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.