Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Justin Amash, on Running for President: 'It's More on My Radar Every Day'

by Matt Welch, Reason.com
Last night Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.), that libertarian Capitol Hill fan favorite, cryptically tweeted out this passage from The Two Towers, the middle volume of J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings:
“The counsel of Gandalf was not founded on foreknowledge of safety, for himself or for others,” said Aragorn. “There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.”
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To be clear, this passage is about Aragorn, the heir of kingly men; plus Legolas the elf and Gimli the dwarf processing grief at the discovery of a massacre of Orcs that they suspect (wrongly, it turns out) includes the now-burned bodies of their captive hobbit pals Merry and Pippin. Gimli had previously lamented that the wise elf Elrond hadn't wanted the two hobbits to join in their Fellowship of the Ring; Legolas rejoindered that the wizard and Fellowship leader Gandalf had, to which Gimli not unreasonably pointed out that the wizard's foresight in these matters was not spotless, given the recent unpleasantness with the Balrog.
So in one sense Aragorn's aphorism is just a little c'mon lads pep talk to keep his comrades' spirits and searching activities up despite the short-term darkness and despair. But the deeper meaning that makes this one of Tolkein's most quotable quotations is that even knowingly hopeless and perilous quests are worth the fighting for.
And so, the hashtags sang, #ItBegins (or shall we say…#ItBaggins?). Is this, at long last, the appropriately nerdy pre-announcement that #Amash2020 is about to leap off the GOP train and compete against President Donald Trump under the Libertarian Party (L.P.) banner?..
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2 comments:

NewFederalist said...

I've said this before on other websites... I would prefer Rep. Amash do whatever he can to stay in Congress. I think he can do more for the libertarian movement as a U.S. Representative despite being a Republican. If he has determined that his own party is gerrymandering him out of his House seat then I wish he would change parties and at least give the Libertarian Party its' first Member of Congress before he leaves to begin a quest for the LP presidential nomination. If he is successful in acquiring the LP nomination, I sincerely hope he asks someone with longstanding LP credentials to be his running mate. Someone like Jacob Hornberger or another hard core libertarian.

NewFederalist said...

I just read an article over at Ballot Access News reprinted from the Detroit News that Amash is prohibited by Michigan law to run for two "federal" offices at the same time. If he decides to seek the LP presidential nomination he cannot run for re-election to the House of Representatives. If that law is constitutional (which seems dubious to me)then there would be no reason at all NOT to switch parties while still a sitting member of Congress. It would be nice to see at least on Libertarian in Congress even if for a brief time.