Boehner’s Done. Now This Unexpected Congressman Could Be Our Saving Grace

There could be a scurry for conservative Republicans to find an opposition candidate in the race for the House Speaker post. One of those names that pundits are pondering – and pushing – is Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)

The GOP leadership is left with significant space to fill after House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation. Boehner was no favorite among conservatives as he sided or compromised with Democrats and President Obama on many key issues. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been the presumed successor, but he doesn’t light the fire of the conservative faction. He also reportedly doesn’t have quite enough votes to secure the seat.

According to pundits, conservatives are putting out reeling lines for a person with a stronger ties to Tea Party conservatism. The problem is Boehner is pushing for an Oct. 8 election, giving Tea Party conservatives little time to gather their opposition forces.

This is where Justin Amash’s name comes into play. Political experts think he may just be right for House Speaker as he has already offered leadership within the House.

“I often take sort of a mini-leadership role on the House floor,” he added. “I represent an important Republican perspective, and there are a lot of members who come to me on the House floor and maybe even rely on me to provide an alternative perspective to what they’re hearing from leadership,” Amash said.

Amash, 35, would also bring some youth and diversity to the party’s leadership. Amash, an Eastern Orthodox Christian of Syrian and Palestinian heritage, has spoken graciously of older elected leaders. However, he believes there are better and newer ways of doing things.

“[Boehner] and a lot of the leadership team come from a different generation. They were first elected several years ago, sometimes decades ago, and it’s not surprising that their perspective is going to be different than a lot of the newer members,” Amash said in one interview.

Despite all that’s going for Amash, Boehner has not been favorable towards the young congressman.

Boehner has been so opposed to Amash that he pulled him from the budget committee in late 2012, even though Amash voted with the committee’s Republican chair 95 percent of the time. Boehner was also behind the effort to push Amash out of his seat during the 2014 primary election. Amash was re-elected.

According to Amash’s House web page, he was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., earned his bachelor’s degree with High Honors in economics from the University of Michigan and then received a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He was a business lawyer for his family’s business before going into politics.

A key thing about Amash, according to political experts, is his perfect voting presence record. He has been present for every single vote in Congress and in the Michigan Legislature when he was a state representative. That is more than 4,000 roll call votes.

One of his key issues is overspending, considering it a fundamental threat to the country’s economy and national security. He introduced a balanced budget amendment called the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment and supports a simple tax code. Pundits report that he is an avid constitutionalist and a stickler for parliamentary procedure.

“I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty,” Amash said.

The Michigan representative has been critical of the National Security Administration gathering mass amounts of citizen’s phone data. He watched the entire proceedings when the Patriot Act was debate to make sure nothing, such as an extension of a spying bill, was added while other representatives were out of town.

Another fact about Amash that is promoting his favor among conservative pundits is his use in modern technology to promote his transparency. He explains every vote on his Facebook page.

One Fact Everyone Has Forgotten About Ted Cruz Might Be His Key To The White House

Many may not realize that before Ted Cruz was a U.S. Senator he had a lengthy career in various positions, one of which makes him particularly well suited to roll back the explosion of regulations under the Obama administration.

Following Cruz’s graduation from Harvard Law School in 1995, stints as a clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and in the practice of private law, the Texan ultimately ended up serving in George W. Bush administration in the early part of the last decade.

PJ Media reports that Cruz, as director Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, was known as a consensus builder. “Almost all of Cruz’s initiatives received unanimous support among both Republicans and Democrats” who comprised the five members of commission, two of whom served in Bill Clinton’s administration.

Cruz fought successfully against weighing down the blooming e-commerce business (including the explosion of companies like Amazon and eBay) with new regulations designed to protect old brick-and-mortar stores.

Another of Cruz’s favorite fights was taking on crony capitalism. According to PJ Media:

Cruz also sent dozens of letters to states to fight new efforts to enshrine crony capitalism. Cruz sent a letter to New York to challenge a legislative attempt to impose a “minimum markup” on the sale of gasoline. This bill was a naked attempt to force gas stations to raise prices, but was couched as helping consumers. Cruz also sent letters to promote competition in financial services and energy markets. Through it all, Cruz kept his focus on the ultimate little guy — the consumer.

Over a decade later, presidential candidate Cruz has remained faithful to stand against crony capitalism. As reported by Western Journalism, the presidential candidate told a Wall Street crowd this summer:

The simple reality is big business does great with big government…I’ll give you a statistic that you’ll never hear President Obama or Hillary Clinton admit: the top 1 percent, the millionaires and billionaires Obama constantly demagogues today earn a higher share of our income, than any year since 1928.

“There is a tendency in Washington to support giant corporations,” he said, adding that “the Democratic party is the party of the rich, big government and cronyism. That is the Democratic Party.”

Cruz offered the example of Dodd-Frank, which “killed hundreds and even thousands of small financial institutions” because they could not comply with its onerous regulations, which the candidate said Wall Street helped write.

“I don’t think government should be playing the role of either Santa Claus or thug,” the senator said.

When Sarah Palin Was Told About Boehner’s Resignation, She Knew Exactly What To Say

Former Gov. Sarah Palin is thrilled at the news of Rep. John Boehner’s decision to resign from Congress at the end of October. Palin said Boehner’s exit is a victory for grassroots conservatives.

“You can only thwart the will of the people for so long. First Eric Cantor, now John Boehner. Senate leadership that’s now on notice surely takes this seriously,” Palin said in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News.

Palin said everyday voters are tiring of career politicians who promise, but don’t deliver. She said that the day of reckoning has come, and that those elected to office should pay attention.

“The conservative grassroots is calling out the permanent political class and that’s reflected in the GOP presidential polls,” she said.

Some of the recent shake-ups, like Tea Party wins in Texas, Delaware, Wisconsin and New York, are a part of the grassroots conservative movement that Palin has endorsed. She said it’s all for the good of the country.

“Bold, independent Congressmen in Washington prove they’re to be reckoned with now, and they deserve voters’ thanks for doing what we sent them to do – shake up the status quo and get the country back on track,” Palin said.

Boehner has been a congressmen since 1990 and has won re-elections by large margins, obtaining up to 71 percent of the vote. He became Speaker of the House in 2011 after Republicans gained the majority of seats. He was re-elected for a third term as House Speaker in 2015, although the last election resulted in a significant portion of House Republicans attempting to remove him. Conservative Republicans have had tense moments with Boehner, especially over fiscal issues. He fought to raise the debt ceiling and faced more conflict in the impeding debate next week over keeping the government open. He aligned with Democratics in those showdowns, which further angered the conservative base.

The House approved a resolution in 2014 authorizing Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over executive orders the president issued regarding the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act. The House alleged the president abused his powers, disregarding Congress and the U.S. Constitution.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., issued a decision to let the lawsuit move forward. The Obama administration announced on Sept. 21 that it will appeal the decision to gain a federal appeals court review.

Watch: This One Startling Number Reveals Exactly Why Boehner Had To Resign

In the war for the future of their party, Republicans made it clear that House Speaker John Boehner was part of the problem, not the solution.

Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Friday that at the end of October, he would resign as speaker and retire from Congress.

His departure comes amid unprecedented antagonism directed at the GOP establishment.

In a new Fox News poll, 62 percent of Republicans said they feel betrayed by the party, while 66 percent said that the party’s leadership in Washington has not done anything to stop President Obama’s agenda.

“The dissatisfaction stems from the fact that Barack Obama has gotten through legislations they feel their representatives should have blocked,” said Fox’s Dana Blanton, who said the GOP unrest has led voters to embrace outsiders such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Boehner is being blamed for playing a lead role in blocking Republicans from getting that they wanted.

“As Speaker of the House, John Boehner was hostile towards conservatives and our principles,” said Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund. “Rather than fighting President Obama and his liberal policies, Speaker Boehner embraced them and betrayed his party’s own voters.”

“In recent years, the Republican establishment vigorously opposed the goals of the Tea Party, while happily receiving donations and volunteer support from grassroots conservatives,” conservative Jeff Crouere wrote earlier this month. “Clearly, conservatives and Tea Party members are the backbone of the Republican Party, yet the RNC continues to treat them as the enemy, with more hostility than they treat liberal Democrats.”

“Let’s hope that Donald Trump or another conservative wins the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and can start to demolish the destructive GOP establishment. If not, it is time conservatives found another party more deserving of their loyalty,” he concluded.

h/t: The Gateway Pundit

Flying Is About To Become Much More Of A Hassle For Residents Of These 4 States

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Residents of four states and one American territory may find getting through security checkpoints at US airports more challenging if the Department of Homeland Security goes forward with its plan to enforce REAL ID requirements in 2016.

Under the provisions of the REAL ID Act passed in 2005 in response to the 9/11 Commission’s findings, states are required to meet certain federal standards with their driver’s licenses in order for them to be a valid form of identification for airline travel. If drivers licenses do not meet those standards, travelers must provide a second form of ID: passport, birth certificate, etc. to verify their identify.

So far, 46 states have implemented the requirements of the REAL ID Act; however, New York, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Louisiana, and American Samoa have not. 

States that have refused to implement the REAL ID Act requirements cite privacy and sovereignty concerns.

New Hampshire’s Concord-Monitor reports: “Under REAL ID, states must share all license data including digital photos, into a single database, raising concerns that the licenses would effectively become a national ID card.” A bill to implement the law’s requirements was killed in committee last year. 

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal veto a bill to implement REAL ID last year, as well. “The Eagle Form, the Louisiana Family Forum and the Tea Party of Louisiana have asked for a veto due to concerns about whether it will compromise Louisiana’s sovereignty over what is fundamentally a state method of identification,” the governor said in his veto message.

According to the Times-Picayune, “Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU and ACLU Foundation of Louisiana, joined forces with the Tea Party and other groups to oppose the 2014 legislation to implement the Real ID law in Louisiana.”

“‘REAL ID creates a national ID card that has nothing to do with the ability to drive and everything to do with government snooping on innocent people,’ Esman said in an email… ‘We don’t need that, and never have. If it were so essential to national security, it would have been enforced years ago.’”

Some of the requirements for a REAL ID card include:

  • Full legal name
  • Signature
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Unique, identifying number
  • Principal residence address
  • Front-facing photograph of the applicant.

The cards must also include specific security features intended to prevent fraud or duplication, and must present data in a common, machine-readable format (bar codes, smart card technology, etc.).

h/t: Time