Tenn. GOPer Wamp Fires Up the Confederacy: Secede!
July 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) just went there. The right-wing lawmaker seeking the Republican nomination for governor, is facing a crowded primary. And he decided to pander to his extremist states’ rights “tenther” constituents, by calling for Tennessee to secede from the Union if Republicans don’t win back power in the 2010 and 2012 elections. Wamp is especially angry over healthcare reform that he believes imposes an unconstitutional mandate on states. The tea party Congressman told Hotline On Call that he would “consider separation” from the United States if the federal government doesn’t become right-wing enough.
Wamp’s secession rhetoric is palpable nonsense, but that’s not about to stop a right-wing lawmaker when there is a primary to be won.
“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.
Wamp is calling on voters to “send people to Washington that will, in 2010 and 2012, strictly adhere” to the Tenth Amendment of the constitution.
“Patriots like Rick Perry have talked about these issues because the federal government is putting us in an untenable position at the state level, added Wamp.
A major part of Wamp’s campaign platform calls for the repeal of state taxes. “No state income tax! Period. Not having it is an asset, not a liability,” reads his website.
Tennessee is facing a $ 1.0 billion shortfall in its 2011 budget.