Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., told a crowd of libertarians Thursday that Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are on the extreme fringes of American society in terms of their views on war.â Speaking at the Liberty Political Action Conference, Amash was responding to a question about Graham’s request to seek military action against Iran as well as Syria. âIâve had a lot of town halls in my district â there is basically nobody who thinks like they do,â Amash said. âSo, you know, itâs a very small percentage of the population and I think you can basically dismiss what theyâre doing.â Amash also spoke at length about his amendment that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s program to collect massive stores of consumer telephone records and metadata from innocent Americans.
I’m going to try really hard to ignore that Rep. Amash is fixated on the idea of moon bases and engineered talking bears …
But to his point, dismissing the classified briefings on Syria as pointless is the kind of misanthropy that sums up his near two-terms.
If only there were someone in Congress with the first hand experience of Syrian hardship, the refugee crisis therein, and the necessity to emigrate from the region. And if only that certain Congressman took the initiative to use such experience to educate colleagues in the house.
“If anyone wonders, for example, whether newspapers were a thing of the past all you need to do was to pick up or log on to papers like the Boston Globe. When their communities and the wider world needed them most, they were there making sense of events that might at first blush seem beyond our comprehension. And that’s what great journalism is and that’s what great journalists do.”—President Obama (via kileyrae)
“They will try to hide their decision behind grand talk, behind willfully false accounts of what the bill might have done — trust me, I know how politicians talk when they want to distract you — but their decision was based on a misplaced sense of self-interest. I say misplaced, because to preserve their dignity and their legacy, they should have heeded the voices of their constituents. They should have honored the legacy of the thousands of victims of gun violence and their families, who have begged for action, not because it would bring their loved ones back, but so that others might be spared their agony.”—A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip (via kileyrae)