Censure Zach Wamp?

07/25/2010 06:19 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Constitution, Article VI:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.

Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN):

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... Patriots like Rick Perry have talked about these issues because the federal government is putting us in an untenable position at the state level.

Fine Christian gentleman that he is, no doubt Wamp swore his oath to defend the Constitution "so help me God," with one hand on the Bible and the other raised to Heaven. By breaking an oath sworn in such terms, hey have violated the Third Commandment (the Second, if you're Catholic): "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."

But let's leave Wamp's perjury and blasphemy to his own conscience (if any) and concentrate on his political apostasy. Wamp, and Perry, and much of the Tea Party wing of the GOP with them, have chosen to stand with Calhoun and Jefferson Davis on the side of nullification and secession. How anyone, having done so, could then have the effrontery to appear at a Lincoln Day dinner is beyond my poor powers of comprehension.

If the Republicans found time on the Congressional schedule to denounce MoveOn over the "General Betray-Us" ad, surely the Democrats could find time to censure Zach Wamp -- who, unlike MoveOn, is subject to Congressional discipline -- for violating his oath of office. If all the other Republicans want to vote in favor of sedition, bring it on.

This does not require the consent of the leadership. A resolution of censure, as an exercise of one of the privileges of the House, is a privileged motion. Can we find someone to offer it?