Would Obama’s Re-election spark Civil War? Maybe in One Texas County

I needed something like this to get me back to the blog. And what a doozy.

Tom Head, elected judge of Lubbock County in central Texas, wondered in an interview with Fox what the repercussions of President Obama’s re-election could be:

Judge Head: “As County Judge I am the emergency management coordinator. As emergency management coordinator I have to think about the very worst thing that can happen and prepare for that and hope and pray for the best, OK? And in this political climate and financial climate, what is the very worst thing that can happen right now? Obama gets back in the White House. No. God forbid.

FOXTalk 950’s Jeff Klotzman: “That’s the political aspect of this.”

Judge Head: “OK. What’s going to happen. Now I’m going to tell you my opinion, OK. Obama has put executive orders and whatever other documents his minions have filed. And regardless of whether the Republicans take over the Senate, which I hope they do, he is going to make the United States Congress and he’s going to make the Constitution irrelevant. He’s got his czars in place that don’t answer to anybody. He’s got his documents in place. They’re going to be irrelevant.

“He is going to do what he wants to do. Now what do you think he is going to try to do in this next term? One of the things, my opinion. One of the things is he’s going to try to give the sovereignty of the United States away to the United Nations. What do you think the public is going to do when that happens? We are talking civil unrest, civil disobedience, possibly, possibly civil war, OK? Now what happens? What happens? Now I’m not talking just talking riots here and there. I’m talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms, get rid of the dictator. OK, what do you think he is going to do when that happens? He is going to call in the UN troops, personnel carriers, tanks and weapons.”

Jeff Klotzman: “I hope you don’t have like a crystal ball you’re looking into.”

Judge Head: “Hey I’ve got to look at the worst case scenario, OK. I don’t want UN coming into Lubbock County, so I’m going to be standing in front of their personnel carriers and say, ‘You’re not coming in here.’ And I’ve asked the Sheriff. I said, ‘Are you going to back me on this?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to back you.’ Well, I don’t want a bunch of rookies back there who have no training and little equipment. I want seasoned veteran people who are trained that have got equipment. And even then, you know we may have two or three hundred deputies facing maybe a thousand UN troops. We may have to call out the militia.

To say this is detached from reality is being gentle. This county judge, while not representative of Texas, or Republican officials, certainly isn’t doing those groups any favors in battling stereotypes. So many concerns: the UN does not have a military capable of invasion or occupation, but a peacekeeping force selected from the forces of member states. I don’t foresee the UN Security Council the US sits on authorizing such action anytime soon. Suggesting Obama or any president could make the Constitution irrelevant suggests Judge Head could use a basic Constitutional law refresher. Not that presidents haven’t bent the rules, including the current president, but no one person ever has enough power to change quite that much in our system of checks and balances. And what about anything that has happened in the last four years has lead this elected official to believe Obama is considering giving up American sovereignty, as if such action is even an option on the table? It seems that Judge Head is giving into the proclivity for conservatives to sense threats more, to feel threatened more often, and to be suspicious of change. Maybe all the attention this flub is giving him will help him reconsider the way he prioritizes his concerns. Or at least to reconsider his foolish call for militias to defend his county from a wildly improbable foreign invasion.

Really, I like Texas. Visiting was a great experience. Some of my best friends live there. I just wish it was a less embarrassing place. Insert a Texas Secession joke here. I know some in the political structure there (besides opportunistic partisan Democratic officials) have the guts to publicly combat this type of lunacy.


2 thoughts on “Would Obama’s Re-election spark Civil War? Maybe in One Texas County

  1. You really don’t need to comment on this man’s remarks. They speak for themselves! But it really does make you wonder about Texas stereotypes! Good grief! I had to laugh — or I would have cried.

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