Justin Amash Declares His Independence (and Our Founders Cheered)

Justin Amash Declares His Independence (and Our Founders Cheered) July 4, 2019

Three cheers for Justin Amash!

Amash chose today, Independence Day, to make another bold stand for principle – something woefully lacking in current day politics.

In an op-ed with the Washington Post, the Michigan congressman announced he was leaving the party of Trump.

“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” Amash wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday morning. “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.”

Join you?

Sir, I’ve been waiting for you to catch up!

If you’ve been paying attention, you know this discontent is not a new thing for Representative Amash. He’s been boldly calling out his own party and the leadership of that party for some time.

Back in May, he rocked the foundations of the right by daring to be completely honest and open about the content of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as what it said about the efforts of President Trump to obstruct that investigation.

He called out Trump’s handpicked “fixer” at the Department of Justice, Attorney General William Barr, for his efforts to conceal and misrepresent the findings of Mueller’s team.

And yes, folks. He was correct. William Barr was chosen specifically for the purpose of concealing the actual findings of the Mueller report. He applied for the job months prior, with an unsolicited letter to the Department of Justice, detailing ways to hamstring Robert Mueller’s work.

Amash saw this clearly, but rather than rush to that conclusion, he took over a month to actually read the report, in full, then applied his knowledge of the law.

At that time, he stated that Trump’s actions during the investigation “met the threshold” of impeachable offenses.

No, he didn’t call specifically for Donald Trump’s impeachment, as has been widely reported. He simply stated the evidence present within the report.

Few within the Republican Party showed such initiative or dedication to protecting our republic.

In today’s op-ed, he masterfully expressed his disappointment in the failures of the Republican Party to live up to their stated platform.

“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,” he wrote. “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.”

He also pointed to George Washington’s farewell address, in which the first US President warned Americans of the dangers of partisanship.

“True to Washington’s fears, Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law,” Amash said. “The result has been the consolidation of political power and the near disintegration of representative democracy.”

Do you hear that?


Of course, we know the Trump Republicans will ignore Amash’s firm conservative voting record and will automatically call him a “liberal” or their favorite, misunderstood moniker: RiNO (9 out of 10 of those comments will refer to him as a 3-toed, horned herbivore).

This isn’t the first time in recent months that Justin Amash has made a bold stand on principle.

Last month, he stepped away from the group he helped found, the House Freedom Caucus.

The HFC was meant to be a group of staunch conservative lawmakers, fighting for smaller government and those ideals that uphold the nation’s Constitution.

In the age of Trump, they’ve devolved into a sniveling group of Trump apologists and toadies.

Amash was out of place.

So what now?

There has been a slow but steady swell of calls for Amash to run as a third party alternative for those disgusted by Trumpism, as well as the radical, anti-American, big government socialism being spewed from the bowels of the left.

“Most Americans are not rigidly partisan and do not feel well represented by either of the two major parties,” he said. “Preserving liberty means telling the Republican Party and the Democratic Party that we’ll no longer let them play their partisan game at our expense.”

Every. Last. Drop. Of. This.

Amash has always been more Libertarian in his leanings, preferring a cautious hands-off approach to many of the issues that both Republicans and Democrats grapple with.

States rights, people. Read that Tenth Amendment.

Also, his foreign policy stances, particularly in regards to Israel, cause some conservatives to hesitate.

Amash has made the point that no one knows how to protect Israel better than Israel. With the United States holding them on a leash, pushing for a two-state peace plan, how limited in their responses to attacks has the nation been?

I get it. I have a lingering reticence to stepping away from Israel, as well, but I also know what the Bible says about Israel. The United States has never been their salvation, nor will we be their future saviors.

So can we look for another announcement from Amash in the near future?

He told CNN in March that he never stops thinking about such possibilities “because there is a big problem with the current two-party system we have, and someone has to shake it up.”

“Now, is it possible for anyone to shake it up and make a difference?” he asked at the time. “I don’t know.”

For Amash to make that move, by Michigan law, he would give up his right to run for reelection to his current seat in Congress in 2020.

Is it worth the risk?

I’m saying, for the good of us all, yes. Yes it is.




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  • mersey

    Amen brothers and sisters!

  • I applaud Amash’s stance, but not having fully vetted him yet or seen who the other third party candidates are, I’m not ready to commit to anyone’s campaign. Though I definitely already know it will never be whoever the corrupt Democratic Party’s nomination is or the Trump-Kim Party’s coronated incumbent.

    “Were parties here divided merely by a greediness for office, as in England, to take a part with either would be unworthy of a reasonable or moral man. But where the principle of difference is as substantial, and as strongly pronounced as between the republicans and the monocrats of our country, I hold it as honorable to take a firm and decided part, and as immoral to pursue a middle line, as between the parties of honest men and rogues, into which every country is divided.” ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Branch Giles (1795)

  • Have a blessed Fourth of July everyone!

    Excerpts from Calvin Coolidge’s speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence:

    We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. … It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the fourth day of July. …

    It is not so much, then, for the purpose of undertaking to proclaim new theories and principles that this annual celebration is maintained, but rather to reaffirm and reestablish those old theories and principles which time and the unerring logic of events have demonstrated to be sound. Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken. Whatever perils appear, whatever dangers threaten, the Nation remains secure in the knowledge that the ultimate application of the law of the land will provide an adequate defense and protection. …

    About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”

  • Michael Weyer

    If he does run as a third-party, it could be very interesting to say the least. He can easily get both true conservatives and some moderates and even a few folks on the left might go for him as well. Tricky thing is, that could end up dividing the right voting which could lead to a dominant victory for whoever the Dems put up. It’s really too soon to tell so far.

    For right now, I am happy that Amash is doing this as was worried he’d be one of those Republicans who talks a big game against Trump but ends up falling in line “for the good of the party.” Of course, Fox is going to rake him over the coals (I’ve already seen the “guess Soros cut him too big a check” line going around) which will affect his standing.

    Personally, I don’t agree with a lot of his politics but I do applaud this man for actually going through and getting out of the GOP to show he does have more principles than most on Capitol Hill today.

  • Michael Weyer

    As expected our President responded to Amash’s decision in his usual manner:

    ““Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is ‘quitting’ the Party. No Collusion, No Obstruction!”

    Once more, the way the Trumpites hail this man as a well-spoken and Presidential figure is astounding.

  • JASmius

    Tricky thing is, that could end up dividing the right voting which could lead to a dominant victory for whoever the Dems put up.

    That’s already going to happen, Amash or no Amash. The point is that this is his opportunity to take a leadership role in de-Trumpizing what used to be “conservatism”. Rehabilitating and curing the GOP is now the immediate task, as opposing the Left is not possible until this is fully accomplised.

  • JASmius

    Remember the internal #NeverTrump debate over whether it was better to leave the GOP (since it had effectively abandoned conservatism) or stay within it to try and fight Trump and Trumpism from the inside? I was always in the former camp simply because a party always assimilates into the characteristics of its successful presidential nominees. Amash’s wise decision simply provides redundant confirmation of that.

  • Michael Weyer

    It is tricky. Sadly, we’re seeing a lot of NeverTrumpers going “well, I hate the guy but he’s better than someone Democrat so I’ll vote for him.” And his approval ratings in the GOP are still very high. Again, remember, it’s only Trump the cultists want, they could care less about Pence or the GOP itself. It’s the key reason they will never impeach as he goes, so does his nutjob cult and that divides the GOP so badly the Dems could put up that lunatic Marriane Williamson and she’d win.

  • Alpha 1

    Incredible. From Ben Sasse to Jeff Flake to John McCain, the playbook for every “principled, anti-Trump Republican” has been to be capital-C Concerned about Trump and then vote with him 90% of the time. I think Amash is the first federal Republican to break with the party over Trump in any meaningful way. Good for him I guess.

  • chemical

    Amash isn’t the first ex-Republican. I’ve been hearing stories every once in a while about someone flipping from R to D. It’s usually at the state level, though, and they’re usually Old Guard types that think highly of Reagan and Bush.

    This is interesting in that Amash is none of those things.

  • Gunner

    An excellent piece Susan.

    I hope he runs to prevent people like me from voting Dem again.

  • chemical

    The less that’s said of Marianne Williamson, the better. I really wish Democrats would put their foot down on this New Age hippy nonsense — it’s just embarrassing for all of us.

    Regarding Trump’s high approval with the GOP, I think that’s because the people in the GOP that disapprove are leaving the party. Trump has built a cult of personality. There is no room for disapproval; criticizing Dear Leader, peace be upon him, is blasphemy and must be cleansed by fire. If Amash hadn’t walked out the door on his own, he would have been thrown out by Trump cultists.

  • Ronald Langdon

    I said before Amash was awash and on his way for a downfall. Susan repeat trash from washington post again !! He is going nowhere don’t celebrate anythin only July 4th. You are all desperate for something to hang onto. Trump will be the best President ever . Known for preventing our country from falling into the hands of wicked Dems. and communists dictators.People who have lost all value for human life and freedoms.

  • Alpha 1

    From what I can tell Amash is a true believer libertarian who realized the Republican party and its actions were incompatible with his principles. It’s pretty brave, considering that he’s locked himself out of the right-wing money train forever.

  • Alpha 1

    Marianne was the only one at the debates talking about how the United States’ foreign policy in Latin America has created the conditions where Latin Americans have to flee north and try to illegally immigrate to the United States. Being able to see the connection between foreign and domestic policy makes her a more serious candidate than at least half of the 25(?) Democrats running, sadly.

  • Ste

    Amash should have looked more carefully at the Mueller report.

    Congress cannot impeach Trump for “obstructing” an investigation into his own innocence.

    Now that we put that baby to bed, we can talk about the real issues.

    DNC informant Christopher Steele was up to his armpits in Russian misinformation. We now know of his connections to two Russian/Putin agents, Trubnikov and Surkov.

    So, let’s see:

    We have Russian disinformation that passed from Putin’s agents to British national, Christopher Steele, to the final purchaser, the DNC. The DNC passed it to everyone they could think of who was dirty enough to accept it.

    The US intelligence community then used this material to justify illegal FISA warrants to spy on the political campaign of Donald Trump.

    In short, no one who is paying attention cares about Trump’s tweets or who he hired as AG or what Amash thinks of him.

    The political scandal of the century is that that anti-Trump political operatives used their power to try to suborn his campaign and presidency and that they colluded with foreign agents to do it.

  • Ste

    Hmm. At least he didn’t accuse Amash of being part of a “nutjob cult” because of his political opinions.

    Now THAT would have been tacky.

  • Michael Weyer

    You left out “George Soros” and “Deep State” from your rantings. That knocks off troll points.

  • Ste

    Any opinions about Trubnikov and Surkov and their relationship to Putin and/or British agent Christopher Steele?

    Or do you want to talk about Halper, the Cambridge professor who worked for the FBI to the tune of $1 million taxpayer dollars? Halper has lots of interesting connections. He co-taught classes with Trubnikov, the Putin henchman. He worked as an FBI spy who contacted Page and Papadopolous. Halper also destroyed Michael Flynn for engaging in small talk at a seminar dinner.