Justin Amash

Video: Rep. Justin Amash on Debt, Abortion, Immigration, and More


Texas Gov. Rick Perry made an impromptu appearance at a recent CPAC party, stealing the spotlight from Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as he was addressing the crowd. Amash would later jokingly tweet that Perry "crashed" his event.

You can check out Reason TV's in-depth, Rick Perry free interview with Amash from April 1, 2013. Original writeup is below:

"If you allow people to make people to make their own decisions, you actually get good outcomes for society," says Rep. Justin Amash in his recent interview with Reason Magazine's Nick Gillespie. "And that really is something that I think about a lot as a legislator."

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), often touted as "the next Ron Paul" had a rocky start to his second term in Congress. After overcoming a redistricting effort to win re-election by a comfortable margin in November, Amash was welcomed back to Washington with a pink slip: He and a group of libertarian-leaning backbenchers were stripped of their committee assignments by the GOP leadership. Adding insult to injury, the party establishment claimed that the rebuke wasn't ideological; that it had more to do with what Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) termed "the asshole factor."

Amash, seen as the ringleader of the House "liberty movement," responded by leading a failed coup against House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in what was supposed to be a rubber-stamped re-election as majority leader. Meanwhile, on a series of crucial votes—the "fiscal cliff" tax hike in January and the March agreement to raise the debt ceiling — Amash and several of his uppity libertarian colleagues voted against party leadership. If Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the leading liberty-movement troublemaker in the United States Senate, Amash is shaping up to be his main counterpart in the House.

Endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus and Young Americans for Liberty, the 33-year-old Amash has made waves by explaining all of his votes on social media, a practice he began during his single term as a Michigan state legislator. He has earned a 100 percent rating from the fiscally conservative Club for Growth, and has taken up where Ron Paul left off on civil liberties.

The son of Syrian and Palestinian immigrants, Amash has made a name for himself as a non-interventionist. "It's very dangerous if we get in the habit of deciding who the good guys are and who the bad guys are," he says of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and other unsavory characters. He's also a social conservative, describing himself as "100 percent pro-life," but opining that ultimately, "marriage is a private contract that has nothing to do with government."

In March, ReasonTV Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie interviewed Amash in his office, where the walls are adorned with likenesses of Frederic Bastiat, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Carl Menger, Murray Rothbard, and Ayn Rand.

Runs about 38 minutes.

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  1. Charlie Crist is on CNN, weeping over the lost soul of the Republican Party.

    He loves Big Brother, now.


  2. Holy shit, Crist is a total fucking nutcase.

    “Think how much stronger Florida’s economy would be if we were pissing billions away on TRAYNZZZZ!”

  3. The son of Syrian and Palestinian immigrants…

    America will never elect president a man with a funny name, both of whose parents weren’t American.

  4. Holy shit, Crist is a total fucking nutcase.

    Well, yeah, if you take him at his word. If you replace “Florida’s economy” with “my personal bank account” it seems perfectly rational.

    For you non-Floridians, after losing the senate race, Crist became the public face for the state’s most infamous sue-happy law firm, Morgan & Morgan*. Weirdly, M&M are now on the right side of the push for a statewide medical marijuana bill.

    *How anyone in Florida would vote for him after that I still don’t understand.

  5. He’s also a social conservative

    Fucking SoCons!

  6. Peter King is on Meet the Press, connecting the dots.

    Malaysian Terrorists!

    Time for Wing Attack Plan R.

    Also, Rand Paul is an isolationist traitor.

    1. Time to blow up some Protestant pubs, eh, Rep. King?

    2. Also, Rand Paul is an isolationist traitor.

      I forget how that line got beaten, but it doesn’t really have the sting it used to have.

  7. Happy Daylight Savings Time Murikan Reasonoids.

    (Excepting AZ and HI which aren’t real states anyway)

    1. Yeah, suck it, Arizonans.

    2. This means that True Detective will be on an hour earlier than it otherwise would have been.

      There ought to be a law…

  8. I am super happy to have Amash around and wish him well for many days, but this is a bit of silliness:

    “It’s very dangerous if we get in the habit of deciding who the good guys are and who the bad guys are,”

    Really? We can’t decide who would be better for American security or establish preference on a different basis without it being vaguely ‘dangerous’? We can’t possibly have preference and not intervene? Noninterventionism is a religion.

  9. Lots of folks here don’t want us to intervene on our own border, good luck looking for agreement to intervene anywhere else.

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