Reaction to Justin Amash reminds us why we need a new party

I know this may come as a shock to regular readers and listeners of the Strident Conservative, but yesterday’s article defending Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) against the onslaught of attacks from Trump and a swarm of his sycophants didn’t go over too well with worshippers of God’s chosen man in the White House.

In the Age of Trump, if you’re someone who has the unmitigated gall to refuse bowing at the altar of Trump and you dare to point out that he really isn’t the deity he and his cult believes him to be, you can count on hearing about it. And if you’re a Republican in Congress refusing to bow, then Katy bar the door because the “T” in Trump stands for trouble … and it’s a-comin’.

According to Trumpservatives and their buddies in the faux-conservative media, Amash was wrong to conclude Trump engaged in impeachable activities. And while that’s open to debate, the accusations leveled against a man who carries a 90% Liberty Score® (A) at Conservative Review ranged from pathetic (He’s a RINO with interests in China) to flat-out hateful (He’s a closet Muslim who hates Israel).

This has become standard operating procedure in the Age of Trump where fealty to Trump and the GOP has replaced facts, but it serves as another reminder of how decrepit the Democrat/Republican duopoly has become and how desperately we need to build a new party to take down the establishment.

Despite the odds being overwhelmingly against us, conditions could be ripe for a serious third-party challenger to make some noise in 2020.

According to a recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, exactly half of all registered voters not only support the idea of a third party, they say one “is needed,” including 45 percent of Republicans, 45 percent of Democrats, and 63 percent of Independents. Additionally, 35 percent of the 1993 registered voters participating in the poll said they would likely vote for someone other than the Democrat or Republican in 2020.

One interesting demographic in the survey showed 26 percent of voters who APPROVE of Trump’s job performance were somewhat or very likely to consider a third-party candidate over Trump and his yet-to-be-determined Democrat opponent.

The lie of the Democrat/Republican duopoly is that voting for a third-party candidate is a wasted vote. In reality, when we surrender our liberty by voting for someone in violation of our conscience, we are guilty of rejecting our God-given right of self-determination and freedom.

I’ve shared this in the past, but it bears repeating considering Amash’s possible 2020 run. Noah Webster once said:

“If the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made; not for the public good so much for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.”

Placing unprincipled men in office? THAT would be a wasted vote!



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