Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Orders State Guard to Monitor the Activity of U.S. Military

greg abbottI 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:

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.




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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  • Victoria Gutshall

    I’m not the least bit surprised. The far right wing has gotten so far out there the Starship Enterprise couldn’t find them.

    • Randy Nichols

      Yeah the right wing equivalent of this site gets pretty out there sometimes. Thanks for showing you have no idea about the whole story other than what Forward Progressive shared with you. Most informed people have been aware of Jade Helm 15 for over a month. Forward progressive doesn’t talk about till they have a story they can spin to make a republican governor look bad…. This has been news for like I said over a month, people have been talking about it, and questions raised, the governor is doing the responsible thing and letting his people know he is monitoring it. Good grief. If you are going to have an opinion at least educate yourself on the topic.

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        I find it just amazing that you seem to be the ultimate genius on any subject that has ever been brought up on here!! It must be difficult to walk around among all of us that just don’t seem to be able to meet your standards of human intelligence! With all of your knowledge and ultimate wisdom I believe that you should make an immediate trip to discuss all of your ideas with the powers that be both in the US and abroad!! Our country will just be bowing and genuflecting at your feet! Oh Great One Randy Nichols!!

      • Randy Nichols

        Really I don’t intend to be a know it all.. but it is kind of difficult not to be when I come in and find so many misinformed people. It is pretty simple to be informed, just investigate things for yourself. Also, everyone makes is so easy for me by saying dumb stuff that they demonstrate they do not know anything about it. The laziness is amazing, you take every thing this site says as gospel, when it is a far left fringe site, like info wars is to the other side.

      • worrierking

        It’s simple to be informed but it’s much easier to be mis-informed. The US Military is not preparing for a takeover. I haven’t seen anyone saying “dumb things” to you. I have seen that your perception of the opinions of others is dumb. The original responses have been intelligent and polite. Your responses haven’t been.

        One thing I noticed about many on the right is their absolute certainty. Much of the time it flies in the face of accepted fact. That leaves no room for compromise which is the sign of political maturity.

      • Randy Nichols

        Accepted fact.. really is a misnomer, either it is fact of isn’t. Agreement of probability does not constitute fact. I am responding to the article that generalizes conservatives and Texans in particular is paranoid nuts. Since most in here accept what these writers on this site say as gospel, it does require some correction. Now, to the intelligent and polite.. some are polite some are not, and I can show you some if you need proof, also I have been called every name under the sun on here, which if they could present examples I would respect there opinion of me.. but it is just more gross generalizations. I do have some very nice and civil discussions on here as well when someone is willing to have dialogue without rhetoric and spin.

      • FD Brian

        actually, the thing he should have said “all of you who believe in this conspiracy of Jade Helm 15 are fucking nuts”. A responsible leader would give no credence to bullshit like this.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Actually, it does require attention. After more reading, there is a significant amount of people paranoid as hell over this. Additional statements really don’t show the governor to really agree with the paranoid. There is more humouring than needed (but politics, you can’t tick people off), but the Guard seems to be more to prevent paranoid people from acting stupid than any belief that Obama is actually using military force.

      • Randy Nichols

        Well, a responsible leader would not have stated the Baltimore riots were the fault of Republicans. He just had to throw that in there. I don’t know, you don’t know the true purpose of Jade Helm 15, I am taking them for their word… but you have that much hardware and men role in people are gonna get nervous.. so he just said he is gonna check it out. No Governor of either party would play it any other way. Most responsible types in the Southwest US know this would not be near enough troops to enforce marshal law.

      • BobJThompson

        I have been “informed” of this nonsense for about 3 weeks. And it’s absolutely nothing to be worried about. I swear all of these false flaggers act like they just learned a new vocabulary word and want to use it all the time. Nothing they claim has happened yet they just move on to the next “terrifying” false flag event as it occurs.

        The fact that the governor of the state had to intervene is a political action and this is a political site. Hence why you have seen nothing about it so far. I’m beyond tired of all of the paranoid whiners in this country. Fix the messes you see, not scream at shadows.

      • Randy Nichols

        Yeah a lot of hot air comes from the left too, with the sky is falling dooms day predictions.. both sides use hyperbole to inflame the extremist. This site is the left version of sites like Info Wars and World Net Daily that get people all riled up with nonsense. He is getting the head of Texas State Guard to look into it LOL… do you even know what that is, it is old guys that get to wear uniforms, no age restrictions or conditioning requirements. They help out after storms and stuff, they do not have or carry any weapons. If Governor was seriously concerned he would have Texas Rangers looking into it. This keeps the goofballs that believe this is a federal takeover from acting a fool. Those that would be actually fighting against a take over are well aware this is an exercise, and it is no where near enough troops for that.

      • BobJThompson

        I wouldn’t say this site is a doomsday factory like Infowars or World Net Daily. Those sites only job is to peddle fundamentalist style end of the world paranoia while trying to get their readers to buy books, gold, and survival gear from their sponsors. This page operates more on a click bait strategy it seems.

        I could see the nut jobs, after appropriate Alex Jones-ing, taking pot shots at soldiers. So I am not at all opposed to the action. You had to do something for those people who are terrified of every breath Obama takes. It is just terrible that these people leap at shadows every other week.

      • csbrudy

        Metaphorically, the sky is actually falling. The more CO2, the hotter it gets. Its high school science lab reality, not opinion.
        Do you have Magnolia trees near you? Remember just a few years back when those huge beauties would be completely covered by their huge flowers? Have you noticed how many blossoms they have these days? It is maybe five percent of the usual. Guess why.

      • PITTSBURGH21

        you sir …. ARE A FUCKING IDIOT! …. AND SO IS YOUR GOVERNOR!

  • Dr. Ronisha Green-Castillo

    I don’t blame him if he doesn’t trust the government!

    • worrierking

      I may be wrong, but isn’t the Governor of Texas, part of the government?

      • Randy Nichols

        He is part of the Texas government, not the federal government which the last time I checked that was who gives orders to the Military. Not much on civics huh?

      • worrierking

        Government is government. Whether it’s local, state or federal. If the State of Texas feels threatened by the military presence in the state, maybe we should close those bases in Texas. I do know civics. I also know that government is necessary for a society to exist. It’s not the enemy.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Randy is just whining….pay no attention to the flying feces…that is just what he does.

      • strayaway

        “Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.” – 18US Code 1385 -Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus

        “The maintenance of peace, conduct of orderly elections, and prosecution of unlawful actions are all state responsibilities, pursuant of any state’s role of exercising police power and maintaining law and order, whether part of a wider federation or a unitary state.”

        “The purpose of the act is to limit the powers of the federal government in using its military personnel to act as domestic law enforcement personnel.” -wikipedia

      • Randy Nichols

        No one is saying government is not necessary, but the federal government should be limited to providing for defense, protecting our borders and ensure interstate commerce is not restricted, and monitor compliance to the constitution. Most other things should be left to the states, since what works for people in New York may not be good for people in Idaho. Let people in each state decide how much government involvement they want in their life.

      • FD Brian

        you mean like slavery was great for the people of the south but not so great for the folks up north, so the states in the south should be allowed to have slaves.

      • Randy Nichols

        Slavery was made unconstitutional through the amendment process. States rights still have to be within confines of the constitution. Slavery ruined the south, they should have freed the slaves then fought the war. About 1% of the population in the south owned slaves. So it was not benefiting most in the south anyway. Blacks and whites get along better in the south, you don’t see the riots here like in Ferguson and Baltimore, and what they have had in LA. Just because the north was against slavery didn’t mean you thought they were equal.

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        His eminence has risen and spoken once again!!

      • Philip Marks

        Wait didn’t you point out that the Texas State Guard is not part of the US military? I know from looking at their website who gives them orders, the Gobernator.

      • Randy Nichols

        Texas state guard does not carry or have weapons, they do not conduct military operations. The US Military is not going to feel the least bit threatened by the Texas State Guard.

      • Dr. Ronisha Green-Castillo

        Yes, not even the government can trust the government!

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        Yes and he’s a scary dude himself!

  • I-RIGHT-I

    Brok sent some guys down to intimidate us. What Brok don’t know is that any country sheriff in Texas can throw them in the pokey. Training is one thing but when Brok does it it’s a threat to the State of Texas.

    • Dauger

      I would love to see your little sheriffs try and interfere with the U.S. Army…

      • I-RIGHT-I

        I’d like to see you actually read the US Constitution. How long would that take do you suppose?

  • Pipercat

    Well shit Greg, better surround San Antonio and Killeen!

    • Charles Vincent

      It’s called Circlin’ the wagons pardner…

      • Pipercat

        Them thar wagons are pretty big!

      • Charles Vincent

        I thought you knew… everythings bigger in Texas….

      • Pipercat

        Except parking spaces, residential streets, public restrooms, artichokes……

      • Charles Vincent

        something had to give…

      • Pipercat

        Somethings.. things!

      • Charles Vincent

        you mean whatchamacallits????

      • Pipercat

        Only on Thursdays.

      • Charles Vincent

        Wait I thought that was Fridays…

      • Pipercat

        In Colorado…

      • Charles Vincent

        Well Thursdays here are thingymabobs…

      • Pipercat

        It’s the altitude.

      • Charles Vincent

        Coincidentally not the only high thing here bwahahaha

  • Keith

    So my question for Allen Clifton is this. Why do you think it is far fetched for the US Government to attack the citizens? They have done it many times before and there will come a time that they will do it again. I doubt it is going to happen, but calling folks fools that are afraid of our Government shows a lack of historical perspective on your part.

    • FD Brian

      actually, it shows a tremendous amount of paranoia in the folks who believe in this kind of idiocy. I suppose we should also believe that our own government caused the twin towers to fall and building 7 to be destroyed. These are one and the same people who believe this crap and Alex Jones and his ilk make a ton of money off them.

      • Keith

        I read this stuff so I know I am not crazy yet.

        It seems like Alex pushes everything right off the edge

      • Charles Vincent

        http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/riots.htm

        Skip to the Mcminn county War section it sort of ruins your theory that it doesn’t happen and is “just paranoia”.

  • Clintoris

    I would hope that even if Dictator Obama ordered the military to turn its guns against American citizens they would not.I would hope the generals would stage a coup and arrest the usurper who now sits in the White House.Ask anyone in the military what they think of Obama.90% will respond that they cant stand the man.Don’t believe me ?Go do the asking yourself.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Isn’t it possible that Guard is being sent to help ease the worries of the conspiracy lovers? I wouldn’t be surprised if there was discussion amoung private citizens to go to these towns to monitor the training. I can only imagine the chaos that would ensue with open carrying citizens lurking in bushes during military training exercises, especially if the people monitoring the soldiers consider them enemies. (This is meant to be training exercise, not real life experience.) It would actually make sense to send out the Guard to “defend” just to keep those convinced that this is Obama finally coming (to take their guns, force them to eat fruits and vegetables, and force them to gay marry) that they don’t need to drive to these towns because Texas has their back.

  • Bob Barker

    I am glad I just can’t think like a progressive. No matter what I do to try to rationalize your thought process, I cannot agree with wanting government to control my every thought, action, and way I live my life along with taking everything they want from people earning their way to give it to those who don’t. I bet you all said this is total garbage type talk when Bush was in office right? Never questioned him or thought he was up to no good. Right? Admit it, you sad hypocrites.

  • csbrudy

    But wait, didn’t the Army just take over Ft. Bragg? Its a toehold!