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Democracy in Crisis: A DeMinted Constitutional Convention?

Democracy in Crisis: A DeMinted Constitutional Convention?

In the early years of the Obama era, then-Senator Jim DeMint embodied a series of contradictions in the American character. The hard-jawed and bitter-faced Sandlapper was simultaneously a theocrat, a cynic, and a salesman. What he sold, as salvation, was hate and fear. He realized before the rest of us that it does not matter what politicians say or do as long as they can demonize their enemies, turning them into villains that the American people can love to hate.

DeMint came from the fundamentalist, mill-village town of Greenville, South Carolina, nestled in the piedmont at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, not far from the North Carolina border. BMW and...

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