(CNN) -- Texas Democrats are calling for the resignation of a Republican elected county judge who warned this week that the nation could descend into civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected.
"It's really up to Judge (Tom) Head to do the right thing and resign and stop embarrassing Lubbock County," said Kenny Ketner, who became the county Democratic Party's chief Monday.
"I wish we were getting worldwide attention for something better than a crazy county judge," Ketner told CNN. "But what are you going to do?"
There is no recall process for Head's office in Texas, Ketner said.
"I don't agree with him, but everyone has their opinion," Tepper said. "I can respectfully disagree with him and he can still be an elected official."
While Tepper said he had not heard from state Republican Party chiefs, the Texas Democratic Party did weigh in with a statement.
"This nonsense is what passes for mainstream in today's Republican Party," the statement said. "It's not only ridiculous, it's dangerous. It's crystal clear that Judge Head should resign."
In remarks this week, Head called for a well-equipped force to battle the United Nations troops that he said Obama might bring in.
The comments by Head, who oversees emergency planning efforts, were broadcast by CNN affiliate KJTV. He made similar remarks on radio station FOX Talk 950.
Saying that as the county's emergency management coordinator he has to "think about the very worst thing that can happen and prepare for that and hope and pray for the best," Head told radio host Jeff
Klotzman that he believes "in this political climate and financial climate, what is the very worst thing that could happen right now? Obama gets back in the White House. No. God forbid."
Referring to unexplained "executive orders" and other documents that Obama and "his minions have filed," Head said, "regardless of whether the Republicans take over the Senate, which I hope they do, he is going to make the United States Congress and he's going to make the Constitution irrelevant. He's got his czars in place that don't answer to anybody."
Obama, Head said, will "try to give the sovereignty of the United States away to the United Nations.
What do you think the public's going to do when that happens? We are talking civil unrest, civil disobedience, possibly, possibly civil war. ... I'm not talking just talking riots here and there. I'm talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms, get rid of the dictator. OK, what do you think he is going to do when that happens? He is going to call in the U.N. troops, personnel carriers, tanks and whatever."
Head vowed to personally stand "in front of their personnel carriers and say, 'You're not coming in here.' And I've asked the sheriff. I said, 'Are you going to back me on this?' And he said, 'Yeah, I'm going to back you.' Well, I don't want a bunch of rookies back there who have no training and little equipment. I want seasoned veteran people who are trained that have got equipment. And even then, you know we may have two or three hundred deputies facing maybe a thousand U.N. troops. We may have to call out the militia."
Sheriff Kelly Rowe told KJTV there had been no conversation about such a civil war scenario. The two have discussed contingencies for emergency management, he said.
The lone Democrat on the Lubbock County Commissioner's Court, Gilbert Flores, described Head with a colorful West Texas saying: "He's a six-pack short of a full case of beer, if you know what I mean."
Now, a little after the story story.
I posted the link to this account on Facebook yesterday, adding the following personal comment:
"...first, it would be nice if this kind of stupidity would just go away...but, at the very least, it would be nice if, once in a while, it came from, say, an Ivy League professor instead of the same old, tired, predictable dumb ass redneck..."
A Facebook, and personal, friend of mine, shortly thereafter, added his comment about my comment.
"...our current prez was an Ivy League professor. a second term for this clown? now THERE'S stupidity..."
My response to that comment, for whatever reason, disappeared about thirty seconds after I posted it to FB. Whether it was a glitch, a burp or somehow deleted, I'm rewriting it here as part of this piece so that the complete "conversational thread" can be offered in its entirety.
"...the electoral process will, as prescribed by the Constitution, render fair and due judgement on the performance of the incumbent in the job he was hired to do as they vote to either extend or terminate his contract in that job....and dissent, disagreement, even outright protest are rights afforded every individual citizen of this country thanks to the wisdom of the founders....that said, for an elected official, let alone a "respected" member of the bench, to, for all appearances, advocate "civil war" as a means to manipulate, even frighten the aforementioned voters is, at best, irresponsible and, at worst, unconscionable....and that would be true if the "clown" was named Obama...Bush....or even Jimmy Carter, for that matter...."
Simply put, the danger isn't so much the "clown".
The danger is the buffoon.