Now or Never, Saving America from Economic Collapse by Senator Jim DeMint. During a lifetime of reading, I have read thousands of books. Except for a handful of truly bad books, I have read all of them from cover to cover since I like to finish what I start. I tried to read Jim DeMint’s earlier book, Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America’s Slide into Socialism, but gave up halfway through. When DeMint announced that he was resigning from the US Senate to work for the Heritage Foundation, I decided to try again. Now or Never is no better and no worse than Saving Freedom. Both books are full of mistakes and misleading statements, many sourced from Heritage Foundation publications.
My favorite mistake in the book occurs on page 90 and again later in the book. DeMint is advocating a constitutional amendment, Cut, Cap and Balance, and in error he states that constitutional amendments must be passed by a two-thirds vote of Congress (correct) and approved by two-thirds of the states (wrong). Constitutional amendments must be approved by three-quarters or 38 of the states. For someone who worships the US Constitution, that is an embarrassing mistake, made not just once, but twice.
DeMint is completely against compromise. So it is probably best that is resigning from the Senate to head the Heritage Foundation. When he was elected, Ronald Reagan relied on a Heritage Foundation publication for guidance on policy. Thus we owe our present sad state of affairs to Reagan and the Heritage Foundation. Reagan’s drift to the right stopped in 2004 or before. The Heritage Foundation continues to evolve farther and farther to the right. If DeMint insists on defeating Democrats rather than working with them, I think that Democrats are justified in defeating both DeMint and Heritage.
- Jim DeMint to Leave Senate to Run Heritage Foundation (nytimes.com)
- Heritage Foundation: Jim DeMint’s Triumph (conservativeread.com)