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Congressman Justin Amash Quits the Republican Party

 
 
Reply Thu 4 Jul, 2019 06:12 am
This is the extreme fiscal conservative that called for Trump's impeachment.

Here is his editorial link and an excerpt.
Congressman Justin Amash wrote:
Growing up, I thought a lot about the brilliance of America. Our country’s founders established a constitutional republic uniquely dedicated to securing the rights of the people. In fact, they designed a political system so ordered around liberty that, in succeeding generations, the Constitution itself would strike back against the biases and blind spots of its authors.

My parents, both immigrants, were Republicans. I supported Republican candidates throughout my early adult life and then successfully ran for office as a Republican. 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.

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.

George Washington was so concerned as he watched political parties take shape in America that he dedicated much of his farewell address to warning that partisanship, although “inseparable from our nature,” was the people’s “worst enemy.” He observed that it was “the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.”

Washington said of partisanship, in one of America’s most prescient addresses: “The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty. …
 
rosborne979
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jul, 2019 07:01 am
@engineer,
He seems like a man of honest convictions. I hope the move works out well for him.
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jul, 2019 01:43 pm
I read about it earlier. Quite pleased someone has finally stepped up and removed themself from the mess which has morphed into the current Republican Party. Maybe some others will follow suit.
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