While he stopped short of actually saying “Civil War,” Tennessee House GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Casada is calling for the activation of the Tenn. National Guard to gather any Syrian refugees they can’t block from entering the state and “politely” return them to ICE as an armed resistance.
Like the rest of the heartless, gutless, GOP, he has decided that he and his state are above the law of the land. At least they are above any law they disagree with. Once again their track record of “If we don’t get our way, no one gets anything — we will shut the government down,” rears its ugly head, only this time it is nearly a direct threat of mobilizing troops against the federal government.
I’m not worried about what a bureaucrat in D.C. or an unelected judge thinks. We need to gather [Syrian refugees] up and politely take them back to the ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] center and say, ‘They’re not coming to Tennessee, they’re yours.’
When asked whether or not the State of Tennessee actually has the authority to round up Syrian refugees, Casada said:
Tennessee is a sovereign state. If the federal government is forsaking the obligation to protect our citizens, we need to act.
The Republicans are infamously fearful, and hostile in their lack of common decency and rejection of human equality, we know this. But rejecting those most in need of our nations help is just the beginning for them. It appears that they will not be happy just rigging elections and whipping their mindless minions into a lather over paying taxes. They want to commit treason, even up to taking arms against the government. If this man’s statement is indicative of the overall desire of the conservative fundamentalist mob to defy the government and it seems very likely it is. Virginia’s mayor recently praised the idea of internment camps for refugees, even though they are part of some of the darkest hours in American history.
Fearmongering Republicans would rather start a civil war than help those whose lives have been destroyed by ISIL, who the GOP created in the first place.
Bravery is not hiding in an armed bunker and screaming defiance — it is continuing your way of life and reaching out to improve it for others as well. Republicans got us into this mess in the first place, it would be insanity to follow them further down the rabbit hole.
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