Republican Congressman Hopes 2010/2012 Elections Will Prevent Secession

Eight-term Tennessee Republican Congressman, and candidate for Governor, Zach Wamp is unfurling the secession banner:

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).

It’s worth noting that the most recent poll of the Gubernatorial primary showed Wamp in second place in a race with a large number of undecided voters, so I think you can put Wamp’s statement in the category of “politicians will say anything to get elected.” Of course, there’s a corollary that rule which says that politicians will also say something totally wacky that will destroy any chance they have of winning an election. It’s hard to tell for sure, but I think Wamp just gave his Republican opponents a nice big load of ammunition they can use against him. Instead of talking about practical solutions to real problems, Wamp is talking about an idea that was completely discredited by a little event called the Civil War. I haven’t been following this race all that closely, but I’m guessing that Wamp just guaranteed a Haslam victory.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Doug you just show your ignorance when you attack the messenger. But then that is the method of the left. You cannot defeat the arguement so you attach the person behind the message. I wonder which job you would have in Obama’s ideal State. Would you be pulling or pushing the plow. I think Doug, you would be in front of he plow. There will be no need for lawyers.

  2. legion says:

    That’s because the people behind these messages are idiotic clowns. Twits want to refuse federal money? I dare you. Uneducated hicks want to refuse to enforce federal laws? I dare you. Buffoons want to secede over healthcare? I DARE YOU. I really want to see dimwits like Wamp and and Perry and whoever i was in Minnesota (I think) actually have the nads to follow through with heir ridiculous posturing. What jokes.

  3. sam says:

    Hmmm. Secession, wouldn’t that mean that most, if not all, the states that are net importers of federal dollars would have to find some other means of support?

  4. An Interested Party says:

    Talk of secession only shows how impotent these people are…

  5. Juneau: says:

    You. sir, are fool….

  6. Juneau: says:

    Hmmm. Secession, wouldn’t that mean that most, if not all, the states that are net importers of federal dollars would have to find some other means of support?

    Yes. And they wouldn’t need it if they shed the attendant federally mandated programs that are the primary drivers of what makes them net consumers of federal money, rather than being on the plus side.

    Just think about it – no federal social programs, all the entitlement class folks fleeing to the blue (your) states. I wonder how long “your” states would stay solvent, being the safe haven of all those people that demand these social programs? Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

  7. Tano says:

    I guess Obama is having some success in emulating his favorite president….

  8. cshpy says:

    Rangel and Kerry are not isolated cases, but more like the ‘NORM’!!!! One thing to take note of….is that most of the time when a couple of politician’s corruption is brought out in the open like this, it’s due to someone (perhaps a newscaster, reporter, activist, etc getting too close to one of the (or several of the) ‘BIG BOYS’ ‘behind’ government!!!! The one’s with the real ‘behind the scenes power’!!!! The one’s ‘pulling the strings’ of the politicians (like Kerry, Rangel, and even Bush and Obama!!!!) These are the ones with their mitts into where the federal reserve money disappears to the tune of trillions of dollars that no one is willing to impose enough transparency so that we can see where it went!!!! These are the ones behind the big ‘bribes’ and ‘favors’ issued to the lobbyists and politicians!!!!
    And it’s probably a sure thing that when someone like these politicians are brought out into the open in order to ‘set the public’s attention to other directions’ that those individuals involved (usually politicians) have been set up with a nice little ‘offshore account’ package for their troubles!!!!!
    Unless the federal reserve ‘books’ are brought out into the open, we will probably never know who these ‘BIG GUNS’ are that are really in charge of ‘this severely corrupt’….. ‘THE GREAT UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ,INC’!!!!! And until this big CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION is ‘brought to its knees and shredded apart’ very little is really going to change in this country for the good of the US citizens!
    Hmmmm……..secession is looking better and better….several states forming a new nation….without the big business and big banksters ripping off the people…..and no ‘nontransparent federal reserve shelling out fraudulent blank checks’ in which a small handful of individuals know to who, what where, when, how and why!!!
    But…..secession being for those who have the guts to stand up for their rights…..may not happen as there just may not be enough of them!

  9. sam says:

    Well, is secession means all you sister-humpers won’t be able to pursue your population strategies on my dime, hell, secede away.