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Health Care Law Has Wamp Hoping Against Secession

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.

Full story: Health Care Law Has Wamp Hoping Against Secession – Hotline On Call

  • Buckoux

    The term “States rights”, just as “separation of church and state”, are simply not in the text of the Constitution at all! The term “Rights” are used, exclusively and contextually, only in regards to “person”, “persons” and “the people”. And the latter as being distinct from both the federal government and the states. The term “Powers” is used, exclusively and contextually in the Constitution, only in reference to government. Government, either federal or state, does not have any “Rights” at all in the text of the US Constitution. Therefore, the proper refutation of the federal governments encroachment upon states is to argue states vs federal “Powers”!

    So, a state may not have the “Right” to secede, but it may have the “Power”, depending upon its issue with the federal government exceeding its own “power”, to push the feds back. And that issue may have its remedy in the 9th. and 10th. Amendments of the Bill of Rights. Just as the Founding Fathers did not play fast and lose with the words, language and context of the Constitution, as evident by the consistent use of “Rights” and “Powers”, I also believe that they thought the federal government may one day exceed its own Constitutional “powers” and the 9th. and 10th. Amendments were put there by Madison for the purpose of constraining a federal government drunk on its own “Powers”. The Founding Fathers gave us everything we need, we only have to use it wisely.

  • truebearing

    If we separated the right from the left so that half of the states were conservative, half liberal, in 5 years or less we would see the liberal states running out of money, food, and everything else. They wouldn’t have people with work ethics to sponge money from. Within ten years they would be destitute and trying to sneak into conservative territory, but because we would protect our borders they would be stopped and thrown back into their Marxist utopia.

  • Snake Plissken

    You have to wonder what would happen if Tennessee, or any state seceded. If the governor called up the National Guard as a militia to defend the state sovereignty, would the US Army actually go in to fight against citizens and guardsmen of a state?

  • Momma M

    Every state should stand against federal mandates… The Tenth Ammendment has been stripped of it’s importance and it’s time of return has COME. I don’t like the idea of state secession, BUT – if that’s what it comes to, that is what it comes to…. FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS!

    Some states should be ASKED to secede… Like California…

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  • jondos

    I love when the politicians talk about state’s rights. It means that they are concerned about their “constituents”, not just the voters. And I am all in with this idea. If Tennessee seceded, I would move there in a heart beat. You would have to clean up the corrupt police forces and judicial systems that run rampant in the small towns. What Tennessee should also consider is collecting the federal income tax moneys due each year and then they in turn would determine how much of the money the federal government would get. It is the most beautiful way of putting checks on spending and overreach of the feds. Anyway, keep talking the talk, the American public is behind you.

  • FreedomRocket

    As should the entire south and parts of the west. From Arizona to Florida all the way to the Mason-Dixon Line, leaving the liberal area’s to carry their own weight, which, lets face it, they couldn’t.