I recently had the pleasure of lunching with House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows. We discussed the future of the conservative movement and specifically how 3rd parties can play a role in that future. We didn’t discuss Representative Justin Amash specifically, but the general sentiment was that third parties could be effective at rallying a small group of “in-betweeners” who shared views with traditional conservatives. But there was a caveat.
One important distinction needs to be made. “In-betweeners” are not necessarily moderates. They can be, but oftentimes they are quite extreme with their views, though not necessarily falling in line with one side or the other. For example, Amash is adamant about limiting government and cutting spending, aligning nicely with the stated Republican goals. But he’s also adamant about open borders and increasing the rights of illegal immigrants, aligning with the Democrats.
Justin Amash leaves House Freedom Caucus after ‘impeachable’ comments https://t.co/sQSn6tojaS
— ted whitford (@WhitfordTed) June 11, 2019
Even if we set aside his recent attacks on President Trump and the possibility that he will run for President as a Libertarian, we should consider his border views as antithetical of what the House Freedom Caucus represents. It’s the most pro-American caucus in the House of Representatives. Members get two “passes,” according to Meadows, to allow them to rarely vote against the caucus if it behooves them or their district to do so. This makes sense; we are not electing representatives to do the will of a caucus but rather the will of the people they represent. Thankfully, the Freedom Caucus generally sides with the fundamental principles conservatives demand when we cast our votes.
Amash is quite conservative on most issues, but where his views differ are not inconsequential. We must have strong borders. We must have a differentiation between those who come into our county legally and those who bypass our legal system in an attempt to steal our sovereignty. As noted earlier, 90% of recent asylum seekers do not even show up for their hearing. Why should these people, who have broken at least two laws in the first few months of their American experience, be given driver’s licences, jobs, and the right to vote? Amash wants these things for them.
Personally, I like Amash. I agree with his perspectives the vast majority of the time. He’s been one of the most consistent limited-government voices in DC. And I don’t fault him for breaking from the tribe even though I disagree with his reasoning. He’s doing and saying what he believes to be true, so for that he should be commended.
The future of the American Conservative Movement is based partially on a belief that illegal immigration is a huge problem. Amash is opposed to this truth, so he doesn’t belong in the House Freedom Caucus.
We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.
[gravityform id=”2″ title=”true” description=”false”]