Of course it would be Texas.
If you’ve been living in America, especially the Southwestern states, you’ve probably heard of Jade Helm 15. If you haven’t, Jade Helm is apparently the U.S. Government’s plan to bring Texas into the United States and do some other stuff, too. It’s a tale full of sound and fury, told by madmen (and women) symbolizing the country’s further descent into madness and paranoia.
In reality, Jade Helm is a training exercise for the U.S. Military. The modern world is a different kind of battle ground and requires a different kind of tactic to win; the Jade Helm exercises seem to be nothing more than the military trying some new tactics to see how they work. Frankly, in-country military training exercises are nothing now; they’ve been going on for decades. However, since the U.S. government is run by Democrat, certain people have decided that the whole exercise is nothing more than a smokescreen for the evil Obama to take over the country (that he’s already President of) and silence his political enemies (who, apparently, are nuts).
It all started with a leaked map and PowerPoint presentation detailing an internal military training operation called Jade Helm 15 and the conspiracy theorists have spun it so completely out of control to the point that it now involves the United States government, Wal-Mart, the Chinese, ISIS, and a desperate attempt to conquer Texas. Jade Helm has roped in such luminaries as Greg Abbot (the governor of Texas), Rick Perry (former governor of Texas and failed Presidential candidate who is blaming Obama for the whole debacle), and Ted Cruz (Tea Party favorite who has questioned the Pentagon about “what’s really going on with Jade Helm”). Abbot has gone so far as to warn the Texas National Guard to “monitor the mission.”
So, what’s the story here?
It would appear there are quite a few empty WalMart stores in Texas. This isn’t entirely unusual; there’s at least one in Albuquerque I can think of. Wal-Mart has a history of opening stores and simply closing them when they become unprofitable or more of a pain than they’re worth. The huge shells are usually repurposed into indoor flea markets, other stores, or extremely large meth dens. Kind of a cycle of life thing.
The scuttlebutt surrounding the closings (at least in the saner circles) is that employees at the stores were trying to unionize and rather than deal with the hassle of working with a union WalMart simply shut the stores down and told the employees to piss off. WalMart doesn’t care much for unions.
Now, to really understand the rest of this post, you kind of have to understand the political climate in America. The Democrats hate the Republicans and the Republicans hate the Democrats. I’m not kidding on this point. A Democratic Senator could say something like “we all need air to breathe” and his or her Republican counterpart would argue that point tooth and nail, claiming our need for air was just another example of out-of-control government expansion and that we really don’t need air anyway. A Republican Senator could claim that Capitalism is a pretty good thing and his or her Democratic counterpart would scream to the skies about how Capitalism is nothing but greedy, rich white guys trying to get richer.
Some voters get behind this and will find any and every reason to hate those guys, whoever those guys might be.
To hear them speak, no one on the other side has ever had a good idea, is actively trying to destroy the country, is a horrible terrible rotten no-good person who is probably either a Nazi or a Communist depending on who’s doing the arguing. Those other guys want to take away freedoms and implement a theocracy. They’re all awful people and if we could just get our guys into the White House all our problems will immediately go away and everything will be fine.
Some people live in an elaborate fantasy world.
Now, I should point out that not all Republicans or Democrats think like that, most are pretty middle of the road. Unfortunately, you don’t hear from the sane people, they’re too busy trying to get about the business of actually running the country; you hear from the loudmouthed idiots who love to spin yarns like Jade Helm and how it’s an elaborate plot to do something nerfarious.
Get ready, folks, we’re about to go through the looking glass…
I’ve already mentioned the abandoned WalMarts in Texas. If you’ve never seen one, they’re monstrous stores. Some of the bigger ones can hold small countries inside of them. After you kick out the meth heads, you’ve got a perfect place to stage an invasion from. Each store could easily be repurposed into a place to feed and house an army and hold political dissidents. According to a segment of the population, this is exactly what’s happening to a handful of stores that were shut down.
The invasion will come from special forces troops under the command the evil Barrack Obama. The United States government is, right now, digging tunnels under those closed Wal Marts to link them together. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Chinese are apparently in on it, too (even though the US and China don’t really get along). As if that bad wasn’t bad enough, ISIS is taking part in the whole thing, too; they’ll be providing the false-flag attack that will let the US invade Texas.
Read through those articles and if they don’t chill your blood, well, try something that’s actually scary.
I work with a bunch of ex-military men and women at my job and I asked one of the guys (a former Marine) what he thought about the whole thing and he pointed out two interesting facts:
- Texas is already part of the United States
- There are already thousands of US military personnel stationed in Texas
Those two facts taken together should have been sufficient to kibosh the whole thing, but some people are loathe to let pesky facts interrupt what is becoming an exciting new conspiracy theory. Among one of the newer conspiracies I read earlier today related to a recent decision by the Obama administration to stop selling military hardware to local law enforcent. At the time, it made sense: what city actually needs its police to have a tank? The darker side, though, was recently brought to light when someone figured out that the government stopped supplying the police with military hardware JUST IN TIME FOR JADE HELM. It was nothing more than a clever ploy to defang the police so they’d be powerless when the government troops (who are already stationed in Texas) rolled in. As if by ceasing the sales of military hardware to local law enforcement somehow meant all the nifty toys the police already had (assault rifles, body armor, drones, etc) somehow vanished. Now you’ve got a police force that’s incapable of protecting the citizens from the military.
Bear in mind, this is the United States military we’re talking about here. They take out countries for breakfast. A handful of cops with body armor and the odd armored car would be nothing more than late morning Triscuit.
Now, lest you think I’m painting all Republicans as total whack jobs, bear in mind there are plenty of sane Republicans out there. John McCain has expressed disbelief that the whole thing has gotten so blown out of proportion. Most people think the whole thing is nonsense. But it’s those few people out there who honestly believe Jade Helm is nothing more than a cover so that Obama can come take them away in the dead of night to a FEMA reeducation camp who simply can’t stop talking about it that keep the story alive. American media loves the fringe – and this is about as fringe as it gets. It’s become an echo chamber and each new reverberation adds to the madness.
So, what does this have to do with what’s ostensibly a writing blog? It’s the perfect plot for a political thriller. It’s got all the elements of a great story, it just needs some fleshing out to make it personal. In a year or two, no one will remember Jade Helm 15, and that would be the perfect time for the book to come out. Only in the book, the exercise really is a smoke screen and some terrible things happen. If it weren’t for the concerted efforts of a few good people, all would have been lost.
The whole of the Jade Helm conspiracy also goes to show just how crazy a plot can be and still be believable. I really fretted about the plot to Henchmen: that it wasn’t believable, that it didn’t make sense, that no one would believe it. It turns out I needn’t have worried. The stories people are telling themselves about Jade Helm are far crazier. One “Texas Ranger” is claiming to have seen trains equipped with shackles for political dissidents. And here I thought the political prisoners were to be stored in WalMarts and secreted away in the elaborate tunnels.
Still, if you’re interested, Jade Helm will be running from July 18, 2015 through September 15, 2015. I guess we’ll discuss it again on September 16th. Maybe I’ll make up shirts that say “I survived Jade Helm.”
Maybe. If we’re all still free enough to do that.