Jim DeMint, currently head of the Heritage Foundation, is attempting to rewrite American history by claiming it wasn’t government at all that freed the slaves — no, it was Christians and the Constitution.
Never mind the fact that it took government fighting the Civil War to end slavery and write its abolition into the Constitution via an amendment. Never mind that there were also Christians using the Bible to defend slavery (hell, some of them are doing that today). Jim DeMint don’t need no stinkin’ facts.
DeMint: “Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people. Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to ‘all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights’ in the mind of God. But a lot of the move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government. It came from a growing movement among the people, particularly people of faith, that this was wrong. People like Wilberforce who persisted for years because of his faith and because of his love for people. So no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves. In fact, it was Abraham Lincoln, the very first Republican, who took this on as a cause and a lot of it was based on a love in his heart that comes from God.”