I don’t even know where to begin with this as it’s one of the most insane stories that I’ve ever come across. While right-wing rhetoric is often fairly “out there” and anti-government, typically the craziest stuff is left to fringe conspiracy theorists who believe in nonsense like chemtrails, “false flags” and the general belief that our government is constantly “out to get us.”
While these people have always existed, it wasn’t until the advent of the Internet – and more importantly the rise of social media – that these people were given the ability to connect with one another fairly easily, broadcasting their brand of crazy to the entire world.
But it wasn’t until the tea party became a force within the GOP that many of these right-wing radicals were finally given a political movement by which they could find representation within our government. Absurd beliefs, rhetoric and propaganda that even just a few years ago would have been laughed off and dismissed, are now being represented by people like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), former representative Michele Bachmann and many others.
While I see this “rise of the crazies” as a temporary issue (I believe it will eventually fade away as more Americans realize just how ridiculous these people truly are), it’s still a bit terrifying to think that, for possibly the first time in our nation’s history, the most unstable and paranoid among us have actual power and influence in our government.
Take for instance Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who recently ordered the Texas National Guard to monitor U.S. military training exercises that are planned in the state.
Here’s the tweet he sent out:
I've ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm 15 to safeguard Texans' constitutional rights, private property & civil liberties
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 28, 2015
Now, why exactly did he do this? Well, because
delusional crazy people individuals have been blowing up the Internet with reports that these exercises are the first steps being taken by the federal government to seize control over several states (as these exercises are being carried out in more than one state) in an effort by the Obama administration to declare martial law.
Yes, you’ve read that correctly, the governor of Texas just ordered his state’s national guard to monitor the activity by the U.S. military in response to ridiculous conspiracy theorists who believe that these maneuvers are a plot by the federal government to declare martial law and take over these states.
This is literally garbage that’s being pushed by clowns like Alex Jones and others like him, now being ingrained into mainstream politics.
To be honest, I really thought this was a joke when I first read about it. There was no way that the governor of Texas really sent the Texas Guard to monitor the U.S. military over legitimate fears these military exercises were a prelude to some aggressive takeover plot by the federal government.
But, sadly, it’s true – and that’s where the Republican party has taken this country. People who years ago would have been locked in a basement wearing tinfoil hats to block out the radio waves being pumped into their head by secret government transponders hidden inside of oak trees, are now such a force within the GOP that state government officials are monitoring the activity of the United States military within their state.
While a part of me can’t help but laugh at the complete absurdity of all of this, I’m mostly disheartened at the fact that Republicans have become so batshit crazy that this has become a reality.