UN eyeing Texas invasion? Probably not, but ‘civil war’ fears abound
Lubbock County Judge Tom Head’s suggestion that President Obama, if reelected, will send UN troops to invade Texas caused chuckles (or gasps) across the country. But coming at the height of a polarized presidential race, his comments highlighted fears of political unrest.
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In the American West, fears about “black helicopters” manned by covert world government troops have simmered for decades – a testament, perhaps, to the US government’s military research complexes that dot the high plateaus as well as the physical distance from Washington, far enough that conspiracies can sometimes fester unchallenged, becoming, in the process, culturally ingrained.
On the left, some worry that if Romney wins amid claims of “voter suppression” in key states, that could cause violent street protests. It was only last fall when “Occupy” protesters clashed violently with police in Oakland, Calif., a scene replete with tear gas, riot gear, and angry protesters wearing bandannas across their faces.
And of course, the Wild West of the modern media is there to stir things up, as well.
Last week, the federal government scurried to tamp down rumors about government agencies such as the Weather Service buying tens of thousands of rounds of hollow-point bullets – news that some took to mean that bureaucrats were arming up against the prospect of unrest should Obama be reelected. It turns out that it wasn’t the weather service, but NOAA – which has dozens of armed officers that patrol the nation’s fishing grounds – and several other agencies that order bullets up annually for routine training.
Sure, societal collapse scenarios do play on the minds of the nation’s military. In 2008, the US Army War College prepared a theoretical report suggesting that economic collapse is one kind of “domestic shock” that could trigger a domestic military response if civil unrest spreads. In the span since, violent crimes and murder have declined.
Indeed, even in oft-contrarian Texas, Judge Head’s comments were largely met with incredulity.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions here,” Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa suggested. “Does Judge Head expect the United Nations to come in riding a couple of combines? Does Lubbock also need an Air Force? A Navy? Will the revenues from this tax increase be put into a dedicated account to fight the U.N. invasion? Will the money be returned to taxpayers if the U.N. army doesn’t make it into Lubbock County? What will happen if the Sweetwater militia defeats the vicious blue-beanie peace-keepers before they reach Lubbock?”
Head himself backtracked slightly, suggesting that he was simply mulling a “worst-case scenario.” He ultimately came back to where most Americans stand on the question of a UN attack on Texas and the possibility of post-election civil war: “Do I think those are going to happen? Probably not."