MI-08

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“The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” — H. L. Mencken

Send conservative reinforcements! Interview with Tom McMillin, Justin Amash-endorsed candidate in Michigan’s 8th

Tom McMillin

The next battle in the war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has quietly shifted to Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District (MI-08), between former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and state Rep. Tom McMillin.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) recently announced that he wouldn’t run for reelection, deciding to start a new career in talk radio after 14 years in Washington, DC. Though he won’t be on the ballot, Rogers is openly backing Bishop while Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) is supporting McMillin, making the race a proxy war between the Republican establishment and the grassroots.

McMillin launched his campaign earlier this month, telling a crowd of nearly 100 supporters that Washington is the problem. “I’m going to the belly of the beast,” he said, “and I’m going to go there to push things back and bring some common sense.”

The Republican primary is on Tuesday, August 5.

United Liberty talked with Tom McMillin on Friday about the race and touched on several of the issues on which he’s running. The conservative grassroots candidate explained that there are clear distinctions between the two candidates, as there have been clear distinctions between Congressmen Justin Amash and Mike Rogers.

McMillin drew distinctions on important differences, including Bishop’s support for tax increases and crony capitalism, sharply contrasting McMillin’s record of opposition to big government and big business.

Today in Liberty: Boehner’s future still up in the air, libertarianism rises

“My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything.”Rob Lowe

— Boaz on the “libertarian surge”: At Politico Magazine, David Boaz, executive vice president at the Cato Institute, explains why libertarianism is growing in popularity. “Lots of libertarians were involved in the tea party and the opposition to the bailouts, the car company takeovers, the 2009 stimulus bill and the quasi-nationalization of health care. But libertarians were also involved in the movement for gay marriage,” Boaz writes. “Indeed, John Podesta, a top adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and founder of the Center for American Progress, noted in 2011 that you probably had to have been a libertarian to have supported gay marriage 15 years earlier. Or take marijuana legalization, which is just now becoming a majority position: Libertarians have been leaders in the opposition to the drug war for many years.” He points out that libertarians “have played a key role in the defense of the right to keep and bear arms over the years.” He also notes that Ron Paul and, more recently, his son, Rand Paul, have sparked interest in the libertarian philosophy.


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