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George Will profiles Justin Amash as "One to Watch"

Washington Post: America’s most interesting development since November is the Republican Party becoming more interesting. Consider the congressman from Grand Rapids, Mich., who occupies the seat once held by Gerald Ford, embodiment of vanilla Republicanism. Justin Amash, 33, may seek the Senate seat being vacated by six-term Democrat Carl Levin, who was elected in 1978, two years before Amash was born.

Michigan supported Barack Obama over native son Mitt Romney by 9.5 points and has elected just one Republican senator since 1966. The governor, however, and nearly all other statewide officers are Republicans, the GOP controls both legislative chambers, and Amash, son of a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother, would benefit from Michigan having the nation’s second-largest Arab American population (almost 200,000).

He absorbed a libertarian understanding of opportunity from the example of his father, who began his very successful business career by buying stuff from small wholesalers and selling it door-to-door. Amash graduated magna cum laude with an economics degree from the University of Michigan, then earned a law degree there. “Some of my views,” he says mildly, “were a little bit different from my Republican peers.” He began reading Friedrich Hayek and other representatives of the Austrian school of economics, and less than four years after he left Ann Arbor, he was in Michigan’s Legislature, where in his one term he cast the only “no” vote on more than 70 bills.

When an eight-term Republican incumbent retired from Congress in 2010, Amash, supported by the free-market Club for Growth, handily won the primary and the general election because, he says, of “the simplicity of my message” — limited government, economic freedom, individual liberty. He refuses to vote for legislation the House has not been given time to read, which is eccentric, and he explains each vote on Facebook.


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George Will is not a friend of liberty.

He's all for an overarching federal government run by an aristocracy of elites. Read his "State Craft vs Soul Craft" and tell me if he's not anything more than a neocon dressed up as a "historian". I'm not saying there's something wrong with Amash, but Will is not the person to take any advise from.

As a son of a Palestinian

As a son of a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother, he is very unlikely to be a whore for AIPAC, a good thing. The bad thing is that we can be sure AIPAC will use its influence to send lots of money to whoever his opponent is.

Gilligan's picture

Is Liberty going mainstream?!


Google is government.

J. Amash

Bump for liberty

Bad food, worse weather, please rEVOLution the states so I can bring my family back home!
Rosa Koire for for President!

Good read...

Thanks for postin.