Dear Republicans: Your Pandering to Crazy People is What Led to the ‘Jade Helm Shootings’ in Mississippi


Crazy person.

In case you hadn’t heard, on Tuesday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, two men driving a red Ford Ranger allegedly opened fire on members of the U.S. military currently taking part in the exercise known as Jade Helm 15. Thankfully no injuries were reported. Then on Wednesday another man was detained and questioned regarding a second consecutive day where shots were fired near the same military instillation in Hattiesburg.

Let me just reiterate, these are people shooting at (or toward) members of our military. You know the troops in the catchphrase, “Support our troops.”

Realistically, this news should shock absolutely nobody. This sort of behavior is a direct result of the radical fear-mongering and propaganda Republicans and the conservative media have been pushing for years.

Normally I don’t like to take a couple of isolated violent events and link them to any particular political party, because “crazies” can come from all political ideologies. Just because someone shares a specific set of political beliefs, then goes out and commits some atrocious act, doesn’t mean their behavior was linked to whatever political party with which they align.

However, when the act of violence that was carried out is directly linked to propaganda that’s been irrationally pushed and supported by the Republican party and the conservative media – that’s an entirely different story.

Which is exactly what led to these idiots opening fire on members of our military in Mississippi.

Because the truth is, conspiracy theorists have always been around – but now they have government representation in Congress by way of “tea party conservatives.” The very same tea party conservatives to which the right-wing media incessantly panders. After all, fear and paranoia sells – and business is booming for the right-wing media.

Instead of Republicans coming out publicly to stand alongside the Obama administration in condemning those who were perpetuating the ridiculous notion that this president was plotting to use our military to declare martial law over several states – some of them embraced the crazy. Hell, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Guard to monitor the movements of the military in Texas.

And when you legitimize crazy conspiracy theorists, it empowers them to be more bold and act out – which is exactly what happened in Mississippi.

Oh, but the individuals involved in these shootings in Mississippi aren’t the only fools in trouble with the law as it relates to Jade Helm. In North Carolina, three men were arrested for stockpiling weapons, ammunition and attempting to make home-made explosive devices out of fear that the government was plotting to declare martial law.

According to Citizen-Times:

Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, Christopher James Barker, 41, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, are accused of stockpiling guns and ammunition, as well as attempting to manufacture pipe bombs and live grenades from military surplus “dummy” grenades, according unsealed criminal complaints released Monday.

The close to 60 pages of information compiled by federal authorities since July include allegations Litteral planned to makes explosives out of tennis balls covered in nails and coffee cans filled with ball bearings.

According to the documents, both Litteral and Campbell spoke openly about their opposition to Jade Helm 15, a series of ongoing special forces training missions in several Southwestern states that has drawn suspicion from residents who fear it is part of a planned military takeover.

In addition to ammunition for a long-range .338 caliber rifle, the authorities said Litteral purchased hand-held radios, Kevlar helmets, body armor and face masks in preparation for an armed resistance to the feared military occupation.

Again, let me just remind everyone that these are the individuals who Republicans were listening to when they publicly expressed concerns over this exercise.

While I’m not someone who really believes in radical prophecies about violence, I do have real concerns with the current direction of the Republican party. If they continue to pander to legitimately mentally unstable people, we’re going to start seeing more and more of this kind of behavior acted out in public.

It’s just like right now with the Planned Parenthood nonsense. If this carries on for another few weeks, I fully expect one of these anti-abortion wackos to do something really stupid. Like I said earlier, when you add legitimacy to the beliefs of insane people, they become much more emboldened to act out on their insanity.

And pandering to those people is exactly what the Republican party has been doing.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • John

    The idiots who claimed Jade Helm 15 was anything but a training exercise should be held accountable for the damage they’ve done.

    Truly despicable.

  • Jeff Parris

    I knew it! I knew the nut jobs would be stupid enough to pull this crap. I am surprised that it took this long and wasn’t in Texas so I lost both bets. I hope you get the book thrown at you and are forced to do community service picking up trash on the Walmart parking lot in August. Morons!

  • Serene Voice

    There seems to be no evidence that the man actually shot at any members of the military. No doubt he was playing games, and he may very well have been able to make his truck backfire causing anxiety for the soldiers, but so far there is zero evidence the man had a gun, much less shot *at* soldiers.
    The man has been charges with disturbing the peace, and if there were shots, there would likely be casings or other evidence. There is not.

    • J.D. Helm

      Just how much hot brass will make you happy? Would you like surveillance or a body cam or both? I think I’d love to see both. HD close ups so we can identify the shooter, oh I mean banana in the tail pipe of the maroon pickup driven by Blue Shirt Bubba.

    • raysot

      Stop watching FOX news… There’s tons of evidence.

    • BobJThompson

      The only evidence that matters is a bloody soldier torso. Support our troops!

      • Frank Krise

        What bloody torso are you talking about?

      • J.D. Helm

        Frank I do believe he said bloody “soldier” torso. Ed Snowden are you tracking this treasonous rhetoric?

      • BobJThompson

        To paraphrase the post I’m replying to, there’s “no evidence of the man shooting at the military”. It sounds to me that the only evidence that will matter is when a soldier gets shot.

        But it won’t count anyhow. It’ll because it won’t be the paranoid civilian saving himself from Obama. It’ll be some BS excuse like they accidentally used live rounds or something.

      • J.D. Helm

        Well Robert there was no “real” evidence of WMD’s as brother Jeb admitted to last night, but that shouldn’t stop a good war over oil now should it? How many dead soldier bodies did that farce leave behind?

      • BobJThompson

        Too many for both countries. With a side of ISIS.

      • Frank Krise

        So far all I see is you guys saying things you cant prove which is a conspiricy therory…….and your war for oil meme is tired and worn fall back when the discussion doesnt go your way. Hindsight is 20/20 if all those folks who claimed that wmd were there and regiem change was theonly solution knew what we know today they might have come to JEBs conclusion then, and many of them were democrats so lets be honest and share the blame for going to war but Obama owns isis his rush to leave caused a power vaccume filled by isis

      • J.D. Helm

        Ok Frank I’m beginning to see your conspiracy point. “So far all I see is you guys saying things So far all I see is you guys saying things you cant prove which is a conspiricy therory……you cant prove which is a conspiricy therory……” 1. Obama owns ISIS. Prove it. If the war wasn’t about Oil fields in Kuwait or WMD’s then why were we there? So Faux could sell ad time? What part did Saddam Hussein, once an ally play in 9/11? Oh he didn’t. Who did and who had him killed or is that a conspiracy theory too?

      • noah vail

        his “rush to leave” was mandated by law ..proposed by and passed under Ws administration…Sorry, but you can’t blame this one on obama

      • Frank Krise

        except for the part where the status of forces agreement was not negotiated by obama……….he actually removed all combat forces because he couldn’t get a sofa to cover their presence as a follow on force which was part of the law passed that you speak of …… yes the rush to leave and the lack of sofa lead to the isis take over

      • Frank Krise

        Now there is a conspiricy therory.the idiot apparently was causin his vehicle to backfire to scare soldiers at the check point. Not deadly but still harrasment and he is in my opinion an asshole who needs to go to jail which is the olpinion of this republican.

      • BobJThompson

        I don’t know if they found a gun on him or not. Or whether that is true or not, but trying to provoke soldiers is a profoundly stupid idea. You never know if he’s the kind of “patriot” to try to spark the “coming civil war” that these types are always rooting for.

      • J.D. Helm

        I do agree that Goober should see the monkey bars, and as an asshole myself I agree he is one, unfortunately other than causing a ruckus there’s nothing to hold him for unless of course I’ve missed something in the last few hours which is entirely possible. There will be a pair of eyes on him at all times though, although he could be a diversion. Time will tell.

  • Frank Krise

    Seems that all the major news networks are going withthe backfiring truck story, searched vehicle and no weapon found…….he did have a couple of guns at homebut not in the truck.i did notice that there was no mention of his political beliefs orany connection to jade helm15, that wasprobably only in the mind of the conspiricy therorist who wrote the original post.

  • Greg Price

    If the government (Left OR Right-leaning) isn’t preparing for martial law, why are our troops being trained to impose it? Why are they engaging in operations on domestic soil clearly in violation of posse comitatus?

    • Mike Lawson

      They aren’t, you idiot.

    • Rick Blankenship

      Greg why don’t you read exactly what posse comitatus actually means, then tell me how an exercise (jade Helm15) is enforcing law? Did you know that if Congress deems it then federal troops could indeed enforce the law? So wouldn’t you want our troops to be properly trained to act upon what congress might deem necessary?

      • Bill Lockhart

        Sorry, Rick, but the Constitution (I know you people love to “quote” it but hate to read it) does not allow Federal troops to be used to enforce the law in the continental U. S., but certainly does not prohibit them from TRAINING in the continental U. S. If it did, then every U. S. military base would have to be offshore which even idiots would realize is stupid. Wouldn’t they?

      • noah vail

        does not allow Federal troops to be used to enforce the law in the continental U. S., ??? REMEMBER KENT STATE !!!

      • Rick Ghosinja

        Guard Units at Kent State

      • noah vail

        national guard units are branches of the U.S. Army , ergo, federal troops

    • J.D. Helm

      You know Greg I’m not going to be politically incorrect and call you an idiot or anything like that even though Mr. Anti-PC Trump would. Speaking of idiots there seems to be quite a bit of concern over children coming across our southern border and the Donald wants Mexico to pay for a wall to keep the kids out, are you saying that it doesn’t make sense for the best of our military to train in that same terrain? You sound like an anti-military tree hugging liberal with girlie talk like that. The Marines are looking for a few good men and you sure as hell ain’t one of them.

      • Greg Weaver

        Wow. You’re a moron. SO, what branch/unit were you in?

        Me? US Army, MOS 12B20, Combat Engineer, Sgt (E-5), B co, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.

        I will admit, I hugged a lot of trees. Mostly while wrapping det cord around ’em.

    • Asinus

      Let me fix that question for you: “If the government (Left OR Right-leaning) isn’t preparing for martial law, why are [right wing radio show hosts and bloggers lying about it and saying they are]?”

      • noah vail

        government is always preparing for martial law… during the anti-war demonstrations in the 60s they had the 82nd Airborne on hand in washington “just in case”…

    • noah vail

      because they are a “well regulated militia” that’s why and they are operating under the auspices of the U. S. military and THAT’S THEIR JOB

  • Tom Gonza

    It make the shooters the same as isis!

    • J.D. Helm

      That’s some Gonza journalism right there now Tom. You get a car!

      • Bill Lockhart

        Sorry, J.D., Tom’s right.

      • J.D. Helm

        Sorry Bill that’s what I told him. Guess you’ve never seen a play on words or a joke before. Holy crap don’t be so serious. Life’s too short. He’s exactly right, there’s no difference. Where’s your arrow up? There should be 2. Mine plus yours.

  • Mephisto

    Star Spangled Klanners….I mean “Conservatives” are responsible for the sheer vast majority of domestic terrorism in America for years. More at 11.