Some liberals want to demonize as reckless the traditional entrepreneurial spirit of America. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, will have none of it and is taking that notion head-on into the media with his new book "Falling in Love With America Again." DeMint is championing the "little platoons" that meet human needs at the neighborhood level and judging their effectiveness against that of big government redistributing our wealth through an enormous, inefficient bureaucracy.
DeMint illustrates just how huge the government is: "In 2010, Medicare fraud was estimated to be $60 billion, or about seven times as much as the combined profits of the nation's ten largest insurance companies. Compared to the federal government, the largest corporation in America is a mom-and-pop store."
It is a monstrosity that cannot be controlled. DeMint writes, "No manager in the history of mankind has ever efficiently managed a $3.5 trillion organization with 4.5 million employees, let alone the $5.8 trillion government President Obama's official budget envisions for fiscal year 2022."
In order to tell his story of America to America, DeMint is traveling deep into hostile media territory. NPR anchor Audie Cornish seemed confused by the talk of "little platoons." She said platoons are divisions, and "that has been the criticism leveled at where politics are going, that it's more divisive."
DeMint replied: "Well, it's divisive when someone at a central level is making a one-size-fits-all decision for all of us. You and I can get along just fine until someone walks in and says you have to do what I do. Then we get mad at each other and whoever told us what we have to do that."
DeMint also shocked Cornish when he said he accomplished more for his local community in South Carolina as a private citizen than he did in the Senate, surely an alien concept to anyone working at NPR.
Then DeMint took on Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" and again met the liberal buzz saw: When DeMint said, "Our hearts are in the same place," Stewart put on his trademark smirk and declared, "No they're not!" He blamed DeMint's Heritage Action for causing the government shutdown.