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Nick Gillespie: Let’s Clone Justin Amash

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:31 pm


Simply put, we need more legislators like Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.). Yes, he leans libertarian, which means a hell of a lot to me. He’s serious about reducing the size, scope, and spending of the federal government. Hooray for all that.

But far more important, he is serious about governing and principled in his votes. Which he explains EVERY SINGLE TIME.

. . . .

I don’t believe in government funding of science, but I might make an exception if it was a project to identify what’s special in Amash and to clone the hell out of him.

Here’s his explanation of his vote regarding The Keystone XL pipeline. He thinks there’s no reason the pipeline shouldn’t be built and that Obama’s years-long dilly-dallying is pure politics. He also thinks it’s wrong for Congress to write legislation to specifically benefit one private company and minimize eminent domain concerns.

Which is exactly right. If we can’t yet clone him, here’s hoping we can at least clone his commitment to principle, communication with voters, and simple courage to follow through on his campaign promises.

Yup. If we really had a Congress filled with people like Justin Amash, we could turn this country around.

25 Responses to “Nick Gillespie: Let’s Clone Justin Amash”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Republicans are the biggest obstacle to a fun and productive cloning regimen in failmerica

    but maybe jebbie jiggles has some refreshing new ideas?

    happyfeet (831175)

  3. Amash voted against Boehner which makes him OK in my book.

    ropelight (21d82c)

  4. in my book he has an extremely large head

    not unlike harry potter really

    happyfeet (831175)

  5. Votes as he’s promised and explains his thinking for doing so?

    Yeah, a must have.

    An example of the alternative:

    Transparency is an outcome.

    DNF (b04f89)

  6. oil-price-blowback-putin-creating-new-world-order

    ok whatevs

    is this something i need a subscription to access?

    happyfeet (831175)

  7. Justin Amash also has a good name for politics like Michael Jordan had a good name for basketball. That stuff actually matters. I could offer some not so good names for politics and for sports but I’ll let you make your own list.

    elissa (2c1d12)

  8. there’s never been a compelling forward name o’ Pickles O’Riordan

    more study needed

    happyfeet (831175)

  9. Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Paul Rand, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton?

    nk (dbc370)

  10. Paul Rand lol

    Mr. Walker pls to call me i have a proposition for you regarding american presidency

    i’ll kick in a sweet roll

    happyfeet (831175)

  11. we can go to starbucks and get our flat white on

    just you and me Mr. Walker


    i wish my mom coulda lived to see this

    it’s like historic, you being a prospective presidential candidate and all

    happyfeet (831175)

  12. #9: a full house of politicians i’ll never vote for.

    redc1c4 (34e91b)

  13. a Republican politician with principles?

    look for the GOPe to fund a challenger next election cycle…

    redc1c4 (b340a6)

  14. I like Walker. Let’s see how he looks after the primaries dirty him up. As for those guys I mentioned, I’ll chip in to buy them tickets on the Virgin spacecraft to Mars.

    nk (dbc370)

  15. i could live with rand

    at the very least he’s against all the right things

    unlike romneycare romney

    who’s a creepy non-mainstream freak (FREAK) from massachusetts (MASSACHUSETTS) who spawned obamacare (OBAMACARE) and now wants

    to be relevant in some weird-ass way that jebbie jiggles can’t satisfy


    you white-boy republicans and your healthcare angst – you want to have it JUST SO

    sorry charlie obama beat you to it

    happyfeet (831175)

  16. 200 more like Mr. Amash, please.

    mg (31009b)

  17. happyfeet, I received a Christmas card this year from Scott Walker. Seriously. It’s probably because I sent him a few bucks for reelection, but I’d like to think it’s because he figures I’m a pretty OK guy.

    JVW (60ca93)

  18. best. christmas. ever.

    happyfeet (831175)

  19. Give him a couple more weeks/months. He’ll change his tune.

    Most all of them do.

    jakee308 (f0aa61)

  20. If we had a Congress full of people like Justin Amash, we wouldn’t *need* to turn the country around.

    I can only hope that he is able to avoid falling prey to the Washington Groupthink. It is insidious.

    Wrathchilde (f8751f)

  21. I can only hope that he is able to avoid falling prey to the Washington Groupthink. It is insidious.

    and it only took Mia Love about a month… among others.

    redc1c4 (b340a6)

  22. Give him a couple more weeks/months. He’ll change his tune.

    Most all of them do.

    He’s not new. Why would he suddenly change now?

    Patterico (9c670f)

  23. I work in Amash’s district, and agree w/him on almost all of his positions. That said, he really set off my BS meter a few years ago when he called McCain a racist for referring to Ahmadinejad as a ‘Space Monkey’, when the Iranians claimed to have put a monkey into orbit. I’m pretty positive that McCain was making the joke based on the practice of using monkeys in space flights, before Amash was even born. Amash came out swinging with the ‘Raaaaaaaaaaacist!’ response, even after McCain said it was a joke, and that Amash needed to lighten up.
    So if Amash’s response to an obvious joke was to go all offended-SJW on McCain, then I cannot take the guy seriously. Yeah, he votes the right way, but G-d forbid someone say something that could offend the special snowflake Amash. Just my $0.02.

    Navin R Johnson (b139c1)

  24. since when is letting a company continue its legal business considered giving it a benefit ? Amish is too smart for his own good …

    KaiserDerden (faa0ee)

  25. Amash’s explanation for his vote rings false.

    I voted present on H R 3, Northern Route Approval Act. The Keystone XL pipeline is a private project owned by TransCanada Corporation. This bill improperly exempts TransCanada Corporation—and no other company—from laws that require pipeline owners and operators to obtain certain government permits and approvals.

    The bill exempts this project from those laws because it has made much more than a good faith effort to obtain all those permits and approvals, and has been unreasonably denied them. Amash’s objection would be valid only if there were some other project that had also attempted in good faith to obtain those permits and been denied for the same BS political reasons, and it were deliberately excluded from this bill. But there isn’t. There isn’t any other proposed pipeline at all. There’s nothing wrong with special legislation to correct an injustice that is happening to one person, so long as any similarly situated person would also get such legislation. I wonder whether he would also have failed to support the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which similarly grants one industry an exemption from generally applicable laws, because that one industry had been the victim of extreme abuse of those laws.

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

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