One definition of obstructionist I found online reads, "a person who delays or obstructs the business before a legislative body by parliamentary contrivances or legalistic maneuvers." I read this and I wonder why the term is used like it's a bad thing? When a liberal majority is cramming through unpopular, unfunded and possibly unconstitutional legislation in the middle of the night, I want my elected official to stop it. I want an obstructionist to do whatever it takes to keep the legislation from passing.
Justin Amash is running for Congress in Michigan's 3rd District. After just two years in the Michigan House of Representatives, Justin has acquired a well-deserved reputation as someone who says NO! And I say Hallelujuah!
If Justin doesn't like just one part of a bill, he votes no for the whole thing. He won't "give" on the part he doesn't like to get the part he does. If the part he doesn't like doesn't belong in the bill, he just says NO!
If Justin isn't given enough time to read a bill, he votes NO--even if it is a substantive issue he would otherwise support. He has even co-sponsored a bill in the Michigan House with more than a dozen other lawmakers that would force legislators to take three days after a final version of a bill is available before voting. He wants to slow the process down. I guess that makes him obstructionist--and I respect him for it!
As one looks back over history, many of our greatest heroes were obstructionists. They stood up for what they believe in by standing against what they did not. I won't name any names, because I will be ridiculed for comparing a freshman congressman to a revered hero. But think about 5 heroes. I will bet at least 4 of them stood up for what was right by standing against what was wrong.
Justin Amash believes it is wrong to spend money we don't have. He will not support deficit spending and he is standing up against putting our children and grandchildren in a lifetime of debt.
I am tired of representatives who vote for bills when they don't know what is in it. I am tired of representatives who vote based on party line. And I am tired of representatives who vote for something as a trade for something else. Some might say that this is politics as usual. I say it's time to change politics.
It's time to elect a man like Justin Amash who says what he believes and votes how he believes.
Cross-posted on Right Michigan