The American military plans to stage training exercises across several southwestern states during July, but those could be a front for an invasion by federal troops to enforce gay marriage and confiscate firearms.
The U.S. military will conduct anti-terrorism war games across Texas, California, Arizona, Mexico, Utah, and Colorado from July to September to train elite troops in urban warfare.
The only problem is: Texas mistrusts the federal government so much that Governor Greg Abbot has deployed the state guard to spy on U.S. troops.
The state has already set itself on a collision course with the federal government over gay marriage, and the feds might be more prepared than ever before.
Despite reassurances by the federal government, almost 50 percent of Texans think the federal government is likely to impose martial law, confiscate their guns, and arrest political protesters, according to an opinion poll conducted by the University of Texas.
They might be right; it has happened before.
After the Civil War and during Reconstruction, federal troops were sent to the South to declare martial law and enforce the rights of newly freed slaves because the government there refused to obey federal law.
Now, a recent Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriage has Texans up in arms, with everyone from the governor and the attorney general down to the city clerk promising not to allow gay marriage.
The highest court in the nation has spoken, but Texas refuses to listen and that may have dire consequences.
In 1957 the 101st Airborne was famously sent to Little Rock to allow African-Americans to attend school as Brown v. Board of Education allowed them.
This time, some 1,200 highly trained U.S. special forces will be placed on the ground in what could become a highly compromising situation for Texas.
If the federal troops plan to act to enforce the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court's decision, empty Wal-Mart's across the Southwest could become holding cells for the conservative holdouts in the Tea Party.
Will the Texas State Guard be able to protect their citizens from being herded into Wal-Mart-sized concentration camps by U.S. Special Forces?
Or will the lightly armed citizen troops be outmanned and outgunned by some of the world's most highly trained soldiers?
Only time will tell.
Perhaps it's time for the governor and attorney general to rethink their stance on following federal law for the safety of Texans everywhere.