No, this piece is not from The Onion.
Referring to unexplained "executive orders" and other documents that Obama and "his minions have filed," [Tom] Head [an elected judge from Lubbock County, Texas] said, "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."
Obama, Head said, will "try to give the sovereignty of the United States away to the United Nations. What do you think the public's going to do when that happens? We are talking civil unrest, civil disobedience, possibly, possibly civil war. ... 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 U.N. troops, personnel carriers, tanks and whatever."
Head vowed to personally stand "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 U.N. troops. We may have to call out the militia."
Some of the scariest take-aways from this?
- These accusations come from the mouth of a judge (albeit an elected one, and from Texas, at that).
- His views most surely reflect those of millions of other Americans, the vast majority of whom possess at least high-school educations. (Indeed, even though he's a Texas judge, I'm going to assume that Mr. Head has a college degree.)
- This man (and his ilk) who fears and hates Obama and a possible UN take-over of the US will undoubtedly cast his vote in November for a Republican presidential candidate whose on-the-record declaration of the US's appropriate relationship with Israel boils down to "If Israel says 'jump,' the US should say 'How high?'. (Along these lines, note this recent essay from Mondoweiss. Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu - whom Mitt first knew as Ben Nitai, at Harvard - go back a long way.)
- Such views are surely entrenched, among millions of Texans and other Red-Staters, and will remain so because of the constant reinforcement they receive from the Usual Suspects (Limbaugh/Hannity/FoxNews and their ilk) as well as oh-so-many of the Tea Party elite (who, I'm sure, would recoil at being called that).
One of the huge ironies here is that these self-declared "patriots" are in fact driving the wedge ever deeper into an American political-cultural divide (indeed, schism may be a more appropriate term) from which I frankly can envision no path to recovery as long as the Usual Suspects retain a free hand to spew hatred and ignorance.
We have sometimes chortled at Rick Perry's reference to the possibility of Texas seceding from the Union. But note the judge's comments above about calling out militia against UN troops. This guy also rants about Obama, the "socialist" "Dictator." In such a mind, how wide a gap is there really between "UN troops" and Federal authorities, be they the FBI, ATF - or the Department of Education ("thought police" who would have Texans and other Red Staters embrace un-Biblical concepts such as the theory of evolution, or global warming, or a reason-based assessment of "traditional values")? In the wake of an Obama victory in November, how much more will such people (in their view) be "willing to take"?
Mr. Limbaugh may already have given us a clue. As reported at Huffington Post, on his radio show two days ago Limbaugh noted
"I don't believe the country can survive in a country full of people that would re-elect him." Limbaugh described this as "the great fear" as he does not know "what we can do about a majority of people who would re-elect the guy."
Maybe a toss-off comment from Limbaugh, but this is nonetheless pretty spooky stuff. For me, at least, it plucks a couple of historical strings:
- The famous comment of the English king Henry II about his troublesome archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket: "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" Whereupon, several of his retinue did just that. In a similar vein, Limbaugh implies that the realm would be better off without Mr. Obama. His comments will take root in the fertile soil (or earwax buildup) of millions of listeners, too many of whom already seem well disposed to militias and "Second Amendment" solutions to what they perceive as a mortal threat to USA, USA.
- Adolf Hitler's pinning of Germany's post-World War I decline on the Communists, and the Jews. Again, Limbaugh's question about "what we can do about a majority of people who would re-elect the guy" will readily be heard as a call to arms (and I don't mean that metaphorically) to an already wound-up audience that embraces a self-concept of Tea Party patriots ready to take up arms against a "dictatorial" King George III United Nations Barack Hussein Obama and his God-hating, Bible-bashing, baby-killing, Israel-trashing socialist-Communist-atheist liberal army of Satan.
As much as I dread a Romney victory in November, I worry about the repercussions of the Obama victory for which I so desperately hope.