Jade Helm 15

Same topic, different views

By Tim Baldwin and Joe Carbonari

By Tim Baldwin

A military training operation known as “Jade Helm 15” is raising concerns. Conspiracy theorists think Jade Helm shows that President Barack Obama is planning to invoke martial law across America, but more rational theories opine that Jade Helm is designed to train soldiers for situations like the current happenings in Baltimore where normal domestic police are insufficient.

Alexander Hamilton said this in Federalist Paper 70: “Energy in the Executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential … to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy.”

Protecting the community in desperate situations presents numerous social and constitutional problems – a true no-win situation. Republican systems are designed to prevent rebellions by recognizing the people’s right to choose their government and leaders.

The system can falter over time though, which leads citizens to distrust their government. Of course, governments always resist these rebellions even if rebellion is justified. Using the military to quash “anarchy” will only spark more rebellion. That leads where – more military use?

Good politicians will abolish systems that foster rebellion and adopt systems that protect people and liberty. Here’s a start: train police and prosecutors to respect Americans’ natural and constitutional rights. There would be no need for Jade Helm 15.


By Joe Carbonari

Jade Helm 15. The “Don’t Mess With Texas” boys have it backwards. If Texas were ever to be taken over, it would be from the top, politically, not through their borders by night or beaches by day. Only about 1,200 troops, reportedly, will be involved in Jade Helm – special operations troops, with Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force personnel. Specifically mentioned is the 82nd Airborne, which perform custom flights. Over a period of three months starting in July they will be active in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona.

Terrain similar to that to be found in areas outside the U.S, where our forces might be active, will give opportunity for realistic practice for quick, efficient operations where the locals may be less than helpful, or worse. Apparently Texas, Utah, and parts of California are coded as red, “hostile,” on operational maps. Could this be Obama at work, planning a takeover of Texas?

Well, it could be, according to some of Texas’ citizenry who are ready to fight, and perhaps too willing. Trouble is, when you back even a small amount of misguided thinking with large amounts of private money, and some pandering politicians, you can attain a level of visibility, suggesting credibility that makes “crack-pot crazy” acceptable. Votes follow.

All votes count. We must out-vote the crack-pots.

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