As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t posted anything in awhile. That isn’t because I don’t have anything to say, but I’ve been trying to determine what direction I want to take this blog. In the meantime I’ve been posting a lot on our Facebook Page (@MilitiaOfOneBlog). Recently however something very important came up. An old Tea Party candidate announced a run for president. His name is Justin Amash. As someone who has followed Constitutional Movements since the Tea Party, and has no allegiance to either major party, I thought my opinion might bring some clarity to his candidacy.
Justin Amash is a Christian, who was born in Michigan to a Palestinian Christian father and Syrian Mother. He attended Christian schools, and got involved in state politics at 28 years old. Winning Michigan’s 72nd House District as a Republican.
In 2010 the Obama Administration’s reckless spending and spiraling national debt brought us to the height of the Tea Party movement. New younger Republicans began running for Congress, and old time Libertarians such as Ron Paul were at the front of the battle. Ron Paul specifically, who would later run for president in 2012, endorsed Justin Amash when he ran for a seat in the United States’ Congress. Amash proved to be a very principled Constitutionalist, only voting on issues on a Constitutional basis. He would regularly report back on Facebook, informing all his followers the exact reasoning for each vote he made in Congress.
The three most popular Libertarian/ Tea Party Candidates in Congress (both the House and the Senate) were Justin Amash of Michigan, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. What really tore me apart last year, and made me deeply question even the few politicians I thought were reliable in Congress, was Donald Trump’s impeachment. As we saw party politics play out to all their biases, I thought I could rely on these three libertarian leaning Republicans to explain the situation. What surprised me was Justin Amash supported impeachment, while Rand Paul and Thomas Massie did not. And their explanations at times sounded very pre-recorded. Justin Amash sounded very much like a Democrat, not because he supported impeachment, but because his reasoning was based on distrust, rather than evidence. While Rand Paul would often blame it all on lies, not acknowledging any faults of the president (when it came to matters surrounding impeachment). When Trump’s phone calls were released Amash quickly jumped on Trump’s words as illegal, while Rand acted as if it proved his innocents.
My opinion at the time was very neutral and skeptical, as every politician seemed to be working with Russia in secret. I mean, Barack Obama was literally caught on air doing exactly that; with President Dmitry Medvedev in 2012. If Donald Trump were to be impeached I would have liked it to be over something more traceable and blatant, such as his executive decrees banning Bump Stocks or bombing Middle Eastern countries without the consent of Congress. This country would be much better off if politicians were impeached for infringing upon the Constitution, aka, breaking the supreme law of the land. Yes, this would probably mean most 20th and 21st century presidents deserved impeachment, but it is a much more valid reason than for simply negotiating with Russia.
Either way, Justin Amash was practically excommunicated from the Republican Party, and to see such a principled Constitutionalist go left me with mixed emotions. Was he right? Was he being influenced by the Democrats? Was he acting based on principle, as he always has done? I mean this was one of the few politicians who would vote against party lines if he felt it infringed on the Constitution. Whatever the case Amash registered as independent at the end of last year, but that isn’t the end of the story.
As you may remember, our last presidential election was one of the most disliked elections in history. Democrats have now fully come out as either Socialist or sympathetic to its systems, and are willing to censor and destroy anyone who disagrees with them. I wish that was an exaggeration, but the only way you can hide from this is if you only listen to media sources owned or funded by the same corporations, because almost all independent news will show you the violence being committed against conservatives. It’s not just individuals, it’s endorsed, defended and hidden by members of Congress. While Republicans can barely get behind anything. Donald Trump has done good in ensuring the people that conservative principles can work, however he often steps over the other 2 branches of government to get things done the easy way. You can’t do that; otherwise you’ve created an elective monarchy. It doesn’t matter whether you have a conservative monarch or a liberal monarch, this centralized authority always comes back to kill millions. If Donald Trump can ban bump stocks, then any president at any time can ban whatever they want. Laws are suppose to be made by Congress, not the President. That is the law.
So with everyone fed up with these two insane sides of right and left (that are using philosophies completely foreign to our Constitution), I said we could make 2020 a revolutionary year. It seems like the Republicans and Democrats were ahead of me; as they use this years’ coronavirus to declare martial law from the executive branches of almost every state. If we ever needed a libertarian to balance out this authoritarian shift in power it would be now. Someone to show us how ridiculous this bipartisan bickering is. Because as long as we are fighting each other, we will keep electing worse and worse politicians to out do each other. Now, Justin Amash is the first contender to appear that could destabilize this choke-hold Democrats and Republicans have on our Constitution.
Several day ago Justin Amash official announced he’d be pursuing the Libertarian Nomination. In my opinion this is the first time the Libertarian Party could actually nominate a valid candidate, as Gary Johnson (their previous nominee) is more of a mix of a career Democrat and Republican, and less of an actual libertarian. If the Libertarian Party actually got a nominee on the national debates, they’d look like the only sane person up there. We all know Donald Trump works mostly on insults, and Joe Biden barely can carry on a sentence. Having a 40 year old Constitutional Lawyer up there would be amazing!
Is Justin Amash that candidate Constitutionalist have been waiting for, or has he lost his mind since the impeachment trials? I honestly don’t know. However he gained a lot of fame with Democrats for opposing Donald Trump, and a lot of fame with Republicans for his principles and involvement in the Tea Party Movement. So if anything is going to help the Libertarian Party gain notoriety it would be his nomination. Nobody loves everything he does, or hates everything he does, and while the mainstream media is already trying to write his candidacy off as a lost cause, nobody knows what demographic will be voting for him. Independents are tired, and Republicans and Democrats feel betrayed by their own party. I’d keep an eye on Amash, who knows how much we might hear of him in a couple months.