Tea Party Extremists Pushing Wisconsin Republican Party To Support Secession

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Well, it appears that the Tea Party wing of the Wisconsin Republican Party feels emboldened enough to push forward some very extreme platform positions. Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel has been all over this story these past two weeks. One position that the state’s Republican Party will vote on at next month’s convention is Wisconsin’s right to secede from the union.

This secession plan originally came about earlier this month in one of state’s eight GOP caucuses. The 6th Congressional District’s GOP caucus adopted a resolution that includes the following section:

“Be it further resolved that we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and our right to secede, passing legislation affirming this to the U.S. Federal Government.”

As Bice reported at the time, the caucus’ chairman, Dan Feyen, distanced himself from the resolution when it passed. Feyen blamed it on the fact that many of the caucus members had gone home for the night. Essentially, he claimed that a few extremists in the party waited around and then put forth some ideas that normally would have been shot down. Feyen told Bice the following:

“I did not agree with many of the resolutions passed as they do not deal with the true opponent that we face in our upcoming election cycle.”

However, it appears that Feyen underestimated the level of influence these few Tea Party have within the party. As it turns out, the party’s Resolutions Committee voted for this measure, after making a few relatively insignificant changes. Apparently, many on the committee interpret the nation’s 10th Amendment as permission for states to ignore federal law and secede if they want to. (It doesn’t, by the way.) Now, this resolution will be up for a vote by the party’s delegates at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention next month. If approved by the delegation, the state party will officially be in favor of secession.

Republican Governor Scott Walker has already distanced himself from this resolution. Considering that Walker is looking towards a possible Presidential run in 2016, you definitely can’t blame him. However, he wouldn’t be where he is now if it weren’t for this radical wing of the Republican Party, as he was elected Governor largely on the strength of the Tea Party. Now, he has to deal with this monster raging out of control and killing his national ambitions.

Perhaps due to Walker being elected and the GOP holding both chambers of the state’s legislature, the Tea Party feels they can push forward a far-right platform for the state’s Republican Party to adopt and run on. If the party’s leaders aren’t able to nip this in the bud, they will be forced to acknowledge that their party supports secession. This will make the GOP in Wisconsin a laughingstock, as well as provide ready-made campaign ads for Democratic candidates in the state.

If the Tea Party wins out and a resolution for secession is approved at the convention, the GOP will be in a world of hurt not just in Wisconsin but the nation as a whole. It will be further proof of the dysfunction occurring within the party. Democrats can point to this as a reason not to take Republicans seriously. It can be used as validation of the clear racist streak within the Republican Party, as many are embracing the same tactic that the South did in order to maintain slavery.

Remember, Wisconsin is considered a swing-state, but it really leans blue. The last time the state voted for a Republican Presidential candidate was in 1984. The GOP does not want to see this resolution pass. If it does, the backlash will be felt for years to come. Republican Party leaders are really hoping for Wisconsin to flip in 2016 to have a chance at the White House. If the state’s GOP is suddenly for secession, among other extreme positions, Republicans can pretty much forget taking this state anytime in the foreseeable future.

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24 Replies to “Tea Party Extremists Pushing Wisconsin Republican Party To Support Secession”

  1. We are the Tea Party movement. Our goals:

    1. Take back the country, because we refuse to be associated with it so long as that black, foreign-born, socialist Muslim is living in the White House.

    2. Return to the values and tenets of our Founding Fathers. If they wanted Civil Rights Acts in America, why did so many own slaves? If they believed that women and ethnic minorities should be able to vote, then why didn’t they include these rights in their final draft of the U.S. Constitution?

    3. Destroy “ObamaCare”, because the government has no business regulating the private health care insurance industry. And because the government has no right to kill grandma. That’s the job of your HMO or PPO. And by the way, keep your filthy hands off my Medicare coverage!

    4. Create a smaller government, because the feds have no business telling Americans what do to … unless you’re gay, or you need an abortion, or you wish to obtain contraceptives.

  2. 5. Demonstrate our support for the health and well-being of women … by greatly reducing affordable access to breast cancer screenings and other preventative health care resources, … by defining rape and any ensuing pregnancy as an “act of God”, … by defunding programs dealing with domestic violence against women, … and by requiring women to “spread them” and provide a womb with a view for Uncle Sam.

    6. Deny the impact of human activity on climate change. Because everyone knows that if global warming is real, it’s simply “God’s will”.

    7. Make Christianity the official religion and English the official language of the United States, because native English-speaking, Christian folks are the only truly patriotic Americans.

  3. 8. Destroy labor unions, because besides the 40-hour work week, paid vacation time, workers’ compensation, sick days, overtime pay, regulations regarding workplace health and safety conditions, health benefits, pension plans, etc. … what have they ever done for the typical American wage earner?

    9. Stop spending so much money! Except when we need to invade another country that pisses us off. Or if it’s done to support programs and policies that help to further our own political agendas.

    10. Reduce the deficit … at the same time that we’re gonna give kickbacks to the lobbyists and huge tax breaks to all of those corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals that helped to finance our little “party”.

  4. 11. Embrace an economic scorched earth policy approach to reducing the national debt. Because if Congress refuses to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, we’ll do everything in our power to destroy the economic viability of the nation. Negotiation and compromise is not in our repertoire — It’s our way or the highway.

    12. To demonstrate our commitment to our sacred U.S. Constitution, we strive to eliminate those Amendments that conflict with our ideology and simply ignore other sections that we find inconvenient to honor.

    13. To demonstrate our patriotic love for this nation, we propose to secede from the Union.

  5. I wish we could convince these teanuts to all move to one area. I’d be willing to give them a state or two, maybe three. Then fence it off and let them live in ignorant bliss.

    I wonder if they realize what kind of world they would be living in if they want to be their own country? What are they going to use for currency? What are they going to do for infrastructure? I hope they do pass their ridiculous resolution. Maybe it will wake up the sane and translate into votes.

  6. Continuation of Lucky 13:

    …and once we’ve seceded from the Union, we’re going to apply for foreign aid, debt relief, development assistance, and “favored nation” status from what’s left of the United States government because we’re tired of being one of the net “givers” of federal taxes.

    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/02/is-your-state-a-net-giver-or-taker-of-federal-taxes/

    We seceded so that we can be one of the “takers” like our Southern brethren.

  7. Phil, don’t you know that the TeaPotty has this magic rock that they rub and make things come true!? They are so stupid that the smart people on the right have them convinced that magic is real and things just appear like roads,bridges,water and sewer and the magical electrical power grid! I love to ask these idiots who will provide all these things and they come up blank every time.

  8. Please, Please can we just give them something, maybe an island or two would suite them? Perhaps some of our “territories” … hell, I’ll even through in the first couple of bucks for gas.. IF THEY PROMISE TO STAY THERE.

  9. thank you Labman57!!! I have been waiting for someone to spell out just what the tea(bigot)party stood for. good luck with your quest, personally I’m with the guy who wants to give your side a state or three and let you all live in ignorance. hope I didnt use too big of a word for you to understand. obviously you have never read any of Thomas Jefferson’s letters otherwise you wouldnt make such an idiotic statement as number one. or two or three hell all of them. and before you decide to start on me I served in vietnam where did you serve to prove your patriotism?????? are you one of the tea poarty nuts that thinks Ted Nuggent is a patriot??? did you know he avoided the draft?? said he could never ever shoot another human beign and therefore could not serve in the armed forces. losers!!!!!!

  10. whoops labman57 I got so passionate after reading the first post I thought it was for real.my sincere apologies and keep up the rant.

  11. Someone needs to inform this inbred traitorous moron that Wisconsin is a blue state and went for Obama in both elections!

  12. Wisconsin…this ball is absolutely in your court. What message will you send to the nation about your state in November? I remain hopeful that you will send these ReTeaThuglicans packing!

  13. I was gonna go up there one day and get some of their good cheese but it they secede that means I’m gonna have to get my passport in order first. And I wonder what the currency exchange rates will be?

  14. I would suggest the Tea Party ask Alonzo Cushing what he thinks about secession.

    If you don’t know who he is, look him up.

  15. From the Federalist Papers (#6): “A man must be far gone in Utopian speculations who can seriously doubt that, if these States should either be wholly disunited, or only united in partial confederacies, the subdivisions into which they might be thrown would have frequent and violent contests with each other. To presume a want of motives for such contests as an argument against their existence, would be to forget that men are ambitious, vindictive, and rapacious. To look for a continuation of harmony between a number of independent, unconnected sovereignties in the same neighborhood, would be to disregard the uniform course of human events, and to set at defiance the accumulated experience of ages.”

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