Whether you like Justin Amash or not, he is inarguably one of the more principled members of the Republican conference in the House of Representatives. Amash is willing to take unpopular stands in the name of principle. He is willing to defy his party because of those principles. Amash is one of the more easily predictable members of Congress in how he votes because of his principles.
Amash believes in the rule of law, limited government, and an originalist interpretation of the constitution. As a result, Amash frequently turns his back on the bandwagon and team efforts of the GOP that lead to explosive growth in government, unsustainable debt, and expanded federal powers at the expense of state government and individual liberty. Plenty of popular programs have been opposed by Amash because he does not see where Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the power to approve them.
In that regard, we need more congressmen like Amash. Since going to Congress, Justin Amash has used social media to articulate why he supports or rejects pieces of legislation and how he evaluates issues. He is one of the most transparent members of congress in that regard.
While I disagree with him regarding impeachment and think, at this point, the matter is best left to an election, I respect his willingness to speak his mind and make a reasoned judgment based on his own reading of the Mueller report. To the extent you went to bed last week liking Amash and woke up Sunday hating him, he has not changed and the issue is with you, not him.
It is disappointing, but not surprising, to see Kevin McCarthy criticizing Justin Amash this morning. McCarthy is the leader of the Republicans in Congress and has never met an issue he couldn’t take both sides of. Where Amash is a man of principle, McCarthy is a man best known for sticking a wet finger in the air to test which position he should take. Where Amash could cite white papers, the Mueller report, and the constitution for his various views and opinions, McCarthy could probably tell you what the Kardashians think on the subject as if it is authoritative.
Republicans have vapid, shallow, opportunistic leadership right now and it is their own fault. The House Republicans are led by a lightweight whose hair spray is stronger than his moral convictions. If the polling were to shift decisively against the Republicans and in favor of impeachment, McCarthy would be one of the Republicans marching down to the White House to tell the President to resign. But he’d only do so after lining up favorable press coverage and polling.
With Amash, we know what he thinks and know he has the intellectual foundations for his argument.
We need more congressmen like Amash and less like McCarthy. We’d all be better off.
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