Senator Jim DeMint, at the National Press Club last night:
Part of what we're trying to do in Saving Freedom is just show that where we are, we're about where Germany was before World War II where they became a social democracy. You still had votes but the votes were just power grabs like you see in Iran, and other places in South America, like Chavez is running down in Venezuela. People become more dependent on the government so that they're easy to manipulate. And they keep voting for more government because that's where their security is.I'm not exactly sure of DeMint's point here. Is he saying that a social democracy can't really be a democracy because it always tumbles into tyranny, or is he saying that the current administration is planning a power grab and will use bogus elections to get it? I mean, when you invoke Iran today, you're invoking the specter of a stolen election, and no one on the right believes that Chavez actually won his elections (though UN election watchers have said otherwise).
If he's arguing the first point, that social democracy can't really exist, then I'd suggest he look at the very successful social democracies in western Europe. He's more than welcome to dislike the welfare state--even though his state would be in a damn sight worse condition if it weren't for federal government largesse--but he'd be better off if he kept the stupid at a minimum.