Thursday, March 28, 2013

Amash to Run for U.S. Senate?

On yesterday's Quote of the Day I wrote about the U.S. Representative from Michigan, Republican libertarian Justin Amash.

Several outlets are reporting that there is a possibility that Rep. Amash is considering a run at U.S. Senate when Senator Carl Levin retires next year.

In a Reason article, Amash is quoted as saying:

"..We can't afford to nominate another unelectable establishment Republican...History shows they don't appeal to moderate and independent voters...People both within the Republican Party and within the general electorate are tired of the pro-corporate welfare, anti-civil liberties Republicans..."

Here is a link to the Reason article.

He even mentioned the state of Oklahoma in a speech given earlier this month regarding a possible run at Michigan's U.S. Senate seat:

"Michigan is a largely Democratic state, but it's not like having an open seat in Oklahoma or Nebraska or some place like that...So you have to take it very seriously when you decide to run. It's not just a primary you have to got to win over a lot of people from the other side."

Amash has been called a "wacko bird" by Senator John McCain, when referring to Amash, along with Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

Here is another article I read about it in The New American.

Personally, I think it would be great for the country to have another libertarian-type Republican in the U.S. Senate. However, there are a lot of things Amash does not have on his side. He does not necessarily have state-wide name recognition in Michigan. He is only a two-term Congressman. He is only 32 years old. He has been called a "wacko bird" by Senator John McCain. Although the later might be in his favor there is also the possibility that he might be considered by some to be too extreme in his views.

Anybody that isn't too familiar with the views of Justin Amash can go to his On The Issues page and look them up. Here are some highlights from that page:

  • Supports a Balanced Budget Amendment.
  • Supports a reduction in earmarks and an increase in transparency in government.
  • Supports a plan to audit, reform, and/or eliminate federal agencies.
  • Opposed to any federal takeover of health care.
  • Opposed to the PATRIOT Act's provision on roving wiretaps.
  • Supports secure borders.
  • Supports a single-rate tax system (flat tax).

If I lived in Michigan I would vote for him.

I only wish that we could get some pro-liberty type folks to run for U.S. Senate here in Oklahoma. Heck, I wish we could get some pro-liberty type folks to run for the House here in Oklahoma. Perhaps the liberty movement could recruit some folks to run against Congressman Lankford in the next election or even possibly somebody to run against Senator Inhofe. Both of these elections will be held in 2014.

It could happen.

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