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Congressman Justin Amash Endorses Ted Cruz for President

Libertarian-leaning Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan’s third congressional district was an early and loud supporter of Sen. Rand Paul’s quest for the Republican nomination in 2016. Now, with Sen. Paul having dropped out of the race, Amash has announced that he is shifting his support to Sen. Ted Cruz.

It’s easy to withdraw from politics when the positions and priorities of the candidates do not precisely mirror our own. But we owe it to our beliefs to find constitutional conservative political allies who not only respect our philosophy but also fight for our views to be heard,” wrote Amash in a Tuesday op ed in the Independent Journal Review. “We have found such an ally in Senator Ted Cruz.

[RELATED: Reality Check: Ted Cruz Doesn’t Vote To Audit Fed, Took Personal Loan for Campaign from Goldman-Sachs]

Amash noted that Cruz “is not a libertarian and doesn’t claim to be,” but referred to him as a “principled defender of the Constitution, a brilliant strategist and debater who can defeat the Democratic nominee in the general election, and the only remaining candidate I trust to take on what he correctly calls the Washington Cartel.”

The Michigan congressman pointed to the possibility that the next president might ultimately nominate a replacement for recently-deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as part of his rationale in choosing Cruz, who once served as a Supreme Court clerk and many times argued cases before its justices.

Since Ted arrived in the Senate, he has stood shoulder to shoulder with the House Freedom Caucus, of which I am a member. Ted has consistently led the fight in the Senate against the Washington Cartel’s trillion-dollar omnibus spending bills,” Amash wrote. He also noted that Cruz won Iowa while expressing opposition to ethanol subsidies “even though pundits warned that no one could win the state without pandering to the ethanol lobby.

[RELATED: Exclusive: Congressman Justin Amash, Why The GOP is So Afraid Of Him and How Corporate Money and PACs Control Washington]

On foreign policy and civil liberties, Amash said he does not always see eye-to-eye with Cruz but noted that the Senator from Texas opposed military intervention in Libya and generally opposes overseas national building policies. He also pointed out that Sen. Cruz battled in the Senate against indefinite detentions of U.S. citizens and CISA, which Amash referred to as “a cyberspying bill that violates the privacy of all Americans.”

To defend liberty, we must defend our Constitution. I’m supporting Ted because, knowing him personally and having served with him in Congress over the past few years, I trust him as a conservative ally who consistently listens to my perspective and stands firm for what he believes is right,” concluded Amash.

Fox 17 West Michigan notes that presidential primary voting is set to take place in Amash’s home state of Michigan on March 8.

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Amash: Most “Egregious” Violation of Privacy Law Just Passed By Congress

With next to no debate, Congress may have quietly passed a bill authorizing the executive branch access to nearly all communications by Americans.

Congressman Justin Amash attempted to rally members of Congress against the bill saying it is one of the most egregious attacks on rule of law that he has seen since becoming a member of Congress.

Ben Swann has more on the legislation and how it managed to be passed with almost no one noticing.

Exclusive: Congressman Justin Amash, Why The GOP is So Afraid Of Him and How Corporate Money and PACs Control Washington

He is only a second term Congressman and yet Rep. Justin Amash from Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District has made a lot of waves.  The waves he has made however, are not in the form of theatrics or creating a sideshow of himself.  Rather, Amash has made a name for himself as being one of the rare members of Congress who votes only to uphold and protect the Constitution rather than down party lines.

The 32 year-old attorney says he works every day to represent his entire constituency rather than just a small portion of primary voters. It is likely for that reason that Amash has risen to the top of the GOP hit list.  Republican insiders such as Karl Rove have called Amash “the most liberal Republican”.  Meanwhile, a coalition of business owners and special interest groups are backing a primary challenge to Amash, hoping to defeat him this spring.

Ben Swann spoke with Amash for a half hour on the Ben Swann Radio Show, Wednesday about the challenge he is facing in the primary and why Republican establishment is so afraid of him.  Rep. Amash also talked about the challenges of a political system that is for sale to special interest groups and lobbying firms.

Below are transcripts from the interview as well as the full audio interview.

Swann:  “You are a guy who has made a lot of headlines lately, specifically because Republican establishment is so afraid of you because they are really coming after you this primary season and trying to remove you from office at really any cost necessary.  Is that correct?”

Amash:  “Yeah, it seems like there is a more concerted effort this time around.  Last time they kinda stayed on the sidelines during the primary but this time they have stories in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post and another major publications where my name is in there, my name is in the stories.  Somebody is putting my name in there, somebody is telling these reporters, ‘Justin Amash is the establishment’s main target’.”

Swann: “Karl Rove called you the ‘most liberal Republican in the House’.  I suppose if we are talking about classical liberal that is true.  But when Karl Rove says that,  that is a laughable statement in the way he is using it because clearly he is using ‘liberal’ as a smear, to call you the most liberal Republican.  I follow you on Facebook and so I see your Facebook posts.  You are the only guy I’ve seen who posts every single vote you make in Congress and you post why you voted the way you did.  I’ve never seen anything that I would call ‘progressively’ liberal, what I have seen I would call Constitutionally sound.”

Amash:  “Thanks, I’ve been doing that since I was in the State House, I got to Congress and I wanted to make sure that I explained every vote.  I’ve done that over 2,300 times since I have been in Congress.    I’m a Constitutional conservative and some people call that libertarian.  And look, if you look at my score cards across multiple organizations, I am considered one of the most conservative members of Congress, if not THE most conservative and I’m proud of that.  People at home want me to follow the Constitution.   Whether you are a Republican or Democrat or Independent, I think that’s what people are looking for, someone who will follow the Constitution and I think that scares some people in the Republican establishment because there are times when I will cross over and vote with Democrats to help limit the size of government and if there are instances where Democrats will help to limit the size of government and Republicans aren’t, then that scares the Republican establishment.”

Swann: The guy who is running against you Brian Ellis is basically attacking you from the right and from the left.  He is basically arguing that you are both too liberal and too conservative and too principled.  Now when you start saying that a Congressman is too principled, talk about an oxymoron.”

 Amash: “It has been a bizarre campaign.  He’s really tried to have it both ways.  That’s because I am independent and I am a constitutional conservative.  For a guy like him who is from the political establishment and believes in big government, he doesn’t understand someone like me.  He doesn’t understand principles, he doesn’t understand following the Constitution, so he is going to attack from all sorts of angles.  You know, I’m doing what I was elected to do, to follow the Constitution and to limit the size of government and making sure that we protect people’s liberty.”

Swann:  “Ron Paul was the architect of the money bomb, at least his campaign was.  I don’t think he ever planned for it to be that way but it certainly became a very successful fundraising tool.”

Amash: “Yeah for people like Ron Paul and like me, we don’t get very much support from corporate PACs or special interest groups.  We are certainly not out there trying to seek that kind of support and even if we were, we are not going to get it. They are not interested in people who follow the Constitution and seek liberty, so I have to go straight to the people and ask for their support.

We had a money bomb that started yesterday and we still have it up at JustinAmash.com and people can go there today and support our efforts.  And I really depend on individuals out there to help support my campaign.  If I don’t receive individual support individual support my campaign doesn’t have the resources to compete.  You have to have resources to get advertising out.

Most members of Congress receive their contributions from corporate PACs and other interest groups.  I don’t.  I have to receive most of my money from individuals and if that dries up, I’m in trouble.”

Swann:  “I am curious, how many visits do you get from special interest or lobbying firms?”

Amash:  “We still get a fair share but it certainly has gone down significantly since I first entered Congress.   I remember when I first got here, it was all the time.  People coming in and asking for favors and asking me for money.  They would me that if we spent $1 on this we would get $2 or $3 dollars back in return.  And when you tell people we have a spending problem and we can’t afford to be doing this, at some point they stop showing up at your door.  But look, I am here to represent all the people.  Anyone is welcome to come to my door, to come here and make pitches.  Lobbyists can come here and make pitches but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to go along with them.  But I have to represent every single person not just special interest groups and lobbyists.”

Swann and Rep. Amash went on to talk about a new bill being put forward by Congressman Mike Rogers that will reportedly “end NSA bulk collection of data.”  Rep. Amash explains how that is not the case at all, in fact, the bill will likely increase the amount of data being collected and accessed by government.

You can listen to that and the rest of the full interview here:

NSA, NDAA, Real ID Act | Rep. Justin Amash says Congress must correct dangerous path

Leaders in Washington are fighting direct threats to liberty: the NDAA, the Real ID act, and NSA programs.

In an interview with the DailyCaller.com, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said, “I think it’s scary the direction the government is going, regardless of whether you have a Republican President or a Democratic President. We have an executive branch that is getting way too powerful, and President Obama is setting the stage for something very dangerous in the future.”

“I think as a Congress we have to step up and point out when the President is going beyond his constitutional powers, which is frequent, and we have got to do something about it and we haven’t done that as a Congress,” he said.

 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R – T.X.), echoed Amash’s concern when he released a statement regarding the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. I am deeply concerned that Congress still has not prohibited President Obama’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens arrested on American soil without trial or due process.”

“I hope that next year the Senate and the House can come together in a bipartisan way to recognize the importance of our constitutional rights even in the face of ongoing terrorist threats and national security challenges. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee toward this common goal.”

According to Joe Wolverton, II, J.D, the new version of the NDAA expands federal powers even further.

“The NDAA included provisions that purported to authorize the president of the United States to deploy the U.S. military to apprehend and indefinitely detain any person (including an American citizen) who he believes “represent[s] an enduring security threat to the United States,” said Wolverton.

The Real ID is a big concern, as well. Though some states have nullified the law, 21 states are already compliant, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Earlier this year, Sen. Rand Paul (R – K.Y.) spoke against a National ID.

“Forcing Americans to carry around an identification card to affirmatively prove citizenship offends our basic concept of freedom. Wanting to avoid a “papers, please” culture in our country is also why conservatives oppose federal universal gun background checks. We oppose such measures not because we don’t believe in common-sense rules or regulation — but because we are wary of giving the federal government this kind of centralized power over our daily lives,” said Paul.

Despite Paul’s protest, the Department of Homeland Security will begin enforcing REAL ID in 2014.

According to HStoday.com, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin in April, 2014.  The enforcement will start in steps within restricted areas of DHS headquarters, followed by a phased approach with substantial enforcement in 2016.

Critics of Real ID compare the proposed “papers, please” culture to Nazi Germany. Scenes in movies like The Pianist and Schindler’s List show citizens forced to produce identity cards to authorities.

This week, Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of President Obama’s task force on surveillance, insisted that the NSA is not spying on Americans. Yet, he is now calling for the expansion of surveillance that targets emails.

“I would argue that what effectiveness we have seen to date is totally irrelevant to how effective it might be in the future,” he said. “This program, 215 (a section under the Patriot Act), has the ability to stop the next 9/11 and if you added emails in there it would make it even more effective. Had it been in place in 2000 and 2001, I think that probably 9/11 would not have happened.” Morell told the National Journal.

As reported by Benswann.com’s Michael Lotfi, a federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection of information on all phone calls likely violates the Constitution.

President Obama, members of the Republican Party and unelected bureaucrats continue to usurp the rights of Americans, but Amash, Cruz and Paul continue to resist the abuse of federal powers.

This year Sen. Harry Reid (D – N.V.) called them “tea party anarchists” and Sen. John McCain (R – A.Z.) called them, “wacko birds,” but many Americans called them heroes because they fought for limited government and civil liberties. Leaders like Cruz and Paul are soaring in popularity and building a broad-based coalition, but will it be enough to correct the “dangerous path” Amash warns us about?