GRIFFING: Justin Amash Now Likes Constitution (When It Protects Sex Predators)
The same congressman who voted three times not to repeal ObamaCare, is now waving the Constitution around like deceased Sen. Robert Byrd to justify his hair-brained vote to protect sexual predators.
“Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act,” or Senate Bill 534, was fiercely opposed on so-called “constitutional” grounds by Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash.
As a general rule, if something requires a 772-word explanation, it probably isn’t a good idea to begin with. But, that’s the number of words the self-described “maverick” congressman deemed necessary to explain his hair-splitting and morally objectionable vote on Facebook.
“It explicitly authorizes Congress to criminalize only a few activities, which relate to matters that are clearly federal in nature (counterfeiting, crimes on the high seas, treason). All other criminal activities are punishable at the state level,” Amash stated.
Child abuse is a strange place for the congressman to dig in his heels, especially concerning the Constitution. And Amash’s views are frequently confusing in that way, since the would-be “maverick” parrots every Democratic fundraising meme imaginable and frequently votes with Democrats, e.g. voting to fund Planned Parenthood and voting for taxpayer-funded sex change surgery. Are those not obvious constitutional red lines for Amash?
Let’s not forget Russia. Most recently, Amash began repeating the totally disproven Russian hacking claims, a narrative so discredited that even Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer says it’s stupid.
Adding to his growing list of “bipartisan” bona fides, Amash cosponsored a discharge petition to launch another “independent” investigation into Russian little green men.
He might as well have said, “I can see Russia from my house.”
Although Amash consistently votes against PATRIOT Act re-authorization and against NSA abuse, he votes to fund the Transportation Security Administration (Gropes’R’Us) — hardly an example of constitutional fidelity.
He also rejects the right of the federal government to enforce immigration laws, even though Art. 1 of the U.S. Constitution clearly delegates power over naturalization to Congress.
Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Amash is correct in his basic assessment of the bill’s constitutionality. Why this issue, and why now?
While Michigan flip-flopper is quibbling over federalizing crimes of sexual deviance, most are aware that the U.S. government has been federalizing crimes for decades. Unless Amash was high during George H.W. Bush’s “war on drugs,” he would have to agree it’s not a new issue. The toothpaste is already out of the tube.
Even Amash’s colleague representing Muslim-dominated Dearborne voted in favor of the bill. “We all have a responsibility to protect our young people from despicable, predatory behavior, and this important legislation represents a first step … ,” Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell said in a statement. Muslim men are among the largest group of sex offenders in any country.
It is laudable that Amash finally cares about the Constitution, but next time, he should probably avoid reading WallBuilders or watching old Ron Paul speeches right before a vote on sex predators.
John Griffing is formerly Associate Editor for The Daily Caller News Foundation. His interview credits include Fortune 500 executives, as well as key public officials. He is also featured on Fox, RT, Newsmax TV and numerous radio programs.