Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Rep. Justin Amash Considers "Libertarian Challenge" to Trump

Justin Amash
By Robert Wenzel

The Libertarian Party has urged Rep. Justin Amash to consider mounting a third-party challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, reports Roll Call.
He told his hometown paper that while he would not “rule out” a bid, he has not completely “thought through” his plans.

According to Roll Call, when asked about the possibility of a presidential run over the last several weeks, Amash has repeated his desire to see a candidate challenge the dominance of Democrats and Republicans in politics, which he has described as a “two-party duopoly.” And when asked in January at a Libertarian convention to describe the ideal third-party presidential candidate, Amash referred to himself.

I'm not sure if this is good news or bad news. At times Amash has taken libertarian-type positions but he is far from consistent on this.

Never forget his 2012 statement, "I am not going to take anything off the table if we can resolve some of our biggest issues as a country," when asked about higher taxes to balance the budget.

He later doubled-down on this position.

Then he had the very peculiar comments about Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

If Amash takes consistent hardcore libertarian positions as a Libertarian Party candidate that would be great but if he is going to wander far from libertarianism as he has in the past, then he is better off just remaining in the House with Alexandria Occasio-Cortez.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. More about Wenzel here.

(ht David Brown)


Jacob Hornberger Running for Libertarian Party Presidential Nomination

No comments:

Post a Comment