Thursday, August 23, 2012

Texas official warns of Obama civil war

From the Houston Chronicle:

Judge Tom Head and Commissioner Mark Heinrich told the station this week that a 1.7 cent tax increase for the next fiscal year was necessary to prepare for many contingencies, including Obama's re-election. He also mentioned to the station that the county needs a pay increase is needed for the district attorney's office and more funds to pay for more sheriff's office deputies.

"He's going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the (United Nations), and what is going to happen when that happens?," Head asked the station during a Monday interview. "I'm thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we're not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we're talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy."

Head also seems to fear the retaliation of such civil unrest.

"Now what's going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He's going to send in U.N. troops. I don't want 'em in Lubbock County. OK. So I'm going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say 'you're not coming in here'.

More here.

It's not so disturbing, in itself, that an individual would believe batshit crazy conspiracy theory like this. After all, lots of Americans believe in Bigfoot, UFOs, crystal power, angels and demons surrounding us and constantly fighting over the fate of our souls, or that there is some sort of nefarious connection between vaccines and autism. We can handle nuts among the citizenry. No, what disturbs me is that we're starting to see so many nuts in positions of power. These are people who can actually implement policy based on their fantasies, and bring an official veneer of credibility to total absurdity.

I mean, just last weekend we had a sitting member of the US House asserting that women who are raped "legitimately," whatever that means, don't get pregnant. Throw in all the politicians and conservative leaders who believe that evolution is a lie and that the universe is five thousand years old, who believe that avoiding talk of contraception in sex ed programs will result in a lower teen pregnancy rate, who deny global warming, and who think that lower tax rates somehow create more tax revenue, and we have an entire sector of US leadership which is just straight-up out of touch with reality. Yes, leadership. Many of our leaders are insane.

Every now and then, I allow that shiver that's constantly threatening to go down my spine to do its thing. It's good to be scared from time to time. These nuts are for real, and I don't want to allow their seeming normality to make me forget just how dangerous they really are.