.  The time frame was agreed upon when you interviewed for the job (cue election stump speech). Leaving early may suit your needs, but what about those of the people who chose you to represent them?  They didn't have much to say about your decision, did they? And now, they will have a newbie Senator in Washington, a representative chosen by one woman (albeit the Governor) rather than the entire electorate.  Were I a South Carolinian, I'd be pissed.

Mr. DeMint anticipated this line of attack. My constituents know that being a Senator was never going to be my career. I came to Congress as a citizen legislator and I've always been determined to leave it as citizen legislator, his press release went on to state. I think he's missing the point.

His career path notwithstanding, he took a job and didn't finish it out.  Invoking citizen legislator, conjuring up notions of our Founding Fathers returning to their farms after doing their duty for their country, seems somewhat disingenuous here.  He's not going back to a family business, left in the care of a relative while he went to serve the people.  He's going on
to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas. No organization is better equipped to lead this fight .....
So, working within the system lost its allure. Talking to Rush Limbaugh, DeMint conceded in the radio interview that "frustration" with Congress played into his decision to head up the conservative think tank instead of remaining in office.  

Now, there's a lesson he should have learned in elementary school.  Frustration is not an excuse for taking your ball and going home.  Was the gridlock and the petty bickering a surprise to him?  Was he not paying attention when he applied for the job?  Is it possible that he is the only human on the planet who thought that Congress was a malleable body?  

That's not the kind of leadership I was showing Christina-Taylor when I took her to shake Gabby's hand.  I was ready to introduce her to a woman who, despite all odds, took on a diverse district and made it her own.  She didn't turn her back on the frustrations, she learned to work within them, around them, in spite of them.  After all, she was hired by the voters to do a job.

As was Senator DeMint.    


4 comments:

  1. He quit for one million dollars a year, personal driver and car provided. I have read the Koch brothers provide a lot of the funds these days for Heritage. DeMint may or may not be influential in his new role (they have to quit having groups, that are really mostly lobbying arms, be called charities unless they do over 50% of their work for a charity not politics. As it stands they get all kinds of government benefits for being a charity including that donations to them are deductible as they are not for donations to the Presidential campaigns.

    I agree with you. He proved money is all he values which is how these guys see government-- goodies for the wealthy and let the middle class and poor be damned. I just hope Americans remember what is happening right now in Congress when we reach 2014. Every election has to be taken seriously and it's time states remembered they are electing someone to govern the whole nation not just get them pork.

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  2. There's nothing like selling out. People like DeMint really make me angry. When it gets tough, they just up and quit. Even Gabby didn't do that. She stayed as long as she could and she had a good reason for resigning. He was elected to Congress to do a job and just threw in the towel when it got too tough. Life is tough Jim and the message you have sent to your constituents is that when it gets tough, you just don't have the kahunas to do the right thing and stand up for your constituents. He's a sell out--pure and simple.

    I'm sure we will find out another reason soon of why he just up and quit--like he's had an affair or something else that would have had the ethics committee investigating him. If it's purely for the money and it got too tough for him, he's a pathetic excuse for a Congress person and good riddance. Let people that truly want to serve be in office.

    Happy Thursday.


    Megan xxx

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  3. How lovely to find that my outrage is shared by the denizens of The Burrow.
    a/b

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