Wamp encourages students to meet nation's challenges
August 28, 2006
The United States faces challenges unseen since the era of the Civil War, and today’s college students will be called on to meet them, Congressman Zach Wamp said at Bryan College Aug. 28.
Mr. Wamp, who has represented Tennessee’s Third District since 1995, said meeting the challenges of energy, health care, and radical Islam will require heroic efforts from the coming generation of leaders.
During his visit during chapel, Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay presented the Congressman a copy of Bryan’s 75th anniversary Bible, pointing out that the Bible “is the ultimate policy manual.”
On the subject of terrorism, Mr. Wamp said that “radical Islam, manifested through jihadists, wants to wage war against the West. They are the extreme elements of Islam.
“If this were Christianity out there (encouraging violence to spread its influence) someone would be saying ‘This is not us.’ But where are the mullahs? Where are the (Islamic) leaders?
"America’s energy needs could be met simply by a market-driven switch to ethanol," he said. “The problem of energy is that we’re way too dependent on the rest of the world for oil. The quickest way to become energy-independent is to follow the example of Brazil in their use of sugarcane to make ethanol. All you have to do is produce a market alternative.” He suggested that a native North American plant, switchgrass, could play the same role in this process here that sugarcane does in Brazil.
He warned that “we don’t have a solution on the horizon” for the health care crisis confronting the nation because of the expected needs and limited resources. “One thing that would help is preventive health care—good nutrition, more exercise. But unless we change our lifestyles there is no way the health care system can take care of the people who will need it.”
Although these are grim challenges, he said, “All of these present opportunities for you to enter the marketplace and present solutions.”
He encouraged the students to engage these and other issues, saying, “The Lord didn’t say to hide until He comes. He said to go out, to be used. I want to see you being successful by helping others.”