In the Name of God…Go!
During a House of Commons debate on the debacle of the French-British expedition to liberate Norway from the Nazis, a member of Parliament hurled the following at then Prime Minister Chamberlain,
“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
—Leo Avery, MP
May 7, 1940
As history recalls, 3 days afterward, Germany thrust its armored dagger into the heart of France and the Low Countries. Shortly after that, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister and led Great Britain through the rest of World War II.
Congressman (newly Independent) Justin Amash deserves much the same invective. Not satisfied with the pusillanimous act of deserting his party, he just had to show it was all about him by publishing a self-righteous OpEd and of course the de rigueur appearances on the Sunday shows.
On CNN’s State of the Union Show, Amash alleged that he had been contacted by other Republicans, some who were senior officials. These folks supposedly thanked Amash for what he was doing, claiming they supported his impeachment comments regarding the President.
At first blush, this would appear to be bad news for President Trump and the Republicans as a whole. Not so fast. In a recent poll, it would appear that the voters recognize a self-aggrandizing turncoat when they see one. Amash has a primary opponent, State Rep Jim Lower, who appears to be giving him a run for his money.
In a June 5-9 Practical Political Consulting (PPC) and MIRS survey of just 360 likely GOP voters announced Tuesday (though not yet available online), Lower thumped Amash in a head-to-head matchup, 49 percent to 33 percent.
One poll, such a small one at that, means little or nothing in the long run. This poll also did not take into account the late entry into the primary, Alabama National Guardsman, Tom Norton. Amash is toast. He thinks he is going to be able to leave Congress and become a “tame Republican,” on the liberal talk show circuit. He likely believes the current flattery from the left over his decision to leave the Republican Party. He’s also floated the idea of running for President. Good Luck with that.
Justin Amash is about to learn the hard way that disloyalty doesn’t pay. He just might continue receiving flattery and a few lucrative speaking gigs. Like Benedict Arnold however, he will soon find out that no one trusts a turncoat—even the beneficiaries of his pusillanimity. His constituents should use the upcoming primary to forcefully tell him, “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.
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