The vassal loses his fee, if he commit a felony, and by law forfeits all his privileges. In the like case the king loses his right, and many times his realm also, if he despise God, if he complot with his enemies, and if he commit felony against that royal majesty.
– Junius Brutus, A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants (1579)
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. – Ezekiel 22:30
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Jan. 15, 2022 – Running for mayor gives Weston Wamp, 35, a chance to unveil the true state of affairs in southeast Tennessee. Taking to the stump in Hamilton County gives him means to explain the state-organized overthrow of constitutional government starting March 12, 2020 – and to condemn these breaches while recommending himself safeguard and protector against their recurrence
Mr. Wamp is typical of political office seekers, three campaigning for mayor. The River City has population of 181,000. The county, which includes the city, totals 336,500 people.
Mr. Wamp is the most articulate and seemingly the most principled of the three, his rivals being county commissioner Sabrena Smedley and businessman Matt Hullander. But Mr. Wamp is negligent in refusing to deal with his county’s breach of statute at Tenn. Code Ann. 68-5-104 and its abrogation of constitutional liberty beginning with Gov. Bill Lee’s first executive “Covid-19” order in March 2020, with full cooperation in mass fraud and mass harm among county and municipal officials.
His references in an interview to CV-19 are oblique. The so-called pandemic is not at the center of his thinking, as if he’s done a postmortem and set the report on the side of his desk.
He mentions not a word about the county experimental inoculation project. It not only is done in violation of state law. It promises mass long-term harm among the residents of Chattanooga and Hamilton County. An expansive literature exists about these untested and risky products, including a brief explanation of how the jabs corrupt the blood and will for many years exacerbate latent health conditions such as TB. See Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi explain the problem here.
Defense of local people. Jealousy over local self-government. Regard for constitutional protections. Esteem of limits and duties in relevant health statutes. Willingness to act as lesser magistrate-upholder of the law. This outlook is an absolute requirement for public office.
You decide whether Mr. Wamp gives priority to these concepts.
Open-ended interview – whence Wamp goeth?
Mr. Wamp gives an open-ended interview at
See also Mr. Wamp apportion his intellectual capital in a column, https://www.chattanoogan.com/2021/12/20/440431/Weston-Wamp-The-Job-Of-County-Mayor.aspx
The highlights from the Clint Powell 1 1/4 hour chat:
➤ Mr. Wamp podcasts about the national debt and has produced 35 episodes. For his “Swamp Stories” Mr. Wamp does lots of research to distill complex issues on “national debt focus stuff” into 13 minutes “in this time of horrible divisiveness.” He operates in an “intellectually defensible place” and wants to point people “toward solutions [on congressional spending] that would make our body politic more healthy.” An upcoming podcast: Whether people in congress should be allowed to trade stocks and securities.
➤ Mr. Wamp is 35. He and his wife, Shelby, have four young children.
➤ Conservatism needs young parent voices, the self-described Millennial says. He agrees with an interviewer who says Mr. Wamp is willing to hold his own side accountable, and to weigh the best arguments from the Democrat left.
➤ “I only have one way to come at all these subjects,” he says, whether national debt, political reform. “It is my first language. I was 4 or 5 when my dad [Zach] announced he was running against Marylin Lloyd.” Mr. Wamp breathes politics and public policy, but “loathes” politics and is “among the most cynical people” in evaluating its rhetoric.
➤ One controlling thought in politics, and theme running for office: Mr. Wamp doesn’t see good guys on one side and bad on the other. Sometimes on both sides, the best thinkers. “You cannot be all things to all people in politics.” Try that, you get a trainwreck. He wants people around him, as“iron to sharpen iron” as candidate or as podcaster.
➤ Mr. Wamp indicates he is willing to listen and to “change an opinion” on the principle that he is teachable and open. He decries the “horrible tendency” in politics for an officeholder to be “driven by lust” for re-election.
➤ Leadership qualities needed? “Empathy” is a primary virtue he intends as a Christian to instill in his children, “the signature quality of a great leader.” Elected officials rarely show empathy, he says, favoring bravado instead. Covid developed “contempt” of politics, he says, and he wants to maintain “teachability” and openness. Mr. Wamp likes Gov. Lee, speaking favorably of the empathy trait.
➤ Mr. Wamp approves Dan Crenshaw, a podcaster who lost eye in military service. He favorably mentions Martin Gurri, author of The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium (2018). Also, the late Sen. Tom Coburn, a “Dr. No as hardcore fiscal conservative.” who was tenderhearted , also steel-backed not motivated by re-election.
➤ In the interview Mr. Wamp gives much time to public schools. He wants, in the system, to be an advocate “for people who are really not like me.” Evidently this reference is to the poor and minorities and others effectively trapped in the system.
➤ Wamp says COVID exacerbated the move of population from California to Tennessee. “Union of states” in U.S., and “our path out of the current dysfunction”: Let states each be unique. “The future of our country is simply not in Washington.” Mr. Wamp predicts that 20 years from now the story is local, regional initiative and distinctives. He refers to seven members of the Florida state house from the Miami-Dade County area who are Republican conservatives in their 30s, all Latinos – “the future of conservatism.”
➤ How to improve conservatism? The candidate must have a “coherent agenda for local government” with parental involvement in public schools. Covid-19, he says, put huge pressure on liberals in the public school system. A Wamp boy in kindergarten has not seen his teachers’ nor fellow students’ faces for a year, he says, matter of factly. The county needs “strong conservative parent voice,” Mr. Wamp says. An interviewer asks if government can, with a single policy, fix myriad problems. Mr. Wamp replies, “Government is not a fixer of most problems.”
➤ He says the role of county government in schooling is “profound,” as the system takes 60 percent of the county budget. “Crime and public education go hand in hand.” He argues that conservative parents should push for vocational training, that schools improve the lives of students and “retraining adults.” The role of government, he says, is to have a school system that “points our young people toward a lifetime of productive work.”
He says public schools are “arcane, a dinosaur,” and he sites STEM schools’ producing good outcomes. He rejects the old school guidance counselor pitch that “success is a four-year degree” – an insane claim.
➤ Mr. Wamp envisions a coming decade for private school grads to enter trade-type tech school or a non-4 year school. He earned a communications study degree in UTC that lacked real-world value; on leaving, he found he hadn’t learned how to write a press release.
➤ Mr. Wamp is a member of the board of regents, overseeing community colleges. Vouchers? School choice? “Vouchers are confusing to me. It’s very complicated.” Not many examples of it being successful, he says. Lee’s voucher plan struck down in the courts for breaching home-rule provisions in the law. A private school costs F$30,000 a year, he says; so how does a F$9,000 voucher have a value? There is a moral imperative to improve or replace failed schools.
➤ As for homelessness, Mr. Wamp says work and employment would help lift homeless people out of their slump. Crime? Heat maps for criminal acts and for failing schools are alike. Mr. Wamp would want to focus attention on “our worst schools,” City and county appear to have failed “gang-related crime that wreaks havoc and fear” in poor districts.
Theoretical federalism, without trigger
These points, then, control, in a free-flowing interview in which he has more than 60 minutes to report on the state of the county he wishes to serve.
“Totally a son of the city, and totally a son of the county,” Mr. Wamp. He identifies with local his whole life as family member of the former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp. He is one of the talking classes, the policy wonk type of man whose arts are in persuasion and controlling a part of government by appointment or contract.
The strongest part of the candidate’s discourse touches on federalism. Organically, federalism embodies the idea of federated and covenanted town, county, state and federal governments’ recognizing the independency of states and localities, and working in harmony to serve the public. Federalism envisions local prerogative, local control, and in theory prevents unitary, consolidated, bureaucrau-centric government.
Mr. Wamp apparently believes that the solution to the failures of modern U.S. power (built around credit) is federalism, or truly decentralized power.
But his view is not articulated carefully or deeply. He doesn’t get to the observation that federalism no longer exists except as an academic theory. It no longer operates in the American neodeudal elite-managed and credit ballooning national economy. This report is not his to make, and he leaves it to others. His discussion of federalism is synthetic; federalism is a concept full of antithesis; it is antithetical to the American political-economy status quo.
Mr. Wamp’s ideas about federalism appear clinical, academic, theoretical. Federalism is a moral system of mutual respect among levels of government, based on covenant and feudalism and presbyterial church government and its system of lower courts. Federalism emerges from Reformation theology and the work of John Calvin and others. It is fierce, combative against despotism, and as concept has its finger on the trigger.
For his words identifying himself as a localist and what I would call “lococentric,” Mr. Wamp is strangely clinical and detached in his discussion about federalism. It seems shallow, and lacks follow-through on its implications. A critique of the status quo implied in any discussion of federalism is superficial and muted.
His federalism does not connect with constitutional principles such as the 10th amendment, with its reservation of powers not explicitly delegated to the U.S. reserved to the states and the people. Nor does his discussion touch the healing nature of the Christian Reformation doctrine of interposition in which oath-keeping local officials defy oath-breaking remote officials in Nashville, Washington, New York, London or Brussels.
Mr. Wamp emphasizes his desire to develop empathy as a politician and elected public servant. How better to express empathy than through the lesser magistrate concept for securing local liberty vs. alien propaganda, fraud and mass crime?
We have been under a great totalitarian judgment of arbitrary administrative government run by opinion and presumption, leveling and abrogating the rights of the people converting them to face-covered non-entities and subjects, neutered moofs without soul or future.
It happened here, and around the world. Mr. Wamp appears not to realize the nature of the assault against himself, his family and the rest of us in the Covid-19 pandemic that was marketing for the global jab project long developed by the Anthony Fauci elites.
This negligence of recognition, this blindness, is overwhelming and widespread, carefully managed by local presstitutes and the Big Tech media. It appears to be caused by God himself through the power of the Holy Spirit, withdrawing recognition of obvious things from people who have fallen away from Him over decades and who have no faith in the idea of Christendom, biblical polity or God’s law. Our elected officials and our people of influence cannot see facts or science, and have been wargamed into creating police states. They are quiet participants and enablers of it, including Mayor Jim Coppinger and rival mayoral candidate Sabrena Smedley.
Dr. Mattias Desmet, a professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University in Belgium, calls the condition under which we labor “mass formation psychosis,” and Mr. Wamp appears to share in this spiritual and mental defect.
Power of single nay-saying magistrate, mayor
God himself in Ezekiel 22:31 indicates that one man standing in the breach can prompt God to withdraw his hand of anger, which includes surplus violence, alienation of masses of people, wargamed psychological isolation and mass child abuse in the stoppage of regular breathing.
The Lord says he seeks for a man to “make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it.”
A single lesser magistrate, willing to face conflict on behalf of constitutional liberties and Hamilton countians’ liberty under God, could break the medical terror state raised by Gov. Lee with cooperation with local officials in the 2 parties.
This fault is grave, for Mr. Wamp, intellectually equipped, highly intelligent, extremely well-connected and favored in the Republican establishment, who seems to espouse the main ideas about federated government, divided government, limited government. The other candidates, Matt Hullander and Mrs. Smedley, are more remote from the truth of local economy and free markets than Mr. Wamp.
Early campaign rating
On a scale of 1 to 10, they are 2’s, good people of good intent.
Mr. Wamp is 3 1/2, a man of ideas and principle.
To get to 5, Mr. Wamp should water and dig about the roots of the conservative tree, give it another year in the ground, as in the Lord’s parable, to tend it to see if it bears fruit. That fruit, worth 2 1/2 points, is the conclusion in federalism, the argument in federalism, the militancy in federalism.
Local economy, free markets, “We stand up to bullies,” “We obey state law,” “We respect the constitution,” we report evil as evil, wrong as wrong, and abuse as abuse, even if it causes offense. To get at least to 5, Mr. Wamp must live in the world of the ideals of liberty, and not just be a local personality, as are each his rivals.
Mr. Wamp’s argument and capital must apply themselves exposing the rendering and dissolution of the republic over the past two years. Without accounting for the evils, national and local, Mr. Wamp is simply hiding the truth from the people and keeping them in lethargy and delusion.
Public office is redemptive and salvific. It is intended to be a remedy, aid and service to the people, a means to secure the people in their property and liberties. These things have been rent from us by the U.S., Tennessee and local talking classes.
Mr. Wamp has a chance to restore what is broken, and act as intervenor and protector and safeguard for four years.
‡ “The County Technical Assistance Service, an agency within the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service, says, ‘The county mayor should have a better picture of the total government operation than any other county official, and should also have the knowledge, information and leadership ability to steer the county in the direction most beneficial to the county’s future.’”
Time to fight