Again, constant vigilance. Good to have someone like Justin Amash in the House keeping an eye on things, but we need to be watching too. So much bad legislation seems to slip through at Christmas time or around Summer Recess.
The below commentary and letter were just posted to Representative Justin Amash’s Facebook page. I post here for your review.
When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote—with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared “passed” with almost nobody in the room)—I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.
I don’t remember who said this but it is absolutely true. One Ron Paul in Congress can be ignored and marginalized. But 20 Ron Pauls in Congress and House leadership has a big time problem.
Justin Amash beat both the Chamber of Commerce and Congressional leadership last night which both desperately wanted him gone, by 14 points. Then in his victory speech Amash responds to these folks. It’s pretty great.
I actually don’t think libertarian politics needs to be vindicated. It is the future. At least for a large part of the electorate.
Amash is the real deal. He explains each vote he makes on Facebook. He is an ardent critic of big government and of crony capitalism specifically. He is staring down Karl Rove and his money machine in a primary battle as I write this. He was once called an “asshole” by Speaker Boehner. What is NOT to like about this guy?
Amash is my kind of guy. No BS. He explains every vote he takes on Facebook. He is steadfast in his support of the rule of law and has angered the Washington crony community and the House leadership with his unbending adherence to the Constitution. He is transparent. He is the type of person we actually need in Washington DC.
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)
Kudus to RedState.com on this. They even give Representative Justin Amash a nod.
In 2010 I wrote about the Ron Paul Reformation.
Like Martin Luther (not MLK but the German priest of the Middle Ages) who held the sacred script of the Bible up to Church leadership and indicted Rome for running directly contrary to what Jesus and the Bible advocated, Ron Paul has done something similar with the US Constitution.