In an interview on his new book, South Carolina senator Jim DeMint discusses the necessary art of non-compromise:
I believe in compromise when both parties have similar goals in mind, but today, the goals of the Democratic and Republican parties are at polar opposites. On one hand, you have a party pushing for more dependence and collectivist, big-government policies, and on the other hand, you have a party that wants more freedom and smaller government. Now, I’ve seen lots of compromises in Washington, and they always result in more government — not less. I’m not interested in those kinds of compromises. The old saying goes, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” Well, we’ve had too many Republicans joining the Democrats, and now we have a $15 trillion debt. I think we ought to stop joining them and start beating them.