Leave up to the mentally unstable of Texas to come up with a mentally unstable idea. And, as ‘luck’ would have it, it happened right here in my home county of Orange, Texas.
David W. Smith is the mental case in question. He has requested that the county of Orange officially recognize his militia group as the county reserve militia. The commissioners were getting ready to vote on the matter when one “expressed reservations about the group’s vetting process and requested more information”. The vote was tabled for the time being.
Now here’s the troublesome part of Smith’s proposal. He now claims he’s just an ordinary citizen concerned about the safety and security of his county. He declares he’s not a white supremacist, conspiracy theorist and is not a member of or believes in the KKK. He’s attempted to justify the need of his group in several interviews, including some national services. But he’s failing miserable. He almost always slips up and reveals his true intent almost every time.
In an interview with the local county news he cites “the influx of immigrants entering the country who want to change the government, such as establishing Islamic Sharia Law”, yet there is not a single case of a Muslim attempting to change any of our laws. Smith claims groups like his is “the last line of defense against tyranny” which suggest the U.S. government is no longer recognized by him and his group as a legitimate government.
When Smith was interviewed by The Orange Leader, the local city newspaper quoted him as saying “After witnessing a blatant disregard of our Constitution in the Senate and our Government I found the overwhelming desire to take a stand and offer to represent the citizens of Texas. …What I find is, our current Government is in a stark contrast to what our Founding Fathers established for this Nation. When our government ignores the Law of the Land we have a problem.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) takes issue with Smith’s claim of simply being a concerned citizen:
“[Smith] has expressed support for views that are far from the mainstream. Through his Facebook profile, he is linked to a wide variety of extremist groups and figures, from anti-government conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (who popularized the recent notion that the federal government was planning to invade Texas) to various Three Percenter groups (anti-government extremists who view themselves fighting against the federal government as American colonists fought against the British). Smith ran for U.S. senate in 2014 on a platform of opposing ‘this unconstitutional de facto government’.”
The ADL also says Smith claims “that county commissioners could be jailed if they refused to authorize a militia”.
What’s scary about Smith’s chances of getting the county to officially recognize him and his militia is that a newly-elected county judge is supporting the idea. Judge Brint Carlton, who has voting power on the issue, says he supports Smith and calls his idea a “good thing”.
Smith ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, listing himself as being affiliated with the tea party. The tea party community has him listed on their website. That in itself defines who and what Smith is. But in his interview with the local newspaper, he claimed he was running as an Independent, which says he’s not altogether honest. However, Smith needed 49,799 signatures from
county state voters to get on the ballot and evidently was unable to garner up that many signatures as his name never appeared on any ballot.
Where does Texas get these whacko’s?
Correction: About Smith’s run for U.S. Senate, I inadvertently stated he couldn’t get enough signatures from county voters to get on the ballot. It should have read “State” voters.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky