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Brian4Liberty
10-30-2014, 10:43 AM
Rep. Justin Amash Says Americans Are Becoming More Libertarian—And Congress Will Too (http://reason.com/archives/2014/10/29/as-election-looms-optimistic-amash-sees)
'Our pro-liberty caucus is growing every year.'
By Robby Soave - October 29, 2014


Is the libertarian message winning? Coasting toward a major electoral victory next week, freedom-friendly Congressman Justin Amash certainly thinks so—even if Washington, D.C. isn't listening yet.

The libertarian Republican, who hails from a right-leaning district in western Michigan, is widely expected to win reelection on November 4. He already passed the real test: a significant primary challenge from a well-funded opponent backed by neoconservative and corporatist critics of Amash's views. The challenger, Brian Ellis, stooped as low as he could go, releasing an ad that accused Amash of being "al-Qaida's best friend in Congress" due to the representative's opposition to NSA spying and unauthorized wars.

The ad backfired. District voters preferred Amash's brand of skeptical anti-government conservatism to Ellis's Bush-era demagoguery.
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First elected to Congress during the Tea Party wave of 2010, Amash says subsequent elections brought more representatives who are sympathetic to the views of an increasingly libertarian electorate into the fold.

"Our pro-liberty caucus is growing every year," he said.

He credits Sen. Rand Paul for breaking ground as a libertarian-aligned U.S. senator and continuing to draw attention to the cause via his widely-expected presidential run.
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Amash was equally critical of Congressional leaders Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who allowed lawmakers to leave Washington, D.C. on August recess without debating Obama's ISIS plan. His willingness to speak out against government overreach, whether propagated by Republicans or Democrats, has made enemies of some powerful people in D.C., but is undoubtedly endearing him to conservative and independent voters, as well as libertarians and anti-authoritarian liberals. He isn't letting up anytime soon.

"The wall we face right now is that leadership and the president and the chairman of several key committees are controlled by people who are anti-privacy and who are pushing for greater government control of our lives and our information," said Amash.

Despite the significant hurdles, Amash remains genuinely optimistic that the future is bright for the cause of liberty.
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More: http://reason.com/archives/2014/10/29/as-election-looms-optimistic-amash-sees

Brian4Liberty
10-30-2014, 11:36 AM
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cindy25
10-30-2014, 11:23 PM
there will be Brat, but any other new additions expected in the new congress?

TaftFan
10-31-2014, 08:48 PM
there will be Brat, but any other new additions expected in the new congress?

Mooney, Hice, and Loudermilk are going to win for sure, while Dietzel, Bongino, Didier, Emmer, and Blum all have very good chances. There are some other candidates as well that good, who have the potential to be good, but the jury is still out (Mills, Love, Dasher, DeMaio, Garcia).

William Tell
10-31-2014, 08:52 PM
Mooney, Hice, and Loudermilk are going to win for sure, while Dietzel, Bongino, Didier, Emmer, and Blum all have very good chances. There are some other candidates as well that good, who have the potential to be good, but the jury is still out.

Why so sure about Mooney? I heard it's neck and neck over there.

TaftFan
10-31-2014, 08:57 PM
Why so sure about Mooney? I heard it's neck and neck over there.
You know you're right. I was thinking the wrong district in West Virginia, where in the longtime Dem Nick Rahall is really losing ground. Still, I think Mooney pulls it out. I predict depressed Democrat turnout in West Virginia, considering the changing political demographics of the state and GOP momentum.

TaftFan
10-31-2014, 09:03 PM
Among those new candidates still alive electorally, JustinPAC had donated to Marilinda Garcia, Barry Loudermilk and Alex Mooney. He also donated to three losers and three incumbents.

trey4sports
10-31-2014, 09:06 PM
Mooney, Hice, and Loudermilk are going to win for sure, while Dietzel, Bongino, Didier, Emmer, and Blum all have very good chances. There are some other candidates as well that good, who have the potential to be good, but the jury is still out (Mills, Love, Dasher, DeMaio, Garcia).

yeah, was there not a candidates thread for the midterm? I looked and couldn't find one. I'll be the first to admit I've been outta the loop this cycle but am curious myself as to what solid candidates we have this election.

TaftFan
10-31-2014, 09:49 PM
yeah, was there not a candidates thread for the midterm? I looked and couldn't find one. I'll be the first to admit I've been outta the loop this cycle but am curious myself as to what solid candidates we have this election.

It is there but not stickied.

Brian4Liberty
10-31-2014, 10:28 PM
yeah, was there not a candidates thread for the midterm? I looked and couldn't find one. I'll be the first to admit I've been outta the loop this cycle but am curious myself as to what solid candidates we have this election.

Where did you look?

If you look at the menu of forums (there is a "Liberty Forums" button at the top), you will see several sub-forums for candidates:
http://www.ronpaulforums.com/forum.php

The "Liberty Campaign Evaluation" sub-forum is for vetting candidates:
http://www.ronpaulforums.com/forumdisplay.php?343-Liberty-Campaign-Evaluation

The "Liberty Candidates" sub-forum has threads related to candidates and candidate news:
http://www.ronpaulforums.com/forumdisplay.php?42-Liberty-Candidates

jurgs01
11-01-2014, 05:04 AM
yeah, was there not a candidates thread for the midterm? I looked and couldn't find one. I'll be the first to admit I've been outta the loop this cycle but am curious myself as to what solid candidates we have this election.

Check out the link at my sig. We track a pretty solid list of liberty candidates and fellow travelers. The US Senate is going to be a wash for liberty this year, but there will be good gains in the House.

Vanguard101
11-03-2014, 10:04 AM
there will be Brat, but any other new additions expected in the new congress?

I believe we have about 10-15 people that would be a good edition to the liberty caucus. Clawson is already there and is probably as good as a supply-sider when it comes to fiscal conservatism. He also is a bit anti-interventionist.

"Gary Palmer (AL-6)
Carl DeMaio (CA-52)
Ken Buck (CO-4)
Jody Hice (GA-10)
Barry Loudermilk (GA-11)
Richard Tisei (MA-6)
Daniel Bongino (MD-6)
Tom Emmer (MN-6)
Stewart Mills (MN-8)
Mark Walker (NC-6)
Vince Coakley (NC-12)
Marilinda Garcia (NH-2)
Mia Love (UT-4)
David Brat (VA-7)
Clint Didier (WA-4)
Alex X. Mooney (WV-2)"

Blum is good as well

philipped
11-11-2014, 10:04 AM
Carlos Cuberlo (FL-26) check him out. Do you guys think he'd make the cut for the liberty caucus?

Bastiat's The Law
11-11-2014, 10:13 AM
Blum is the liberty All-Star of the last election and he's totally flying under the radar.