This announcement by Congressman Amash is not surprising or unexpected.  He has written a piece that was published in the Washington Post stating:

Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.

I can see the sides forming already.  One point of view will be asking the question, is he leaving the Republican Party because he sees the handwriting on the wall telling him he will not be re-elected as a Republican in his district.  The other point of view will be stating that he means what he wrote and that is why he is becoming an Independent.

Congressman Amash wrote:

In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.

I must say that many of us believe the the current major Parties, the Republican and Democratic, are not working in the best interest of the American people.  In most cases they are working in the best interest of their Party and themselves. Then they try to justify their actions and policy positions in a variety of ways.

The question becomes; do you work to try to change the current dynamic within the Parties or become an Independent and have much less power than you had before.  Or is the thought that you might have more power to change and formulate policies in both parties by becoming a swing vote and these parties will court your vote.

About the team attitude Congressman Amash wrote:

These are consequences of a mind-set among the political class that loyalty to party is more important than serving the American people or protecting our governing institutions. The parties value winning for its own sake, and at whatever cost. Instead of acting as an independent branch of government and serving as a check on the executive branch, congressional leaders of both parties expect the House and Senate to act in obedience or opposition to the president and their colleagues on a partisan basis.

Congressman Amash end’s his piece with some advice to all of us:

These same independent-minded Americans, however, tend to be less politically engaged than Red Team and Blue Team activists. Many avoid politics to focus on their own lives, while others don’t want to get into the muck with the radical partisans.

But we owe it to future generations to stand up for our constitutional republic so that Americans may continue to live free for centuries to come. Preserving liberty means telling the Republican Party and the Democratic Party that we’ll no longer let them play their partisan game at our expense.

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