Texas Judge Giving One Man Too Much Credit

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Both campaigns continue attack on each other in ads. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Both campaigns continue attack on each other in ads. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Written by Dominic Dezzutti

Lubbock County Judge Tom Head in the state of Texas has set a new level for crazy in politics. It is easy to find crazy civilians especially during an election year. But it is rare to see a government leader, in this case, a county judge, willing to set the crazy bar to new heights.

In case you missed it, during an interview with a local Fox News affiliate, Judge Head said that he feared that if President Obama is re-elected, he would “hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N.”. He then predicted that when Obama handed over said sovereignty, it would trigger a civil war since he predicts the move would cause people to riot and Obama would send in U.N. troops to quell the riots.

I realize that this sounds like a script for a comedy routine, but it’s not. It is the on-air rants of a county judge in the state of Texas.

It wouldn’t be so bad if these were simply the rants of a random county judge in Texas. But let’s face it. The state of our political environment is in such a polarized condition that there are actually people out there that would agree with Judge Tom Head. More than I would like to imagine or admit.

But sadly, it’s been this way for a while. We’ve been giving one man much too much credit for some time now.

In fact, this is the second administration in a row where people have openly commented that the President is capable and willing to destroy the country.

President Bush had his own ludicrous accusations made against him, and now President Obama can add the U.N. Troop plot to his own legacy.

The ironic thing about the U.N. troop idea though is that in recent history, U.N. troops have been pre-dominantly U.S. troops, but why let accuracy and history get in the way of a good ol’ Texas rant.

Anyway, the key to Judge Head’s conspiracy theory, and all of the ones attributed to the Bush administration, is the assumption that our President has nearly unlimited power.

Maybe I studied a different constitution in school, but the last time I checked, our government has a system of checks and balances. Those same checks and balances have kept everything from the budget to the renewable energy tax credit in limbo for some time now.

But somehow, even though everything else in our government depends on the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate and the President to be in agreement, giving over sovereignty of our entire government can be done by one person.

If our President was truly powerful enough to do the things that critics for the last 12 years have assumed he can do by himself, why on Earth would he not be able to pass any other legislation that meets campaign promises or even personal goals? Do we honestly think that either Bush or Obama would give up on accomplishing real goals because of resistance in Congress, but that they would somehow have enough power to hand our country over to the U.N.?

For me, this comes down to being able to suspend common sense and truly believe that one person has the power to do things that he really can’t do. It happened to a Republican President and now it’s happening to a Democratic President.

I can’t imagine why this is happening more often in the last 12 years than in any other time in my life, but I can only hope the tenor of political discourse in our country begins to somehow swing back towards common sense.

Maybe it’s a refresher on the constitution or something else that we all need, but we need something quick.

Maybe the U.N. can help. Nah. Who would believe that?About The Blogger

- Dominic Dezzutti, producer of the Colorado Decides debate series, a co-production of CBS4 and Colorado Public Television, looks at the local and national political scene in his CBSDenver.com blog. Read new entries here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dezzutti writes about federal, state and local matters and how our elected leaders are handling the issues important to Colorado. Dezzutti also produces the Emmy winning Colorado Inside Out, hosted by Raj Chohan, on Colorado Public Television.

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