Tagged: Justin Amash

U.S. Going to Pot Literally, Too

If politicians figure out there is big money to made in something, they will legalize it — but regulate it at the same time, to ensure they have first dibs on the profits.┬áIf politicians are desperate for votes, they will lower themselves to anything to entice anyone, no matter how worthless and mentally decrepit, to support them. And so, in a perfect confluence...

Libertarianism vs. Classical Liberalism for Beginners

A women’s basketball player, Brittney Griner, is convicted of a drug crime in Russia, and handed nearly the maximum sentence under Russian law. The U.S. federal government, at every level, expresses outrage and anger over the apparent political motives behind the trial and sentencing. Whatever the merits of that accusation, and whatever level of illegitimacy one may find in either the Russian regime...

Random Reflections on America’s Weekly Mass Shooting Show

There has been another mass shooting at an American school. Thus, there has inevitably been another uninterrupted news cycle focusing everyone’s rapt and mock-mournful attention on every titillating detail of the “terrible day”: The crying children, the traumatized parents, the heroic individuals who did their best to save lives, and of course every available tidbit on the killer’s identity, grievances, and personal story....

If it looks like a schmuck…

News does not become “fake” merely because the greatest fraud in the history of a nation calls it that. General Michael Flynn, in publicly advocating the idea that President Trump should impose martial law and employ the U.S. military to “redo” the election, is acting like a man who knows he will never again have to answer the charge of being a Russian...

One Difference Between Experts and Me

During this brief hiatus in my continuing Limbo series, “The Rule of the Experts” (read Part One and Part Two), I cannot resist an opportunity to highlight one of my central conclusions about the kind of people modern society refers to as experts, by way of this simple point of contrast with myself: I am occasionally proven right. Case in point: Back on...

Fourth of July: Trump Demands Loyalty!

Justin Amash, the Michigan congressman who, completely against recent congressional protocol and tradition, apparently decided that turning himself into a spineless, hypocritical yes man for his party’s agenda of the moment was too high a price to pay, has gone a good distance toward fulfilling my prediction of a month ago, namely that he would seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in 2020. ...

Fearless Prediction for 2020

The best thing about fearless predictions is that even a coward can make them. After all, no one will remember what you predicted anyway, or would care even if they did remember, so the “fearless” part of a fearless prediction is purely a vanity claim.  With that as a preface and qualification, I will now venture to make a FEARLESS PREDICTION for the...

The Freedom (from Constitutionality) Caucus

Justin Amash has given up his membership in the House Freedom Caucus, saying the furor over his public disagreements with President Trump has become “a distraction” from the work of his “friends” in the Freedom Caucus. He also implies, however, that the Freedom Caucus’ position has changed in such a way that he no longer feels comfortable with the group’s message, and had...

America’s Freedom (from liberty) Caucus

Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, after reading the Mueller report, has decided that Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses, although his argument seems to be based on the premise that impeachability is kind of a nebulous thing, rather than suggestive of any specific offense.  In response to Amash’s peculiar stand, the Republican Party’s “Freedom Caucus,” which Amash helped to form, has voted to “condemn”...

Just a Normal Day in Abnormal America

Republican congressman Justin Amash, who leans hard libertarian, claimed this weekend that he had found impeachable offenses in the Mueller report, though he doesn’t seem to be able to specify what these are, and in fact takes pains to argue that the constitutional phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” does not actually imply any definable offense. Meanwhile, President Trump claims that he doesn’t wish...