No, not really. But Leonard Pitts highlights how resistance to government has become a central tenet of GOP thought. (I know - oxymoron - but read on.)
... depending upon your religious outlook, a fortuitous coincidence or superfluous evidence of God’s puckish sense of humor that a few days later comes news of conservatives accusing the federal government of trying to take over the state of Texas. It seems the four branches of the U.S. military are gearing up for Operation Jade Helm 15, an eight-week training exercise across seven states. Right-wing conspiracy theorists online and on radio are claiming the exercise is actually a pretext for a federal takeover of the Lone Star State, with — get this — abandoned Wal-Marts to be used for the processing of prisoners!
Nor is this being laughed off by conservatives in positions of authority. To the contrary, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the state guard to monitor the exercise to safeguard Texans’ "civil liberties." Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert has asked the military to change the exercise. Senator and presidential wannabe Ted Cruz said he checked with the Pentagon and while he accepts that it has no plans to conquer Texas — how magnanimous of him — "I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty" because the Obama administration "has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy."
Forgive me if I don’t spend a lot of space pointing out that this is stupid, though I can’t resist asking: If the Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force were, indeed, planning to take over Texas, just what does Gov. Abbott think the state guard would be able to do about it?
But that would take clear thinking, a skill practiced by GOPlins only when jacking up their base. The scarier possibility is that Abbott actually believes his nonsense. Either way, the larger message here is that we, as a nation, have become accustomed to the day-to-day craziness coming out of the GOPlin spin machines. And the half of the nation that laughs it off is losing to the half of the nation that accepts it all as truth.