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Opinion

Paul McMorrow

GOP sops to the right feed darker forces

Unrest. Civil war. A United Nations occupation. According to Tom Head, the county judge of Lubbock, Texas, armed conflict and insurrection will surely greet President Barack Obama’s reelection. “And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations,” Head said recently. “We’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.”

Up in Lexington and Concord, the comments from Lubbock County’s top elected official sound like the ravings of a man on his way to the state hospital at Bridgewater. But Head’s paranoia about UN storm troopers and an invasion by his own government is far from unique. For the better part of the past four years, Republicans have fanned radical fever dreams as a get-out-the-vote strategy.

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