View Full Version : U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, a Ron Paul protégé, seeks a GOP 'revolution' | Detroit News

03-15-2012, 08:08 AM
Great article on the relationship between Dr. Paul and Justin Amash. With Dr. Paul leaving, we need to get behind Justin Amash and make sure he keeps his seat!


As a young Michigan state representative with a penchant for casting the sole "no" vote on legislation in Lansing, Justin Amash wondered how his independent streak would fare in Congress.

So Amash flew to Texas in early 2010 to ask advice from someone with a history of bucking the establishment in Washington: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

Paul explained to Amash that voting against the Republican Party in Congress may be a difficult path, but he encouraged Amash, saying sticking to the limits of the Constitution and fighting for civil liberties wins support among constituents. "Liberty is popular," Paul said, according to Amash.


What began as a meeting in Texas between political mentor and protégé has evolved into a relationship that's taken on greater importance as Paul, 76, prepares to leave Congress at the end of his 12th term in January 2013. Amash of Cascade Township near Grand Rapids says he's ready to take up the torch in the House and believes the movement Paul has started and grown during three runs for president means it won't be long before he's not so alone.

Paul has been the "godfather of the liberty movement" within the Republican Party, Amash said. While "no one can replace Ron Paul," Amash says he will do what he can in the House — along with Paul's son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — to advance the principles of strict constitutional governance, smaller government, non-interventionist foreign policy, transparency and civil liberties.

"We will do our best to carry the liberty movement forward," Amash said.


Paul doesn't view himself as an individual passing the torch, but rather as a spokesman for the many before him who believe in free market economics. While there are some in the House, including liberal Democrats, who align with him on wars and civil liberties, Amash, he says, "understands it completely."

Paul said that while others have sought his support in the past, Amash's sincerity and voting record stood out.

Others "want to get the support of people who understand what I'm doing, but they don't necessarily have their heart in it," said Paul, who endorsed Amash in his first bid for Congress. "Justin was different."

03-15-2012, 08:26 AM
"I trust him," Paul said. "I'll take advice from him now."

Amash is going to have a really tough reelection battle. We can't lose an incumbent, especially one as good as him.

We should also elect a few friends for him too. It can get lonely up there.

03-15-2012, 09:57 AM
Great article. Unfortunately he will not be able to change things alone.