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Zach Wamp, Anti-American

The phrase "anti-American" has always seemed sort of ambiguous and prone to being hurled around loosely by anyone seeking to discredit anybody else who doesn't like the things some president or other is doing. But it's hard to think of a more concrete example of anti-Americanism than actually threatening to secede from the United States of America. Which, in these desperate last days of overheated goobernatorial rhetoric, is apparently what Rep. Zach Wamp has just done. Does this mean we'll need passports to get into Virginia or North Carolina? Do we get to design our own currency? Do we have to give back TVA and Oak Ridge? 

And does Zach Wamp have to return all of the federal tax dollars that have paid his salary for the last 16 years? 

Comments » 2

  • July 23, 2010
  • 5:12 PM
URaJ@ckass writes:

Wow, they'll let anyone have a blog these days! From the a local station in Chattanooga, says he does not support secession from the union after a news article said he suggested Tennessee and other states may have to consider seceding.

Speaking in Memphis, Wamp says he doesn't know how the writer of the article posted on NationalJournal.com was able to "extrapolate" from an interview that Wamp suggested secession could be considered in response to federal mandates like the Obama administration's health care law.

Wamp, who criticizes the health care law, says "no one wants even talk of secession."

The article quotes Wamp as saying "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."

  • July 23, 2010
  • 5:17 PM
jfm writes:

It is indeed hard to see how one could "extrapolate" the notion of secession from "so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government."

But I suppose it's possible he means something more like a trial separation than an out-and-out secession. Like, Tennessee could get its own apartment for a while and see how it all works out.

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