The County Commissioners had a public hearing Wednesday morning in which people could voice their opinion about the proposed tax increase that will be officially voted into effect on September 10th. However, the meeting took a very different turn when comments made by Judge Tom Head were discussed.
During an interview with another media outlet, Judge Head said President Obama is "going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N. and what's going to happen when that happens? I'm thinking the worst civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we're not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we're talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy."
He continued, "Now what's going to happen if we do that? He's going to send in U.N. troops. I don't want ‘em in Lubbock County. Ok. So I'm going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say ‘you're not coming here.' And the Sheriff, I've already asked him, I said ‘you gonna back me?' He said, ‘Yeah I'll back you.' Well, I don't want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me."
The statements have caused major waves throughout Lubbock and are igniting furious comments on our Facebook page.
The woman who got up and sparked the debate was Sue Barrick, and she said, "I was astonished to hear that we were raising money in order to prepare for the eventuality that if president Obama were to be re-elected there would be a civil war and that we would have to meet opposition at the county line."
The Judge then defended himself, saying that his statement was taken out of context.
"As emergency management director I have to prepare for the worst case scenario. I'm not an alarmist. I don't think these things that I mentioned yesterday are going to happen, but I have to prepare for the very worst thing that could happen," Head said. "Worst case scenario, the U.N. comes in and does all their stuff. That's probably not going to happen but I have to prepare for it. Worst case scenario we probably wont have an F5 tornado go through Lubbock, but I have to prepare for it."
County Commissioner Gilbert Flores then fired back at Head saying he was embarrassed and felt betrayed by the statements.
"I am very disappointed by the comments that Judge Head made yesterday. I am constantly defending my community in my travels around the state of Texas, especially when I venture into the larger cities like Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, down in the Valley, and they constantly have to remind me that I live in West Texas."
"We need to change the image that we have throughout the nation and throughout the state, and the comments made by Judge Head yesterday don't help that. If this was a military court you'd probably be court martialed and you'd probably be charged with treason."
"Tom, I think you better plan to go fishing very soon," Flores said.
However there were some that stood up for Head and his comments. "Commissioner Flores I am very heartbroken you feel the way you do. I think Judge Head had the right to speak his feelings. If we are losing the right to publicly speak then we are losing the rights that we have as American citizens," a citizen at the podium said.
"I salute you Judge Head for what you said," another man said.
The meeting concluded around 11 a.m. and Judge Head promptly left. Commissioner Heinrich did tell us that the comments made by Judge Head are not an indication of how well the County Commissioners work together, and this will not affect their work relationship and goal of trying to so what is right for the people of Lubbock County.
Also attracting attention across Lubbock is local attorney Rod Hobson's business. A United Nations flag is hanging in front of one window and on the other is a statement written in shoe polish: "Welcome U.N. overlords. Thanks for picking Lubbock first."
"We wanted to be the first to welcome the U.N. overlords if they decide to come to Lubbock, which Judge Head thinks they're coming. He apparently needs a tax increase to keep them away," Hobson said.
It's a battle of mixed emotions as Judge Head will continue to be in the spotlight and catch national attention for weeks to come.
The next public hearing is scheduled for Monday August 27th, so if you want to give your opinion on the tax increase that is your last chance to do so.
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