Media large and small throughout the nation have picked up on the story of Judge Tom Head's remarks earlier this week. The video of the interview has gone viral.
Judge Head made these comments prior to an in-studio interview on FOX 34, but the mics and cameras were on and he later gave us permission to air it. So we did. He now claims he was taken out of context.
With respect to the judge, this was not the first time he has made comments like these. It is not even the first time this week. On Monday, he was a guest on the Drive Home on FOXTalk 950 with Jeff Klotzman.
Here are his remarks on this subject in their entirety. You can also click the video to the right side of this page to listen.
Judge Head: "As County Judge I am the emergency management coordinator. As emergency management coordinator I have to think about the very worst thing that can happen and prepare for that and hope and pray for the best, OK? And in this political climate and financial climate, what is the very worst thing that can happen right now? Obama gets back in the White House. No. God forbid."
Jeff Klotzman: "That's the political aspect of this."
Judge Head: "OK. What's going to happen. Now I'm going to tell you my opinion, OK. Obama has put executive orders and whatever other documents his minions have filed. And 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. He's got his documents in place. They're going to be irrelevant.
"He is going to do what he wants to do. Now what do you think he is going to try to do in this next term? One of the things, my opinion. One of the things is he's going to try to give the sovereignty of the United States away to the United Nations. What do you think the public is going to do when that happens? We are talking civil unrest, civil disobedience, possibly, possibly civil war, OK? Now what happens? What happens? Now 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 UN troops, personnel carriers, tanks and weapons."
Jeff Klotzman: "I hope you don't have like a crystal ball you're looking into."
Judge Head: "Hey I've got to look at the worst case scenario, OK. I don't want UN coming into Lubbock County, so I'm going to be standing 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 UN troops. We may have to call out the militia.
Meanwhile, County commissioners are bracing for what could be another difficult day next week, with a second public hearing scheduled to discuss a potential tax hike. If Monday's planned meeting is anything like Wednesday's, it will be contentious to say the least.
All of this comes on the heels of County Judge Tom Head's warning of a possible civil war and U.N. invasion if President Obama is re-elected. He indicates a tax increase is needed to shore up law enforcement to protect us. And indeed the tax increase of 1.71 cents per $100 valuation would largely benefit the district attorney and sheriff's offices. But the emphasis is more on salary competitiveness than doomsday scenarios. Commissioners say they made millions of dollars in cuts from the initial departmental budget requests, but they need a bit more to cover needed salary increases for those two departments.
They heard feedback from citizens both for and against it:
"I would suggest that you do as all of us as individuals have to do. We have to live within the revenues that we have. And yours has gone up substantially. There should not be any tax increase required."
"I'm willing to pay more. I know from personal experience you cannot run a business with a negative deficit and that's what Lubbock County is being asked to do. The sheriffs department needs to be increased. The personnel needs to be increased. you can't do that with your current budget."
The next public hearing is set for Monday.