Friday, November 14, 2014

Amash says Americans becoming more libertarian

Rep. Justin Amash Says Americans Are Becoming More Libertarian—And Congress Will Too. - - Robby Soave:

October 29, 2014 - "Is the libertarian message winning?... Congressman Justin Amash certainly thinks so—even if Washington, D.C. isn't listening yet.

"The libertarian Republican, who hails from a right-leaning district in western Michigan, ... already passed the real test: a significant primary challenge from a well-funded opponent backed by neoconservative and corporatist critics of Amash's views. The challenger, Brian Ellis, stooped as low as he could go, releasing an ad that accused Amash of being 'al-Qaida's best friend in Congress' due to the representative's opposition to NSA spying and unauthorized wars.

"The ad backfired. District voters preferred Amash's brand of skeptical anti-government conservatism to Ellis's Bush-era demagoguery.

"'It felt great to get a big win,' Amash told Reason in an interview. 'The people of the district came out and said they like what I am offering, which is independent conservative representation, libertarian representation… My challenger was offering run of the mill, establishment big government Republicanism. People are tired of that.'

"Amash is optimistic that what's true for his district is true for the country at large. A growing cross-partisan swath of the electorate is concerned about issues near and dear to the hearts of libertarians, including police brutality, spying, and drone warfare....

"'Congress is delayed by five or 10 years,' said Amash. 'But I'm hopeful some of that will start to change. The public is more libertarian, the public is saying we want people who are going to be independent and not bow to leadership in either of the major parties.'"

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