The election of a black president seems to have completely unhinged some people who are convinced that he is a Kenyan Marxist who seeks nothing less than to install a communist dictatorship. This is yet another even more extreme example of the white paranoia that I linked to yesterday and it is not limited to just a few crazy fringe elements. In certain parts of the country it has gone mainstream, as we see from the armed militias that have taken it upon themselves to prevent government agencies from doing their work.
The most recent example is Texas where the military is conducting one of its regular exercises, called Jade Helm 15, to maintain readiness when it is called upon to invade yet another country. This kind of exercise happens periodically around the country and has happened before in Texas as well. But some in the state see something far more sinister this time, a trial run for a future military takeover.
Speaking on their behalf is Texas congressman Louis Gohmert who, in any rational society would be in a rest home listening to soothing music to drown the voices in his head rather than being a member of the national legislature, said in a statement, “Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15, 2015… This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law. Certainly, I can understand these concerns.”
That’s not all. The governor of the state Greg Abbott actually called upon the Texas
National State Guard to ‘keep a tight watch on the exercise’, saying that “During the training operation it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights, and civil liberties will not be infringed.”
So the Texas governor and its
National State Guard are warning the federal not to get any fancy ideas about declaring martial law because they are ready to defend freedom and liberty and apple pie and take on the entire US military if they think a military takeover is in the offing. Exactly how long do the think that they can hold out?
The Daily Show had a segment on this latest craziness, along with a report on the shooting yesterday at the Mohammed cartoon drawing event.
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