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Senate Proceeding on Jul 16th, 2009 :: 5:18:25 to 5:30:40
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Jim DeMint

5:18:22 to 5:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: against considers her nomination. i thank the i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from south carolina. . demint: thank you, mr. president.

Jim DeMint

5:18:25 to 5:30:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

5:18:44 to 5:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i ask united states andrew jillson of my staff be given floor privileges throughout the duration of debate on depart authorization action. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. demint: thank you, mr. president.

Jim DeMint

5:19:06 to 5:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i think we have to, i think say that there are some amazing proposals that have been coming out of the house and the senate in the last few weeks. and some fairly desperate economic times when the job loss is at some of its highest rates in years, when spendin borrowing and debt have gone

Jim DeMint

5:19:30 to 5:19:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: through the roof, it's pretty amazing we've come out with proposals like cap and trade thatill add huge taxes on electrickist and other energy when we should be doing all we can to create more energy in our country and lower the cost, if possible, for americans.

Jim DeMint

5:19:52 to 5:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it's pretty amazing to me we would consider adding taxes and cost, on to the cost of living when so many are out of work and we're in very difficult economic times. proposal that congressal budget act says will hurt our economy. it's going to ensure very few uninsured people.

Jim DeMint

5:20:15 to 5:20:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and it will cost trillions of dollars. again, at a time when we're having difficult paying interest on the debt that we already owe we've proposed this massive expansion of government and he we are today supposedly discussing the funding for our whole defense system in our country, the defense authorization bill, and the

Jim DeMint

5:20:37 to 5:20:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: majority has decided to add on to that hate crimes legislation. hate crimes legislation. it apparently scheduled a vote at 1:00 a.m. this morning for hate crimes legislation in the middle of defense authorization debate which

Jim DeMint

5:20:58 to 5:21:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: should be bipartisan, should focused on the defenses of our country, clear constitutional responsibility. but we're spending the day waiting for a cloture vote at 1:00 a.m. tomorrow among on hate crimes. there are many practical problems with this hate crime

Jim DeMint

5:21:20 to 5:21:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: amendment they are trying to force us to attach to the defense authorization bill. the broad language will unnecessarily extend federal law enforcement beyond its constitutional bounds. it will undermine the effectiveness and confidence of local law enforcement and it

Jim DeMint

5:21:42 to 5:22:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: will create conditions for arbitrary and politicized prosecution of certain cases. but instead of the practical problems i want to focus on basic fundamental problems with federal hate the rule of law requires we

Jim DeMint

5:22:03 to 5:22:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: oppose this amendment on principle. justice is blind and under the rule of law justice must be blind -- blind to the superficial circumstances of the victims and the defendants. the law says crime must be investigated and punished. and there is no edence to

Jim DeMint

5:22:25 to 5:22:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: suggest that crime defined by this are not being prosecuted today. this amendment is unnecessary as a matters of criminal law. there is enforcement benefit to create a

Jim DeMint

5:22:47 to 5:23:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: special class of crimes -- and i quote -- "the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national original gyp, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability of the victim." indeed, as a

Jim DeMint

5:23:08 to 5:23:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: this amendment is patently offensive. it is based on the premise that violence committed against certain kind of victims is worse and more in need of federal intervention than -- more in need of federal intervention and swift justice than if committed against swup else.

Jim DeMint

5:23:30 to 5:23:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i'm sure mos parents of a minority, homosexual or female victim would appreciate the extra concern but that also applies that certain crimes are better, for lack of a better word. and where does that lead the vast majority of victims' families who, because of the whims of political correctness,

Jim DeMint

5:23:51 to 5:24:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: are not entitled under this amendment to special status and attention? how can a victim's perceived status or the perpetrators perceived opinions possibly determine the severity of the crime? the 14th amendment explicitly

Jim DeMint

5:24:12 to 5:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: guarantees all citizens the equal protection of the laws. this amendment creates a special class of victims whose protection of the laws will be, in orwell's phrase "more equal and if some are more equal, others will be less equal. that is, this amendment will

Jim DeMint

5:24:35 to 5:24:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: create t senior problem it purports to let's talk about thought crimes for ainute. this amendment will move our nation a dangerous step closer to another orwellian concept -- thought crime. this legislation makes certain ideas criminal in that those

Jim DeMint

5:24:57 to 5:25:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: ideas involved in a crime makes that crime moreeserving of prosecution. the problem, of course, politicians are claiming the power to decide which thoughts are criminal and which are not. canadians right now live under this kind of regime where so-called human rights

Jim DeMint

5:25:18 to 5:25:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: commissions operating outside the law prosecute citizens for espousing opinions the commissioners disagree this is heightened by the last section of this hate crime amendment which says it does not allow prosecution upon an individual's expression

Jim DeMint

5:25:41 to 5:26:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: of religious beliefs. let me repeat be anyone expressing a religious opinion or value judge -- and i quote -- "prosecution based solely upon an individual's expression of religious beliefs."

Jim DeMint

5:26:02 to 5:26:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: two questions come to mind. first, if the hate amendment is really just about law enforcement why should it even need a restatement of the self-evident fact that religious expression is constitutionally protected? and second, why include the

Jim DeMint

5:26:24 to 5:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: adverb for the potential prosecution of people's religious speech so long as it is not part of a broader prosecution of the accused hater. today, only actions are crimes. if we pass this legislation, opinions will become crimes. what is to stop us from following the lead of european

Jim DeMint

5:26:46 to 5:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: countries and american college campuses where certain speech is criminalized? can priests, pastors, rabbis, be sure their preaching will not be prosecuted? canada, pastor steven boyson was

Jim DeMint

5:27:08 to 5:27:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: so prosecuted by the human rights commission for publishing letters critical of homosexuality, a biblical concept. or will this amendment serve as a warning to people not to speak out too loudly about their religious views les testimony federal law enforcement come knocking at their door.

Jim DeMint

5:27:29 to 5:27:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: what about the unintended consequences such as pedophiles and sex offenders claiming protected status as disabled under this legislation? there is though such thing as a criminal thought only criminal acts. once we endorse thought crimes where will we draw the line?

Jim DeMint

5:27:52 to 5:28:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and more importantly, who will draw the line? let me talk a little bit about equality and how it relates to this bill. if my own children were attacked in a violent crime justice, true justice demands their attackers

Jim DeMint

5:28:13 to 5:28:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: be pursued no more or no less than the attackers of any other children. we all say we want a color blind society, even judge sotomayor. but we cannot have a color-blind society if we continue to write color-conscious laws. our culture can't expect to treat people equally if

Jim DeMint

5:28:35 to 5:28:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: if the ruling class treats citizens not according to the content of their character but according to their race, sex, ethnicity or gender identity. as we wait thrgh the night to vote on this hate crimes bill,

Jim DeMint

5:28:56 to 5:29:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i'd encourage my colleagues, first of all, to set this thing aside and let's focus on it separately if it needs to be focused on. it's not part of a defense authorization bill. but they're holding the defense authorization bill hostages to other things like we did a few

Jim DeMint

5:29:17 to 5:29:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: weeks ago when we tried to pass a defense proposition bill and they attached a $100 billion give away to the international monetary fund. so in ord pport of our troops we had to vote to give away another $100 billion from american taxpayers. this hate crime legislation

Jim DeMint

5:29:39 to 5:29:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: makes no sense. it violates all the principles of equal justice under the law. it makes what we think and what we believe a crime rather than what we do. it asks judges and juries to determine what we were thinking when we were committing a crime instead of trying to decide what

Jim DeMint

5:30:00 to 5:30:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: we really did. this is not what's carved above the supreme court which says it violates all the principles we have talked about such as blind justice. a judge does not look at who is in front the facts of the case. hate

Jim DeMint

5:30:21 to 5:30:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: crimes violates everything fair in america and equal about a justice system. it makes no sense to bring it up. it makes lessens to bring it up under the defense authorization bill. i encourage my colleagues, particularly the majority, to withdrawal is bill and let us move ahe with the debate of the defense of our country.

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