County Judge Tom Head, center, with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas in Lubbock in May. Mr. Head has warned of street violence.

Sometimes the folks down in Texas come off really, really scary. 

A hearing on a proposed tax increase had just started at the county courthouse here Monday when Grace Rogers, a retired teacher, addressed local leaders. Ms. Rogers said she supported the idea of increasing the property tax to 34.6 cents per $100 valuation from 32.9 cents to finance the hiring of additional sheriff’s deputies — with one reservation.

It was that, she said, “it does not fund a paramilitary to create an insurrection and rebellion against the United States.”

Her comments might have sounded absurd at some other time, in some other place. But these days in Lubbock, a West Texas city known as the birthplace of the 1950s rock ’n’ roll pioneer Buddy Holly, Ms. Rogers’s request was timely and appropriate, under the circumstances.

A few days before, the county’s top elected official, County Judge Tom Head, made an appearance on a local television station to generate support for the tax increase. He said he was expecting civil unrest if President Obama is re-elected, and that the president would send United Nations forces into Lubbock, population 233,740, to stop any uprising.
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