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Rep. Justin Amash leaves the Republican Party

by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/05/19, 12:07 pm

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan announced Thursday he was “declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” saying July Fourth seemed like the ideal day to reveal his decision. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Amash wrote that “the two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.” He added that “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. … I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric.”

Amash made headlines in May by becoming the only Republican to call for impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, saying he agreed with Democrats that the president obstructed justice during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Amash also stepped down last month from the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative faction in the House of Representatives. He has not yet announced his next move, though there is some media speculation that Amash may be building up to a bid for president on the Libertarian Party ticket.

Trump reacted on Twitter by calling Amash the “most disloyal” lawmaker in Congress.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 07/05/2019 01:24 pm

    This will probably cost him his seat, but he's right. Partisanship leads to extremism on both sides, as one side goes far left to react to far right policies and vice versa.  It's causing an escalation of harebrained policies that get reversed every 4-8 years, and forcing Christians to support a party that's barely done anything to attack abortion on the federal levels.

    America wasn't founded on a two party system.  We ought to be more than just anti-Democrat or anti-Republican.

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 07/05/2019 10:49 pm

    With all due respect, John Kloosterman, I don't think anyone is forcing Christians to support a particular party-I think they are CHOOSING to support a party that gives a lot of lip service but does not always uphold our values.  Unfortunately, I don't think the other side is any better.  

    We get the politicians we vote for; and, as long as we keep voting for the "lesser evil," we are going to be stuck with it.  (In using the term "lesser evil," I'm just quoting people on both sides who told me who they voted for and why.  You know it's bad when BOTH sides say they voted for the "lesser of two evils.")  It makes me wonder why we aren't voting for the "greater good" and trusting GOD with the outcome.    

  • Andy Knudsen
    Posted: Sat, 07/06/2019 10:34 am

    I agree with John and the other commenters here. We should refuse to vote for politicians that do not earn our votes by showing some measure of public moral character and understanding of good policy. We should also be praying for all of our leaders, whether we like them or not, whether we agree with them or not, whether we voted for them or not.

  • not silent
    Posted: Sat, 07/06/2019 05:21 pm

    Great comment.  I agree one hundred percent.

  • Mike MS
    Posted: Sun, 07/07/2019 10:49 pm

    I agree with the responses to Mr. Kloosterman’s comments regarding extremes, but we must still vote! Hillary was not an option.

  • GMR
    Posted: Fri, 07/05/2019 03:50 pm

    How much praying do we Christians do for our government officials? From the looks of things, Not much. Let's pray everytime we are tempted to whine.

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 07/05/2019 03:56 pm

    The Tea Party tried but was taken out by Obama's IRS. And nobody is ratting him out. 

    Does anyone else wonder what Obama did with all the money he got from the fines he charge companies, states, and people?

  • AlanE
    Posted: Sat, 07/06/2019 03:51 pm

    Obama's IRS certainly didn't help, but I think the demise of the Tea Party was actually a good deal more due to the fact that not very many Americans really believe in limited government. Politicians from both sides make promises from the public trough and are perpetually rewarded for doing so. 

    I'm torn on who to vote for in 2020. There isn't anyone on the democratic roster of candidates I'd consider voting for. I could hold my nose and vote for Trump knowing that he has done some worthwhile things but knowing that his style of governing is drawing the nation further from the model of the constitutional republic our forefathers set up (everyone I rub shoulders with seemed concerned about the Imperial Presidency when it was Obama's pen and phone but that issue barely raises a ripple these days). I also have a disturbing suspicion that keeping Trump in office aggravates the pendulum effect when Democrats regain power.

    I could probably feel good about voting for Amash if he went Libertarian, but to what avail? Deep down, I'm pretty sure Amash is right about Trump. But is the cure worse than the disease?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 07/06/2019 01:05 pm

    Personally, I think voting against someone to prevent evil policies from being followed is as valid a reason as voting for someone because their policies are good. 

    Now if the side I think is “the lesser of two evils” were to become much more evil, I might have to change my vote. 

    But as long as one side is so determined to promote infanticide, I doubt there will ever be enough evil on the other side for me to change. 

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Sat, 07/06/2019 04:00 pm

    Two parties have been around since Washington. They weren't formally organized but they were boisterous, strident and full of polemics. Originally they called them "factions" and Hamilton's followers were called Federalists. Jefferson's were Republicans. They were full of vitriol, back stabbing, name calling, duplicity and back room plotting. They were reactionary and extremist. In fact Jefferson and Hamilton could hardly be in the same room together. If social media and the internet existed back then I wonder where we would have ended up. People, and politics, haven't changed, just our ability to disseminate information and division. All one has to do is read the history of the day. I wonder how much Mr. Amash's decision isn't calculated political posturing. And Ms Prude does refer to this this possibility in her article.


  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 07/08/2019 02:50 pm

    Good points, Mr. Shive!