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A conversation with one of the purged, Rep. Justin Amash.
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Q: Any final thoughts today?
JA: If leadership is getting as many calls as we are, they may be realizing the support they are creating for us.
Epilogue: If the response to Rep. Amash’s Tuesday Facebook post about his removal from the Budget Committee is any measure, with well over 5,000 “likes” and 1,700 “shares” so far, the congressman is if anything underestimating the boomerang soon to hit Republican leadership based on their Soviet-style purge. (Boehner and others suggest that the issue is not ideology, but rather loyalty. They point to other Republican House members who have criticized their own party from time to time. For me, in the vast majority of situations, adherence to principle is more important than party discipline. Boehner’s moves look like those of a petty tyrant.)
Much as Justin Amash reached his tipping point regarding the Republican budget, I have reached my tipping point with the GOP. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but this Sunday, during my radio show, I will publicly drop my Republican Party registration. And although I very rarely donate money to Republican Party organizations (as opposed to PACs or directly to candidates), that will now become “never again until I believe they have come to value principle and support those who vote in accordance with the Constitution.”
If enough people react similarly, perhaps John Boehner will realize the self-destructive folly of punishing the principled.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?