April 25, 2011, - 2:30 pm
When the Republicans failed to eliminate taxpayer money to NPR a/k/a National Palestinian Radio and Planned Parenthood, I decried it on this site. One of those you can thank for this is new Congressman Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan who enjoyed Tea Party support. He just couldn’t bring himself to vote against those, and his reasoning is as stupid as they come. More on that below. As you’ll recall, I wrote about Amash and how he campaigned on, among other things, “a Palestinian state with contiguous borders,” meaning that Gaza and the so-called West Bank should be connected via more usurpation of Israeli land, Israeli homes, Israeli farms, and Israeli property. That’s no surprise, given that Amash brags of his Palestinian and Syrian Arab heritage and belongs to the anti-Israel Orthodox Church.
Congressman Justin Amash: The GOP’s/Tea Party’s Putz
But Amash, a career politician and spoiled rich kid–whose family spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get him elected, has shown he’s just as much of a putz on domestic policy as he is on foreign policy.
In the last three months, nearly 20 members have availed themselves of a “present” or two over the course of about 272 votes.
Then there’s Justin Amash, the newly elected, 30-year-old west Michigan Republican fresh from one term in the state House.
He has had 17 “present” votes . . . . They’ve come on votes big and small — on measures to strip federal funding for National Public Radio, for instance, or to slash money to Planned Parenthood.
Amash claims he voted “present” instead of against funding NPR and Planned Parenthood because he believes the votes
are unconstitutional because they single out the organizations. “It’s not saying, ‘We don’t like subsidizing speech,’ it’s saying, ‘We don’t like subsidizing NPR,’ ” he said.
HUH?! Absurd. Virtually every single piece of legislation considered by Congress singles out organizations. How the heck does he think that NPR and Planned Parenthood got taxpayer money in the first place, and not, say, conservative websites and pro-life organizations. Did Amash stop to think for a second that by his same reasoning it might be unconstitutional, in the first place, to single out NPR and Planned Parenthood–two organizations with obvious left-wing agendas–to specifically receive money from the federal government as items in the budget?
This dumbass behavior has garnered Amash kudos from the liberal New York Times, including a gushing piece the newspaper of record did on him. Shocker.
But, like I said, Amash received overwhelming support from the Tea Partiers. Where are they now? Still cheering him on. Why? Ask them. Clearly, at least in the case of Amash, they can’t bring themselves to say, “Hey, we were wrong supporting this Palestinian Islamo-sympathizing NPR and Planned Parenthood supporter who is wimpier than any Congressman in the House.”
The real conservative in the primary in Amash’s safe Republican district was Bill Hardiman, a Republican State Senator, a Vietnam Vet, a Christian Minister and Israel-supporter who gets it on Islam, and a principled conservative who happens to be Black. Hardiman is a truly great American and a patriot if there ever was one. He was the guy, but Tea Partiers, instead, chose a young moron in Amash. (I wish I’d done more to help the very worthy Hardiman.)
I’m all for Republicans courting the young, as they are the future of the country and tending more and more liberal (and stupid). But it’s no coincidence that this jerk, Amash, is the second youngest Congressman currently serving. Younger elected officials who’ve never had a real job in their lives are the worst elected officials and the most out of touch.
That’s definitely the case with Justin Amash, a guy who can’t bring himself to “single out” Planned Parenthood and NPR for an end to government funding, when they were singled out to get it in the first place.
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