Justin Amash, a Congressman from Michigan’s 3rd District, was not only a Republican, he was a member of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus. The lawmaker made waves within his party, though, after he called for the impeachment of Donald Trump after reading the Mueller Report. He was summarily bashed by both Trump and nearly every member of the GOP.
While Amash said that he intended to leave the Freedom Caucus back in early June, he still remained a member of the GOP. That changed on Independence Day as the lawmaker has announced that he is leaving the Republican party.
He made his decision public via an op-ed in the Washington Post. Amash wrote, “In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it, The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.”
The lawmaker continued his warning about current American politics, “Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law. The result has been the consolidation of political power and the near disintegration of representative democracy.”
The former Republican ended his piece with a request for all Americans. “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us,” Amash wrote. “I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”
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