Does Justin Amash Have an Ulterior Motive?

Does Justin Amash Have an Ulterior Motive?

Does Justin Amash Have an Ulterior Motive?

On July 4, Independence Day, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan declared his independence from the Republican party. Not that the party oppressed him or anything. But he can’t accept the two-party system anymore, so now he wants a divorce.

Amash wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post:

“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 concluded:

“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.”

In other words, Amash wants you to leave the Republican party, too. Now do you think loyal Democrats will follow suit? Yeah, fat chance.

Certainly Amash is disheartened by the Republican party, for which he had high hopes. However, what’s also behind this is his contempt for President Trump. As you may recall, he was the only one to call for his impeachment, which tickled the ears of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who invited him to cosponsor her impeachment resolution.

And now Amash’s divorce from the Republican party has made Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez do a Happy Dance, too.

Never mind that AOC despises conservatives — when it comes to Justin Amash, the enemy of her enemy is her friend.

Plus the mainstream media was pretty excited about the Michigan congressman going rogue as well.

However, President Trump responded to Amash in his typical, um, colorful manner:

So why is Justin Amash leaving the GOP? Moreover, does he have some ulterior motive?

A conservative friend, who personally knows Amash as an acquaintance, believes that he’s simply disillusioned. Now I get that — he took office in 2011 at the height of the Tea Party movement. He, like many of us, thought that adherence to constitutionalism could change the course of politics in Washington DC.

And how well did that work out?

However, Rep. Trey Gowdy also decided to bow out, but he made the choice to leave politics in general, not the party. Instead he joined a law firm in his home state of South Carolina, and when asked if he would return to politics, he said this:

“There’s no way I’ll return to it. I’m not going to lobby. And if I enjoyed politics, I wouldn’t be leaving.”

Now while Gowdy also seemed to be dillusioned with politics, he left that circus behind. But Amash — not so much.

In fact, there’s talk of him running for president as a Libertarian. Moreover, he’s hinted at it.

When asked if would consider running a third party campaign against Trump after his call for impeachment, Amash responded that “I haven’t ruled anything out.” Although he added that he doesn’t want to play “spoiler.”

“When I run for something, I run to win.”

Well, of course he’s going to say that.

But some Libertarians seem to be quite pumped about the prospect of Justin Amash running as their standard bearer. Perhaps it’s because he now has more name recognition. Plus, he may be the most sane of the Libertarians who’ve declared for 2020.

Right now they include, among others:

  • Adam Kokesh, an anti-war activist who wants an “orderly dissolution of the federal government”;
  • John McAfee, the computer software guru and bitcoin bull who’s a fugitive from the law for tax evasion. He warned that he will “f*cking bury” the US government;
  • Vermin Supreme. Who? You may recognize him from his rubber boot hat and his “performance art.”



And you thought Marianne Williamson had a screw loose.

Now if Amash ran as a Libertarian, I’m positive he’d be a shoo-in for their nomination. But what would that do for Trump’s run? Would he pull off enough voters to prevent Trump’s re-election?

That’s my biggest concern. Oh, the handful of Never Trumpers who eagerly consume The Bulwark would get a thrill up their legs to vote for Amash. But independents who are turned off by Trump’s rhetoric may also find the less-animated congressman more to their liking. Plus, low information voters who believe stories about women detainees drinking toilet water might find him more palatable, too. Especially if the Democratic nominee is too far leftwing for their liking (and that person will be far left. Trust me.)

But would that win Justin Amash the presidency? No, not by a long shot. But it may be just enough to siphon off votes for Trump. And then it’s hello, President Harris. Or President Biden. Maybe even President Warren.

Makes your skin crawl, doesn’t it?


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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Scott says:

    He can’t be stupid enough to think he could actually win, so if he does run, he’s proven that he’s not conservative in the least, and is just as much an enemy of the state as are all those running on the dim side. Conservatives need to stop playing nice, take the gloves off, and call things as they are. While President Trump seems crass and rude in his tweets, we need more straight talk like that from our side.

  • The problem is that there are so many of us who don’t vote for Republicsns, but against communists.
    Libertarians weaken that effort.
    They are of no use to me or many.

  • matthew w says:

    Trump’s tweet is priceless !!
    The Libertarians that I know think this guy is a douche.

  • I’m a libertarian (note lower case letter). My favorite Libertarian candidate is Vermin Supreme, bc he exposes the LP for the joke it is.

    Scott, you suggest Amash can’t be so stupid as to actually think he could win, but ideology and politics can make people delusional. Amash’ claim to be libertarian combined with his support for the Mueller/Dem/deep state coup is delusional, so who knows what other confusion is in his head.

  • CaptDMO says:

    The last 20 years has shown me that (L) libertarian is useless as an Executive/Legislative/Judicial
    Libertarian ideals? Or at least striving for them?
    Well, you can act as a spoiler against Republican soup, enthrone their rivals, and reap the bounty of the USUAL historical de facto mechanics of Socialism/Communism “conquest”.
    You can act as a spoiler against Democrat soup, enthrone their rivals, and deny comfort to the teary eyed parasites, vandals,and thieves.
    Which “Stone Soup” will serve as the better tureen , with a soupcon of Libertarian/ Classic Liberal idealism?
    Try to remember that the hand hammered “thank you gift” of Lady Liberty, situated atop a masonry pedestal
    “donated” by voluntary contributions, was only subsequently vandalized with a “promise of free stuff” poetry as desperate afterthought graffiti.

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