Zach Wamp, an eight-term Republican congressman from Chattanooga, is leaving the federal government behind to run for governor of Tennessee.
Last week, Wamp suggested that he might not be alone, that the entire state of Tennessee might leave the federal government.
Rep. Zach Wamp (R-03) suggested TN and other states may have to consider seceding from the union if the federal government does not change its ways regarding mandates.
“I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government,” said Wamp during an interview with Hotline OnCall.
He lauded Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), who first floated the idea of secession in April ‘09, for leading the push-back against health care reform, adding that he hopes the American people “will send people to Washington that will, in 2010 and 2012, strictly adhere” to the Constitution’s defined role for the federal government.
“Patriots like Rick Perry have talked about these issues because the federal government is putting us in an untenable position at the state level,” said Wamp, who is competing with Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) and LG Ron Ramsey (R) for the GOP nod in the race to replace TN Gov. Phil Bredesen (D).”
Over the weekend, Wamp backed away from that suggestion, saying that if elected governor, he would take secession off the table. While that might be cause for relief, it’s a sign of very strange times that such remarks would even by uttered by legitimate candidates for major office.
But before you start dismissing those folks up in Tennessee as a little tetched in the head, let’s remember that the Georgia Senate last year passed a resolution also endorsing secession as an option, but in much more explicit detail.
Among many other things, SR 632 stated that under the Constitution, the only crimes the federal government could prosecute were treason, piracy and slavery. “Therefore, all acts of Congress which assume to create, define or punish [other] crimes … are altogether void, and of no force,” the resolution declared.
SR 632 also warned that if Congress, the president or federal courts take any action that exceeds their constitutional powers, the Constitution is automatically rendered null and void and the United States of America is officially disbanded.
The Senate approved the resolution 43-1, largely because few people knew what it contained. However, it was sponsored by most of the GOP leadership in the Senate, who presumably were more familiar with its contents. And rather than take the side of sanity, every Republican in the race for governor at the time, including Karen Handel, endorsed the resolution’s message. (Nathan Deal, still in Congress at the time, was not yet an announced candidate and to my knowledge has not taken a position.)
It might be interesting, and revealing, to get Handel and Deal on record again before the Aug. 10 runoff. By asking the question, we’d get an answer to a more important question:
Which of the two is more willing to pander to the crazies?