The founder of the House Freedom Caucus is leaving the Republican Party.
Rep. Justin Amash made his declaration on the 4th of July and blasted the GOP as he was leaving. But did you know, he didn’t say anything about the Democratic Party?
It’s a self-serving move by him. He can’t win the Republican primary, so he’s trying to jump in at the general and win the district on name recognition. He’s doing it now because doing it closer to the Republican primary (when numerous polls will have already been out) would give away the game.
Amash went to the progressive Washington Post to deliver his remarks:
My parents, both immigrants, were Republicans. I supported Republican candidates throughout my early adult life and then successfully ran for office as a Republican. The Republican Party, I believed, stood for limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty — principles that had made the American Dream possible for my family.
In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.
In this hyperpartisan environment, congressional leaders use every tool to compel party members to stick with the team, dangling chairmanships, committee assignments, bill sponsorships, endorsements and campaign resources. As donors recognize the growing power of party leaders, they supply these officials with ever-increasing funds, which, in turn, further tightens their grip on power.
Modern politics is trapped in a partisan death spiral, but there is an escape.
Most Americans are not rigidly partisan and do not feel well represented by either of the two major parties. In fact, the parties have become more partisan in part because they are catering to fewer people, as Americans are rejecting party affiliation in record numbers.
Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it. [Washington Post]
“The Republican Party, I believed, stood for limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.” Mr. Amash, please tell us which of these principles that you feel President Trump has infringed upon.
Let’s see, limited government? Pres. Trump has probably eliminated more regulatory agencies, and add fewer more than any previous President! Economic freedom? Do you not believe that the economy is better than it has been in a very long time, or that unemployment is the lowest it’s been in decades, or you have more of your money to do with as you wish that you had previously?
Individual liberty? Which of your liberties has President Trump infringed on? Come on; there must be at least one.
Reports are that Amash is still mad that the tariffs Pres. Trump put on China is hurting his family’s business. He is putting his wealth, power, and destruction of America first. He’s just another indicator he is a liberal Democrat.
NeverTrumpers are fundamentally no different than liberals at this point. Both groups are traitors and should be treated as such.
I can see Amash teaming up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the future and let me say this to you, Justin.
“If AOC represents your future, then you reveal that you have no intelligence in this present time. And you have to be a sad pathetic human being to want the kind of future she envisions.”
AOC is one of the most nonthinking public figures I’ve ever seen. She’s so “high schoolish” and imbecilic, a special type of lunatic that would be scary in student council, let alone the halls of Congress. I will admit, she may be the poster child for the new generation, who possess no real intelligence (simply parroting your college professor is not intelligence), and who are sure to drive the human condition and human potential down to it’s lowest levels since before the age of industrialism.
Amash just discovered how genuinely insignificant he is!