Texas is not just a large state full of oil and conservatives, but it’s also home to many military bases and citizen militia units. Houston is one of the nation’s main financial hubs along with New York and Chicago.
On October 2, 1835, a number of Texans rebelled against their Mexican rule by declaring Texas to be an independent nation. This set off the Texas Revolution. On April 21, 1836, after nearly six and half months of fierce battle with the Mexican Army, General Sam Houston launched a surprise attack against the larger army of General Santa Ana at San Jacinto. Houston won the battle, captured Santa Ana and won independence for the Republic of Texas.
The Mexican government refused to acknowledge the Republic of Texas, resulting in constant military skirmish on both sides of the border. On December 29, 1845, the United States annexed the Republic of Texas, making it the 28th state. The annexation led to the Mexican-American War that lasted from 1846 to 1848.
For over a century, a number of Texans wish that the Lone Star State was still a sovereign nation. Ever since Barack Obama assumed residence in the White House, a growing number of Texans have pushed for the state to secede and once again form the Republic of Texas. They claim to have everything they need to survive on their own including a wealth of oil and other resources.
This may be leading to paranoia among many to create a possible confrontation between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Pentagon.
The military is about to carry out a joint training exercise code named Operation Jade Helm. Participants in the exercise are 1,200 members of the Navy SEALs and Army Green Beret. Many of the militia groups in the state believe the training exercise is a precursor to Obama launching a military takeover of the state of Texas.
Wade Goodwyn shared some of the conspiracy theories on NPR, writing:
“It seems there is concern among some folks that this so-called training maneuver is just a cover story. What’s really going on? President Obama is about to use Special Forces to put Texas under martial law.”
“Let’s walk over by the fence where nobody can hear us, and I’ll tell you the story.”
“You see, there are these Wal-Marts in West Texas that supposedly closed for six months for ‘renovation.’ That’s what they want you to believe. The truth is these Wal-Marts are going to be military guerrilla-warfare staging areas and FEMA processing camps for political prisoners. The prisoners are going to be transported by train cars that have already been equipped with shackles.”
“Don’t take my word for it. That comes directly from a Texas Ranger, who seems pretty plugged in, if you ask me. You and I both know President Obama has been waiting a long time for this, and now it’s happening. It’s a classic false flag operation. Don’t pay any attention the mainstream media; all they’re going to do is lie and attack everyone who’s trying to tell you the truth.”
“Did I mention the ISIS terrorists? They’ve come across the border and are going to hit soft targets all across the Southwest. They’ve set up camp a few miles outside of El Paso.”
“That includes a Mexican army officer and Mexican federal police inspector. Not sure what they’re doing there, but probably nothing good. That’s why the Special Forces guys are here, get it? To wipe out ISIS and impose martial law.”
It’s obvious that Goodwyn is mocking right-wingers for their conspiracy theory, which is typical for NPR, a source for liberalism. However, there are some that are giving the conspiracy theory an ear and listening to what they are saying and one of those is the newly elected governor, Greg Abbott.
Abbott has called up members of the Texas National Guard and given them orders to monitor the Operation Jade Helm training exercise. He stated:
“It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed upon,”
His actions have drawn a lot of criticism from liberal Democrats and even some Republicans. Many are saying that Abbott is pandering to fringe groups and their conspiracy theories.
David Dewhurst, former Texas Lt. Gov., commented:
“Unfortunately, some Texans have projected their legitimate concerns about the competence and trustworthiness of President Barack Obama on these noble warriors. This must stop.”
Todd Smith, former Republican State Representative commented:
“Your letter pandering to idiots … has left me livid. I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of the main candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, was a little more cautious, saying:
“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise. We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”
So is it right-winged paranoia conspiracy theory or is there any truth behind their claims of the real reason behind the training exercise?
I’m not big into conspiracy theories, however the actions of the Obama administration has to lend some credence to notion. Why has Homeland Security purchased thousands of weapons and billions of ammunition? They aren’t defending the border with it, so who are they preparing to take action against?
Obama has set in place a number of executive orders that would give him absolute dictatorial control over all forms of communication including the internet and over financial institutions in the event of a ‘declared’ national emergency. He has customized the military by asking the top brass whether or not they would open fire upon American citizens. Those that said no are being relieved of commands and forced out of the military.
I’ve often wondered where Obama would start his military takeover of America and Texas makes perfect sense. It is central to most of the rest of country and if he could gain control of the largest state in the lower 48, it would be easy to spread out from there.
I can’t say the Operation Jade Helm is or isn’t a training exercise to prepare the military’s finest to launch a military takeover of Texas or not, but after seeing everything else that Obama has done, I would not write it off as some nut job conspiracy just yet.