Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
-Bob Dylan (Times are changing again)
I’m talking about Representative Justin Amash from Michigan. The guy is a force for the Constitution. Is uncompromising in his defense of the document. Is a champion of liberty. Has called the NSA to the floor. He can be counted on to fight crony capitalism. He seeks to reduce the tax burden on the average American. He even explains each vote he takes on Facebook. In my opinion, he is absolutely one of the good guys in Congress, and there aren’t that many good guys in Congress.
But the crony wing of the GOP hates Amash. Boehner loathes the guy especially. The Michigander does what he thinks is right, and often bucks leadership. He’s only been in Congress for 3 years and he has become one of the most influential members in the House even though leadership dismissed him from the “official” leadership track. Boehner did this he explained, because Amash has a “high asshole factor.”
Think about that. Probably the most principled small government member in the House of Representatives was frozen out by the leader of the supposedly “conservative” GOP.
Karl Rove, Speaker Boehner, Senator McCain and the other “crony birds” are mad that the real small government people showed up in Washington. For years the crony crowd could talk about how “conservative” they were without anyone holding them accountable. Now there are people like Amash who are exposing the hypocrisy of a party which once touted itself as “the party of small government” but which has never been the party of small government. Rove and company are furious and they are embarrassed. They have been exposed. The GOP is their party, they think, not the “people’s.” Those dirty small government Tea Partiers aren’t going come into Washington and mess things up. Not only is the GOP THEIR party, it’s THEIR congress too. Who invited these small government punks to DC anyway?
The American people did guys. And there are more coming. Get used to it. Better yet, get out of the way.
(From The National Interest)
The Tea Party, for all its faults, came into existence because many Republicans ceased to govern according to the conservative principles on which they campaigned. George W. Bush and a Republican-controlled Congress outspent Bill Clinton. Even conservatives succumbed to situational constitutionalism at best — or crony capitalism at worst.
Enter lawmakers like Amash, who are sticklers for constitutional detail and who use social media to explain their votes to the public. However uncomfortable some Republicans might be with this new way of doing business, there doesn’t seem to be a very good argument for returning to the bad old days.
“I don’t think Justin Amash cares if Bank of America gives to him or not,” a bewildered lobbyist was quoted as saying in article about Wall Street’s distaste for the Tea Party. What would you rather your congressman care about: Bank of America or the Constitution?