Justin Amash is an American attorney and a member of Congress. In January 2010 he was elected in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District out of the national tea party movement, flying the banner of “Live Free or Die.”

Amash is a Freedom Caucus member of Congress who opposes the use of federal funding for abortions and supports free markets with limited government regulation. He also supports a flat tax system, smaller government and reducing the national debt. He argues for decreased federal intervention in energy-related issues. He is an NRA advocate, and he’s considered one of the most conservative in Congress.

Justin is no doubt a good if not great conservative.

But Justin committed the greatest sin that any Republican could. He read the Mueller report and recognized the clear conclusions. No. Trump wasn’t exonerated. In fact, he’s guilty of obstruction, maybe even guilty of conspiracy.

Justin Amash is the first to break with the party’s line and call for impeachment of Donald J. Trump. He expressed his conclusions from the report by tweeting:

“Here are my principal conclusions:

1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.

2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.

3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.

4. Few members of Congress have read the report.”

But going against the flow has its consequences. The Republican hierarchy is working overtime to squash Amash’s courageous act before it gathers momentum. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended Trump by claiming that Amash was only seeking attention. The RNC called him a parrot. Trump tweeted his insult to the congressman, calling him a “loser.” And Justin was rewarded with a Michigan state representative saying he would challenge him for the seat in the 2020 Republican primary.

John F. Kennedy’s book “Profiles in Courage” profiles eight senators who defied the opinions of their party and constituents to do what they felt was right and suffered severe criticism and losses in popularity because of their actions. The book focused on the idea of “political courage” in American political history. Their courage was less linked with policy and more closely aligned with exercising one’s individual conscience in the face of political and social pressure.

Our current governor’s father, Lawrence Hogan Sr., the U.S. congressman from Maryland, had a similar experience. He was the first Republican who voted for all three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. Larry Hogan Sr. choose not to run for re-election for Congress and lost his bid to become governor of Maryland.

Justin Amash’s courage measures up to those profiled in Kennedy’s book and our governor’s dad.

In a period of the American experience, we hear only partisan rhetoric, talking points — “fake news,” ”no collision,” “spying,” “investigate the investigators” — to distract from wrongdoing. Justin Amash is showing courage: an American hero.

Alfred Walters

Frederick

(43) comments

jsklinelga

Who is Justin Amash? "Born in Grand Rapids, and raised in Kentwood, Amash is the son of a Palestinian Christian father and a Syrian Christian mother." Wikipedia is the source. What difference does it make. In one regard none. That diversity is the lifeblood of America. But on another level it does make a difference. Don't you think his family may have some strong objections to President Trump;s recent mid east policy/ He earned some speaking rights and may be flexing some political muscle but the impeachment bit may prove to be a bad move. ! Republican for impeachment and obviously many democrats against impeachment or he would have been impeached by now. Beating a dead horse..

awteam2000

So I guess his political views are more suspect of German decent, or muslim desent quite an American. Even if it’s political views agree with yours ?

rikkitikkitavvi

I may not be helpful but I consider that a "mic drop" moment comment @5:53pm.

DickD

Another way to look at it, Jim, is he just can't stand a Sociopath that puts the whole country at risk. Then you have the far right that no longer support traditional Republican values, but support Trump.

phydeaux994

To a White Supremacist it makes a huge difference, right jsk? BTW jsk, the problem with Impeachment is that it is meaningless unless the Senate convicts. They wouldn’t so Trump would claim victory. “NO COLLUSION” “NO OBSTRUCTION”. It wouldn’t be worth it. However, hopefully the House will open an Impeachment Inquiry, which would give them some investigative powers.

jsklinelga

Mr. Walters,
The credibility of your letter and of many comments could be tied to your obviously prejudiced statement: "No. Trump wasn’t exonerated. In fact, he’s guilty of obstruction, maybe even guilty of conspiracy.." As far as Amash who wants to impeach Trump because Barr supposedly falsely characterized the results of the investigation. That is absurd. Read Barr's letter. One conclusion of Barr's is solid. It is hard to convict someone of obstruction when no crime occurred. People are demanding Congressional oversight and transparency. Good. Hopefully with the de-classification of the Intelligence information surrounding the investigation we can learn the truth. And as far as Amash some recent developments suggest he has been at odds with Trump. Maybe that is why it took him a month to read the report and come to a conclusion.

olefool

jsk: Did you read the Mueller report, all of it, not just the pages that you like??? If you didn't, you're a phony not worth the time to listen to and you know it

phydeaux994

Barr should have it easy jsk, Trump has already told him the names of those that are guilty of starting the conspiracy to take him down. 🕵️‍♂️

awteam2000

A hero is someone who gives of himself, often putting his own life, advancement, fortune, best interest at great risk, for the greater good of others. The word "hero" is far too often applied without much thought.
But considering the consequences Amash will now suffer is heroic but doesn’t necessarily make him a hero. Time measures heroes.

jerseygrl42

Alfred , I'll bet you were in love with Mueller when he picked 14 Dem. lawyers 12 of whom supported Hillary with $$$, and then after 2 years , millions of documents , thousands of hours of sworn testimony and almost 500 pages of report...OMG NOTHING...you must be devastated and you were robbed of a victory by the TRUTH...so sad!

hayduke2

Maybe you should actually read the Mieller report- paints a pretty ugly picture of your hero

olefool

Jersey Did you read the Mueller report, all of it, not just the pages that you like??? If you didn't, you're a phony not worth the time to listen to and you know it

DickD

Hero? I don't think so. Honest with integrity - YES! It was what the Republican party represented, before Trump. Now they just parrot Trump's lies.

awteam2000

Hero? Maybe not... Honesty with integrity? Definitely. But there’s a crack in the dam. Let’s see where it leads.

FCPS-Principal

If he really believes what he said then he would have declared himself a Democrat. I have learned never to trust or believe a Freedom Caucus jackal. There has to be more than words to convince me he is being truthful, as truth is a foreign concept to Republicans.

threecents

To you telling the truth makes him a Democrat, overriding his policy opinions, which are very conservative. Is that because loyalty to the leader is the most important thing for a congressman?

tonyc51

Who is Justin Amash? Just another politician who seeing the possibility of getting national attention, much as Jeff Flake, jumped at the opportunity. Any further analysis is unnecessary.

Boyce Rensberger

How typical of today's conservatives -- not wanting full information before closing the mind.

gary4books

Reminds me of a Vietnam era saying: "My mind is made up. Please do not confuse me with facts."

hayduke2

Gary. [thumbup][crying]

gabrielshorn2013

Um, that swings both ways Boyce. Neither of the two major political philosophies, conservative or liberal, has a monopoly on closed mindedness. This forum can serve as a prime example.

marinick1

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jsklinelga

The only thing missing from this tribute to a new American hero is the truth behind his motivations. Politics. It appeared President Trump was starting to lean towards working with the Democrats. The Freedom caucus was great at shutting things down but that was the limit of their influence. Trump is pragmatic. He needs the Democrats to actually implement policy. Obviously Amash objected to this new shift.

public-redux

The “argument from motives” is a logical fallacy. Just like your favorite bugbear (anonymous commenters), it is a ad hominem.

Your argument is invalid.

jsklinelga

public
Not sure why I reengaged responding to you. Often you play devils advocate simply to pay Devil's advocate. The argument is not mine.

marinick1

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public-redux

Non sequitur.

hayduke2

jsk says " Trump is pragmatic." while attributing Amash's motives to being purely political. Too funny! Most of Trump's actions are designed to appease his base and nothing more. Like his impromtu walking out of a meeting where he just happened to have a misleading poster ready to go. JSK, you have truly been infected the TDS.
( Trump Defense Syndrome )

gary4books

Walking away with a "Powrer Point" chart of talking points? Sounded that he planned it. Or someone packed his lunch for him.

rikkitikkitavvi

"His base" is half the country with more #walkaway from your sad sack side. You spelled 'Derangement' wrong. It is Trump Derangement Syndrome. Get it right next time. MAGA 2020!

marinick1

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DickD

Trump didn't need the Democrats for two years to get something, Jim. And he still didn't get anything done except a controversial tax cut and of course the assignment of Kavanaugh - for those of you with no morals.

gabrielshorn2013

No credit for prison sentence reform, Dick?

DickD

Please explain what he did

gabrielshorn2013

You know full well Dick that the Executive branch does not make laws. That is the job of the Legislative branch. However, the current administration did support the bills, and encouraged Congress, especially Republicans, to pass the bill, which he signed into law in a very public signing ceremony. I am surprised you missed it. It was on every newsfeed.

threecents

I think everyone will eventually agree with that first assertion - that Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report - if not already, then certainly after Mueller testifies. My question is why did Barr do that? Did Trump order him to do that to test his loyalty or as part of his fake news motif? As the letter writer intimates, It is interesting to see who will sell their souls to Trump and who won't.

DickD

Some good points, three. Personally, I think it is just a matter of wanting the power of A.G. of the U.S. He sold his soul to the devil to get it.

jerseygrl42

how absurd and folks who haver studied the history of this man know he is NOT for sale and shame one those who would accuse (w/o any evidence) him of selling his integrity

hayduke2

TDS - Trump defense syndrome on full display!!

gary4books

I am willing to wait and see.

gary4books

I find it interesting. [thumbup][thumbup]

rikkitikkitavvi

By "everyone" you mean those afflicted by RCDS (Russian Collusion Delusion Syndrome) Right?

hayduke2

Aw, little rikki is also a copycat too!!!

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