by Benjamin J. Kirby
I wrote a Finally Friday post last week that touched on this ridiculous idea that somehow President Obama was to blame for what our political betters are calling the nasty tone of this campaign. I expect to investigate that ridiculous notion a bit further in this week's Into the Echo Chamber with Matt (coming tomorrow evening).
When you're thinking about the "tone" of today's politics, consider this: a judge in Texas has suggested there will be a civil war in America if President Obama is re-elected:
Texas Judge Tom Head is worried about what might happen if President Obama wins reelection in November. There could be riots, unrest or a “civil war, maybe,” he told a local television station this week.
Because of that, the Lubbock County judge has decided the only way to prepare is to increase taxes to help beef up local law enforcement.
“I’m thinking worst case scenario now,” Head said during an appearance on FOX 34 in Lubbock. “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.”
His comments were, apparently, "intended to drum up support for a tax hike of 1.7 cents to hire more police and give the county attorneys a raise."
Because, you see, after Obama's re-election causes all the civil warring, the president will be forced to send in United Nations troops to quell the unrest. The epicenter of which will evidently be in the greater Lubbock area:
Under Head’s theory, the United Nations would then send in peacekeeping troops to try to quell the violence and that’s where he would draw the line. He vowed to stand in front of the county’s armored vehicle and stare down the U.N. troops if that happens.
I can see how it's Obama's fault that the tone of this campaign season has been so negative. After all, he is the Secret Overlord of the United Nations...
But of course, it gets better.
Here's Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Sherrif candidate Frank Szabo on the concept of "To Protect and Serve":
In an interview on Wednesday with local television station WMUR, Szabo said he believed sheriffs were granted special powers under the Constitution. That means, he said, he would be empowered to arrest or even use deadly force against doctors for providing legal abortions for women.
“I would hope that it wouldn’t come to that, as with any situation where someone was in danger,” Szabo said. “But again, specifically talking about elective abortions and late term abortions, that is an act that needs to be stopped.”
This is what it has come to, friends and neighbors: use deadly force to protect... life. This is how bastardized the concept of "pro-life" has become.
It has literally become the late George Carlin's punch-line.
Ah, but I guess I'm introducing a negative tone, here, right? Well, sure I am. Both sides do it, you know.