Over the weekend, a group of Texans gathered in Bastrop (outside Austin), concerned about the possibility of the federal government declaring martial law in Texas. This was reported in this morning’s Boston Globe. What’s the basis for this fear?
Apparently media operatives like Alex Jones have been piggybacking on a large scale military operation, called Jade Helm 15, to spread fear via his daily fear-fogger, The Alex Jones Show, a syndicated radio program. Many of those gathered in Bastrop no doubt got their information about this from Jones, and others on the outer fringes of the media.
At the same time, regardless of anyone’s political persuasion—trust in government is at an all-time low. The presidency of Barack Obama has been an abject failure, in my opinion. I’m also less likely than ever to trust anything that comes with a Washington imprimatur. I hold out little hope that the results of the 2016 horse race can alter the current trajectory.
To their credit, rather than dismiss this as some isolated group of cranks, I think that the report in the Globe perfectly illustrates the Balkanization taking place in America, the so-called United States. We’re states, alright, but the qualities of being united are displaying cracks and fissures.
Then, there is this story of an airman, opening fire in a parking lot in Grand Forks, North Dakota, at a Walmart Supercenter. You can’t even go to Walmart these days without someone shooting up the parking lot. What’s this country coming to?
A nation of angry, distrustful, divided people, heavily armed, that’s what.