Of all the people to avoid jumping aboard the Jade Helm 15 crazy train, Ted Cruz was not on my short or long list. But while Cruz declined to take that one way ticket to crazy town (probably because he already has permanent residency there), that doesn’t mean he won’t pander to those that do.
During an interview with Dave Weigel, The Anointed King of the Holy American Empire spoke about the exercises, and tossing in that United States citizens have good reason not to trust the government.
While appearing at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention, Cruz said that, “My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” and, “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.”
Of course the citizenry can’t trust the government — Ted Cruz and other Republicans are running it. Get rid of them and put in people you can trust. This is how a democracy works. There’s nothing innate about government that’s corrupting; mold grows in shadow. Get rid of the shadows, not the government.
Alex Jones has managed to provoke a some conservatives into a frenzy, though; according to the Tin Foil Hat brigade, Jade Helm 15 is a prelude to the suspension of law or even a foreign invasion, because reasons.
Earlier this week, a 16-year veteran of the Texas State Legislature, Todd Smith, slammed Governor Greg Abbott for giving “credence to the nonsense mouthed by those who instead make decisions based on Internet or radio shock jock driven hysteria.” He warned fellow lawmakers not to pander to “idiots who believe that U.S. Navy SEALs and other U.S. military personnel” are going to start a Banana Republic-style Junta.
You can watch the interview below: