Trey Radel

Chatting with Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)

Thomas Massie

“[T]he House and the Senate control the purse strings. It’s the only check that we have besides some oversight on the Executive Branch. And so I’m going to be part of that group that goes into this August recess and goes back home and says, ‘I will not vote for a continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare.’” - Rep. Thomas Massie

The last couple of election cycles have led to several interesting, liberty-minded Republicans being sent to Congress. On Tuesday, United Liberty had a chance to chat with one of those Republicans, Rep. Thomas Massie, who represents Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.

Elected last year with strong supports from grassroots groups, Massie quickly established his libertarian tendencies by taking strong stands for civil liberties and economic freedom. He’s an approachable guy and very down to Earth.

Along with Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Massie fought hard to get a vote last week on an amendment to the defense appropriations bill to defund the National Security Agency’s broad surveillance of American citizens.

Massie offered an inside baseball account of how a vote on the amendment, which was offered by Amash, came to pass in the face of fierce opposition from President Barack Obama, congressional leaders from both parties and the nation’s security apparatus.

Rep. Trey Radel Knows His Public Enemy

Trey Radel

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., is not your typical Republican congressman. He used to perform improvisational work at Second City in Chicago, speaks Italian, and is very vocal about his love for Hip Hop.

That’s right: Hip Hop.

The congressman from Florida was under the spotlight recently after his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 passed the House vote. The amendment assures that the Department of Defense issues an annual report unveiling the official status of Americans facing military detention to Congress every year.

During his speech before the House, he slammed this administration’s handling of civil liberties. Now, he’s under the spotlight again for very different reasons.

In a recent interview with Now this is News, Florida’s 19th district’s Rep. was asked whether there is any song out there that describes how he feels about his situation in Washington. He was quick to bring up Public Enemy’s ‘Fight the Power’ tune, which he says “is a song that, in many ways, reflects the conservative message.”

As he explained why he felt this song was meaningful, he mentioned that while Public Enemy’s Chuck D and he may have different takes on what the role of government should be, they certainly agree on how disastrous heavy-handed authority can turn out to be. He used recent scandals involving the DOJ to make his point. He also expressed his love for old school Hip Hop artists such as Big Daddy Kane and Eric B. & Rakim.

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