I love this video. In it, Rep. Amash talks about working with the Democrats on social issues, tells us some dirty little secrets about how legislation usually gets passed, and sings the conservative praises of Tom McMillin who is running for the U.S. seat that MIke Rogers is vacating.
More of my rambling after the video:
This video really got me feelin' the love, to wit:
Don't you just love how Amash is just chock full of hope? I love the fact that McMillin is a CPA and not a lawyer, but that's probably not unrelated to the fact that I am also an accountant. I'm pretty sure that the country would be prosperous beyond our wildest imaginations if we let money experts do things like, you know, manage the money. (Right now, most of what they do seems to be tax planning. A noble and necessary cause, but there are certainly better ways to harness those talents.)
I love the story that Amash told about legislation that he started and left behind. He did not get it through when he was in the Michigan house, but it did not die when he moved up to D.C. The liberals have been very tenacious in that respect - they have been working on socialized medicine since the 1920's, and they never gave up. The GOP rarely pushes an agenda that hard or that long, and the steady growth of the welfare state clearly reflects that. Seeing a Republican that left a legacy bill that eventually passed and was signed by a Republican governor truly inspires me as to what we can accomplish if we stay the course and make allies along the way.
But above it all, I really love these lines from Amash: ""We want this to be the new Republican party. A party we can be proud of." Because indeed, isn't that exactly what we all want?