Rep. Amash blames the support for President Trump on party unity

Category:  Opinions
Friday, November 1st, 2019 at 11:26 AM

In June of 2019, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan became the first Republican to announce his support for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In July 2019, he would leave the Republican Party to become an independent with libertarian leanings.

Amash said in a press conference that Republicans feel trapped into defending Trump. Why would Republicans feel trapped? Amash blames party unity. In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, Amash warned about the dangers of party unity.

“Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law.” Amash believes that Republicans are afraid to oppose Trump because they fear ostracization from the party as a whole.

Party unity is a very frustrating topic for people associated with any political party. Whether you’re Republican, Democrat or Independent, you have likely suffered some of the consequences of this idea.

Party unity, or the tendency of people in the same political party to support each other, sounds well and good, but the problem arises when representatives of those sides make compromises on what they think is right in order to align with their party.

As a member of congress you have two choices: follow the party line or don’t get re-elected/elected.

It all lies within the nature of the voting system. Our voting system allows a person without a majority of the votes to win. A perfect example of this happened in 1992 in the race to become U.S. president.

Near the end of the 1992 election, there were three candidates who were still in the running. Bill Clinton (Democrat), George W. Bush (Republican), and Ross Perot (third party conservative). The Federal Election Commision reported that Clinton won the race with 43 percent of the popular vote.

Meanwhile, Bush garnered 37 percent and Perot amassed a solid 19 percent.

Although one can view this as a good lead for Clinton, the uncomfortable fact that 57 percent of the voters did not want him to be president cannot be denied.

If conservatives would have simply put aside some of their differences in beliefs, they might have been able to prevent Clinton from winning the election. The majority in this case were denied, which breaks the most important rule in a democracy: majority rules. The lack of unity among conservatives caused them to lose the election.

In an effort to avoid the same failure faced in 1992, the Republican Party abandoned their moral high ground and caved to Trump.

Trump faced, at times, furious opposition from the Republican Party until it came down to just him and Hillary Clinton. It was then that the conservative resistance to Trump almost silenced.

In many Americans’ minds they wanted to pick the lesser of two evils. Whether you were a supporter of the vibrant Bernie Sanders, or the witty and sarcastic Gary Johnson, many people compromised on who they thought would do the best job as president because they were afraid of someone worse winning.

This is not a problem unique to Conservatives or Democrats; it is engrained in and encouraged by the system in place.

Amash is unfortunately correct in that many congressmen and congresswomen in Washington are not following their conscience. Not necessarily because of any immorality, but because of their fear that if they don’t help their second worst enemy, their greatest will be granted victory.

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