Did anyone even know who Justin Amash was until a few weeks ago? Outside of veterans of the old Ron Paul scene, that is. Old (or in my case former) comrades of eternal Paulism will remember that Amash was elected to Michigan’s third congressional district in 2010, the same year that Rand Paul won his first Senate election in Kentucky.

After nearly a decade of quietly voting against federal aid for Flint — less than two hours from his district — and opposing virtually every meaningful attempt to protect the environment or regulate the financial industry that came his way, Amash is in the news because he thinks that President Trump should be impeached. His evolution from unknown congresscritter to liberal folk hero took a long time, but it was almost instantaneous.

On Monday evening Amash resigned from the House Freedom Caucus, a group he helped to found in 2015. The Freedom Caucus was meant to be a kind of successor to the old Tea Party-era Liberty Caucus (with which it is often confused and of which Amash is now, hilariously, still chairman), a vehicle for “open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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