One would have hoped, if one were exceedingly naive, that Governor Greg Abbott might have backed off after finally realizing how absurd it is to send the Texas State Guard to monitor the U.S. military training exercises known colorfully as Jade Helm 15. One might have thought Abbott would have reconsidered after so many people -- including Republicans like David Dewhurst and Rick Perry -- chided him for doing so.
One don't know jack about Abbott, does one?
Abbott, buoyed by the likes of Ted Cruz and noted intellectual Chuck Norris defended his position on Monday.
"We are playing a pivotal role of government and that is to provide information for people who have questions," Abbott told reporters. "It is clear that people in Bastrop had questions, it's clear from the questions I have received in my office that people have questions about it, and as governor and as government, I think we have an obligation to answer questions of citizens. And, by us working with the Special Operations Forces, we are able to provide information to citizens who were concerned about it."
Yes, but what if those questions are idiotic? Not to suggest that the fine, inquisitive folk in Bastrop are necessarily idiots, but it's one possibility that is at least likely as the U.S. military invading Texas, seeing as they're here already.
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Norris took to World Net Daily to laud Abbott's action when "some progressives in the mainstream media tried to mock [him]."
"Concerned Texans and Americans are in no way calling into question our brave and courageous men and women in uniform. They are merely following orders. What's under question are those who are pulling the strings at the top of Jade Helm 15 back in Washington. The U.S. government says, 'It's just a training exercise.' But I'm not sure the term 'just' has any reference to reality when the government uses it," he writes, sounding like no more of a crazy person than Abbott.
"Reference to reality" is a pretty odd turn a phrase coming from a man taking Norris' position, but sadly, we will never know for certain whether he's right. Faced with the might of the Texas State Guard, bravely standing like Horatius at the Tiber bridge, there is no way the federal government will set up the FEMA camps to intern the population of Bastrop, so we'll never know what might have been
That's a shame.