Family Security Matters
Earlier this month, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the ‘Jade Helm 15′ exercises the federal government plans to stage in Texas and other states:
Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15, 2015. This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law.
Certainly, I can understand these concerns. When leaders within the current administration believe that major threats to the country include those who support the Constitution, are military veterans, or even ‘cling to guns or religion,’ patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned. We have seen people working in this administration use their government positions to persecute people with conservative beliefs in God, country, and notions such as honor and self-reliance. Because of the contempt and antipathy for the true patriots or even Christian saints persecuted for their Christian beliefs, it is no surprise that those who have experienced or noticed such persecution are legitimately suspicious.
Having served in the U.S. Army, I can understand why military officials have a goal to see if groups of Special Forces can move around a civilian population without being noticed and can handle various threat scenarios. In military science classes or in my years on active duty, I have participated in or observed military exercises; however, we never named an existing city or state as a “hostile.” We would use fictitious names before we would do such a thing.
Once I observed the map depicting ‘hostile,’ ‘permissive,’ and ‘uncertain’ states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority, ‘cling to their guns and religion,’ and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution. When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in ‘hostile’ control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious.
Such labeling tends to make people who have grown leery of federal government overreach become suspicious of whether their big brother government anticipates certain states may start another civil war or be overtaken by foreign radical Islamist elements which have been reported to be just across our border. Such labeling by a government that is normally not allowed to use military force against its own citizens is an affront to the residents of that particular state considered as ‘hostile,’ as if the government is trying to provoke a fight with them.
The map of the exercise needs to change, the names on the map need to change, and the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) gave an impassioned speech on the House floor on Friday during debate on funding the Department of Homeland Security and President Barack Obama’s un-Constitutional executive actions on immigration.
Gohmert accused Obama of usurping Congress by ‘speaking’ laws in to effect—not even bothering to write anything—that are then enacted from thin air by means of a Homeland Security memorandum without any involvement by Congress.
While Gohmert didn’t say so, the image of Yul Brynner as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses in the film The Ten Commandments comes to mind. One of Brynner’s memorable lines was when he would make law for Egypt simply by speaking his dictate followed by, “So let it be written, so let it be done.”
Text of Rep. Gohmert’s speech as transcribed by Kristinn Taylor.
“Thank you, Madam Speaker. I appreciated so much my friend Mr. Scott bringing that oath. It does mean a lot taking that oath–to serve in the Army for four years taking basically the same oath; to be a prosecutor in Texas; to be a judge in Texas; to be a chief justice in Texas and now to be in Congress–it means something.
“And protecting the Constitution means that if we don’t preserve the balance of power then this little experiment in democracy or the ‘Republic, madam’ as Benjamin Franklin referred to will be lost.
“So I appreciated what my friend from Maryland said and I wrote it down because it was profound and I quote, “We gave up the opportunity to act responsibly.”
“And I would humbly submit Madam Speaker that that’s been going on for the last six years. Now some of it went on during the Bush administration as the president used executive orders and took powers that probably shouldn’t have been his.
“But in talking to people that have been in Congress over the last thirty-five years or so, they’ve told me that whether it was Gerald Ford, or Richard Nixon—Goldwater went down Pennsylvania Avenue—Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush there was a willingness on both sides of the aisle to get in a car together and go down Pennsylvania and say, “Mr. President, you have usurped far too much power. We can’t let you destroy the Constitution any further. We are taking a stand.”
“And we have missed that opportunity to act responsibly but fortunately it’s not yet too late. This will act respon-(glitch in video)-say and if you don’t know what irresponsibility is then look at Judge Hanen’s opinion he spells it out.
“This president didn’t even have the gumption to write an executive order and sign it. He spoke his new amnesty law in to being and then Jeh Johnson did a memo. That took the power of Congress away from us.
“So the question on acting responsibly is, “Do we make that message clear? We’re not having laws spoken in to being in this country and having some bureaucrat—unelected—come around with a memo that undoes laws by different Congresses all these years, signed by different Presidents with a memo?”
“Come on. It’s time to act responsibly. Now is the time, please, I know party divisions run deep but stand with us for the Constitution.
“I yield back.”