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Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Taking up arms in Texas

Lubbock, Tex., has never liked liberals. Now, however, it looks as if it’s getting ready to declare war on them.

On Tuesday, Tom Head, the top elected official in Lubbock County, announced in an interview with TV station Fox34 that taxes need to be raised to strengthen local law enforcement in the event that President Obama is reelected.

Here is Head’s prediction of what will happen if the president is granted a second term: President Obama will attempt to cede sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations, and the people of Lubbock County will thus be called to arms.

Head, who holds the position of county judge but has no judicial authority), said of the president, “He’s gonna send in U.N. troops. don’t want ’em in Lubbock County. So I’m gonna stand in front of their armored personnel carriers and say, ‘You’re not comin’ in here.’ ”  

“I’m thinking worst-case scenario now,” he continued. “Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.” (emphasis mine)

I’m still deciding what it is that makes this an interesting story. On the one hand, Head is an elected official in the service of the government who — in a feat of racialized rhetoric that would seem edgy even for Strom Thurmond — has essentially called for “civil war” and condoned violence against the commander in chief. On the other hand, it’s hardly even shocking, considering everything else we hear routinely in the time of so-called “legitimate rape.”

In any case, Head’s comments have the ironic effect of proving what those of us who have lived in the Lone Star State at any point in the past 20 years already know. With or without U.N. troops, some kind of intervention in places such as Lubbock is necessary. And fast.

The only person, of course, who could lead such an intervention successfully is Kinky Friedman, the country singer, 2006 contender for Texas governor and erstwhile prophet of the state’s progressive movement. So I called him up to ask if he’d do it.

“That’s a tough choice,” he said. “You’re either on these guys’ side or the U.N.’s side.”

“Texas,” he explained, “is a colorful, unpretentious place, easily misunderstood by constipated, humorless people on the East Coast and West Coast.”

That might be true, but there’s really not much to understand about a judge fanning the flames of “civil war” and the take-down of a president. That’s the real “worst-case scenario.”

By James McAuley  |  03:48 PM ET, 08/23/2012

 
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