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Bruce Barry is correct
to criticize the media for reporting "imbecilic, extremist views from the margins." The problem is that, here in Tennessee, the candidates for governor are the ones who are talking crazy.
At his big Labor Day picnic,
Zach Wamp aligned himself with Texas Gov. Rick Perry who suggested last spring his state could secede from the union.
Citing the example of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Wamp said "we need two dozen governors that will stand together and say the 10th Amendment has been run over too long. We're going to protect freedom in our states and we don't want the federal government running all over us."
The congressman added he wasn't talking about secession when he was praising the guy who talked about secession.
Not to be outdone, Ron Ramsey told a Tea Party rally
, "I'm frightened by the direction of this country."
Ramsey went on to say, "The 10th Amendment means the 10th Amendment," drawing a hearty round of applause.
"I am proud of the record we have in Tennessee. I believe we in Tennessee are that island of sanity in our nation right now -- and I believe that from the bottom of my heart," Ramsey said.