Are Republicans their own worst enemies?

traitorsRep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a libertarian, is one of the most conservative members of the House. Nevertheless, Rep. Amash has been criticized for being a supporter of illegal immigration, a charge he denies. The source of the criticism is Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC). Here is how ALIPAC describes itself:

Join the fight against illegal immigration and against any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants! We represent Americans of every race, political party, and walk of life working together to support the enforcement of our existing immigration and border laws instead of any form of Amnesty for illegal aliens. Visit us often and join our e-mail alerts to take action and help us stop and reverse illegal immigration in America! We are the world’s top source of information about illegal immigration, illegal alien crimes, amnesty attempts, immigration issues in campaigns and elections, statistics, facts, activism, legislation, laws, problems, and much more!” 

Here is what ALPAC has to say about Rep. Amash:

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) signed a letter to Senator Rand Paul on March 21, 2013, with 5 other members of Congress that stated Amash supports “providing a legal status, upon certain conditions” for illegal aliens. While Amash claims he would oppose full citizenship, it is fully expected that the courts will quickly override any attempt of Congress to create a second class form of citizenship. Any change in our current laws to accommodate millions of illegal immigrants will result in voting rights for tens of millions of illegals who will then vote against Republicans.

Rep. Amash’s support for “providing a legal status, upon certain conditions” is a rather mild, reasonable gesture toward justice from this very conservative a representative of a farming district in Michigan. Still, he is being savaged by extreme nativists who blindly follow ALIPAC. Ironically, it may be Rep. Amash’s relatively uncompromising stand on immigration reform that incites right-leaning extremists to demand even more. If Rep. Amash is on their enemies list, they can have few friends.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) stumbled in a similar way with a reasonable statement that infuriated his right-leaning critics already suspicious of his claim to ultra-conservative credentials. According to The Steuben Courier Advocate article cited below, speaking about the NY SAFE Act, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said  “that residents should comply with the law’s provisions, including a requirement that guns categorized as assault weapons be registered with authorities. Fundamentally it is the law, and I would encourage people to respect that law,” Reed said.

A lawyer and Representative in Congress, Reed could not responsibly urge people to disobey laws, yet some of his erstwhile supporters have turned on him as you can see from comments (counterfeit, sickening) on the right-leaning “Primary Tom Reed” facebook page. Like Rep. Amash, by repeatedly expounding die-hard opposition to even reasonable gun regulations, Tom may have set a standard of expectations for his far right supporters that he can’t reasonably meet.

© William Hungerford – April 2014





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8 Responses to Are Republicans their own worst enemies?

  1. Anne says:

    Were Tom to give the impression of having advised someone to break the law, he would be guilty of an ethics violation per ABA standards and could possibly be disbarred (I am not sure of the fine points of this in NY law). I suppose a principled person might decide to take such a stand, but anyone who thinks that Reed qualifies as “principled” thinks incorrectly. His every action seems tailored to assure the best possible outcome for his own financial interests.


  2. pystew says:

    Like Reed’s vote to Shutdown the Government and his three votes not to pay the Congress’s bills, his quote about registering assault weapons will haunt him for the rest of the campaign. His has worked hard letting his base know that he is against the Obamacare and the SAFE Act. Obamacare is now seen as successful and the SAFE Act has continuously been supported in the courts. His anti-environment, anti-women, and anti-everything-supported-by Obama votes may help with the base, but Independent voters will move only so much to the right. The money he has received from the PACs has been impressive, but remember he had three times the money that Nate Shinagawa had, and only won by three points.


  3. Hypocrisy at its’ finest. I find it very difficult to tolerate the party GOP, but this man could hardly say “ignore the law”. What he could have done, instead, was suggest a move to get rid of the thing. I am really very tired of the whole anti-Obama blabber, but I support strong protection of he 2nd Amendment.


  4. josephurban says:

    The GOP has stopped acting like a political party and is becoming a fundamentalist religion……


  5. Deb Meeker says:

    Exactly, pystew. When Reed says “Fundamentally it is the law, and I would encourage people to respect that law”, how can he not help noticing his own votes and words about the ACA? Yikes, what a hypocrite!


  6. pystew says:

    The next part of the quote is the eye opener, “At the same time, I understand that this is an infringement upon our constitutional freedoms, and I would encourage people to make that determination (themselves).” That is CODE for, “If you, like me, think the SAFE Act is unconstitutional, determine for yourself if you are going to follow the law.”

    Reed has stated that the SAFE Act is unconstitutional at Gun Rallies, SCOPE (and other Gun Clubs) and Town Hall Meetings. Since he is a lawyer, and a congressman, people tend to believe him, follow his words, and break the law.


  7. whungerford says:

    The second part of the quote wasn’t noticed much by those giving Tom hell.


  8. whungerford says:

    Yes, no crack in the dike of orthodoxy can be tolerated lest it lead to a flood–nothing that even remotely smacks of abortion, no firearm regulation however reasonable, nothing that might be considered amnesty, the budget must balance in good times and bad at any cost..


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