WASHINGTON – Arch-conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said Thursday that President Barack Obama should not be considered the leader of the United States.
"This whole idea that the President is the leader of our country is a mistake," DeMint said during a speech to the Washington, DC chapter of the Federalist Society, according to Talking Points Memo.
Described by some as the most conservative member of the Senate, DeMint came to fame in 2009 when he said in a leaked private conversation that defeat on health care will be Obama's "Waterloo." He insisted Thursday that leadership should occur at the local level, not the national level.
"Leadership starts in the homes in the communities, in businesses, in churches," he said. "I've lived in a community and I know where the leaders are and it's not in Washington. And this pretense that he's our nation's leader... I'm not just talking about Obama, I'm talking about any President."
"A candidate who goes out and makes all these promises about what he's going to do in all areas of our society needs to be removed from consideration."
After implying that the president has overreached in his desire to reform American society, DeMint curiously claimed Obama isn't going to lead and therefore should be replaced.
"It's pretty clear this President is not going to lead," he said. "We've got to replace this President."
DeMint also railed against the national debt and insisted the United States should stop borrowing from China.
On its website, the Federalist Society laments that institutions suffer from an "orthodox liberal ideology" that "advocates a centralized and uniform society."
It describes itself as "a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution."