Texas judge warns of civil war if Obama is re-elected

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Texas judge warns of civil war if Obama is re-elected
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 11:58am
Texas judge warns of civil war if Obama is re-elected


By Josh Levs, CNN
updated 11:44 AM EDT, Thu August 23, 2012
Judge Tom Head said President Barack Obama's re-election would be the worst thing that could happen.
Judge Tom Head said President Barack Obama's re-election would be the worst thing that could happen.
  • Tom Head is the elected county judge and emergency coordinator for Lubbock, Texas
  • He says Obama will try to give U.S. sovereignty away to the U.N.
  • Head says seasoned, veteran fighters will be needed
  • The warning was linked to a push for taxes, CNN affiliate KJTV reported

(CNN) -- An elected county judge in Texas is warning that the nation could descend into civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected, and is calling for a trained, well-equipped force to battle the United Nations troops he says Obama would bring in.

The comments by Lubbock County Judge Tom Head, who oversees emergency planning efforts, were broadcast by CNN affiliate KJTV. He made similar remarks on radio station FOX Talk 950.

Saying that as the county's emergency management coordinator he has to "think about the very worst thing that can happen and prepare for that and hope and pray for the best," Head told radio host Jeff Klotzman that he believes "in this political climate and financial climate, what is the very worst thing that could happen right now? Obama gets back in the White House. No. God forbid."

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Referring to unexplained "executive orders" and other documents that Obama and "his minions have filed," Head 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."

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Sheriff Kelly Rowe told KJTV there had been no conversation about such a civil war scenario. The two have discussed contingencies for emergency management, he said.

KJTV reported that the warning was linked to taxes. Head "indicates a tax increase is needed to shore up law enforcement to protect us," the station reported, adding that a tax increase is under consideration that "would largely benefit the district attorney and sheriff's offices. But the emphasis is more on salary competitiveness than doomsday scenarios."

Head made his controversial remarks Tuesday.

On Wednesday at a county commissioner meeting, he emphasized that his remarks were about "worst case scenario in my opinion," and added, "Do I think those are going to happen? Probably not."

County Commissioner Gilbert Flores told KJTV he was "ashamed" of Head's remarks, and told the judge, "I think you better plan to go fishing pretty soon."

Attorney Rod Hobson jokingly put up U.N. flags outside his Lubbock office, KJTV reported. "When I saw the story I thought, once again, Lubbock is going to be the laughingstock of the entire nation," said Hobson. "What makes it so sad is he is our elected county judge, who is in charge of a multi-million dollar budget. That is scary. It's like the light's on, but no one is home... I'd just like to think he's off his meds."

But video from the Wednesday meeting showed at least one citizen supporting him. "Judge Head, thank you, and God bless," one citizen said.

Head did not immediately respond to an e-mail or phone call to his office Thursday morning.

KJTV reported that an aide to Head said the judge will not be commenting for one or two days.

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Actually, I didn't notice the banner until later.  I just knew your posts regarding mental illness over the past several years, but didn't know your attitude towards the south until yesterday.  I'd personally never judge people because of the area they live in, but whatever floats one's boat.



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I don't have an attitude toward the South in general, I am very random about my prejudices. For example, my husband thinks it is absurd that I really don't like Florida because of the snakes and alligators, but I think New Orleans is great.


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Nuff said.
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You have to admit, Cat, that Head isn't the only one who's looked loopy.  Rick Perry, your governor, at one point in time suggested that Texas might secede.  Remember?  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61030.html

Then there's Joe Barton.  He uses witless and worrisome words but keeps getting re-elected!  What's that about? By so doing, his constituents are giving the state a reputation for ignorance and folly.  http://grist.org/article/2010-06-24-gop-has-forgiven-joe-barton-six-reasons-not-to-forget-him/ 

And let's not forget the Texas Board of Education's tendencies to revisionist history.  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html

As an intermittent Missourian (just got back from a trip to see DH, DD and wanted to see DS but his Guard unit was dithering about when they'd demobilize after their year in Qatar), I can tell you that there is a segment of the state populace which is very conservative.  The RKBA crowd has a vocal contingent, as does the anti-choice crowd.  But for the most part, politicians don't come quite as loud, proud, and colorful as those in Texas. 

I met Todd Akin years ago when he and his wife hosted a gathering of homeschoolers at their house (it was the year I decided that middle school held more hazards than homeschooling).  He's a nice guy but his religion has apparently led him to ditch his elite and expensive John Burroughs prep-school education.  He and Rick Santorum would make an excellent pres and veep combo for the fundamentalist conservative ticket. 

Claire McCaskill, the incumbent senator (who was actually trailing Akin in the race before his episode of mouth-over-mind) doesn't want Akin out of the race; precisely because she believes that a majority of Missourians will NOT flock to the Akin standard.  Jay Nixon, the governor, is a fiscally conservative Democrat.  IOW, Missouri is still an ideologically mixed bag.  Can you say the same about Texas?


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Nice post.

I'll admit Texans like to shoot off their mouths, but I don't think it amounts to anything.

I don't pay attention to them, and really, no one else would, except some media person trying to get their own 15 minutes of fame.

When I think of crazy politicians, I think of those who tout religion, family, values, bias and ignorance, etc., while secretly homosexual and doing meth. Those are the stories that freak me out. Not some wanna-be from nowhere in Texas, who no one would listen to if not for the media.

They certainly don't represent me, or even the Republicans I know.