It’s time to Break It Down!
Odds are, you’ve never heard of Jade Helm 1 thru 14, not to mention Jade Helm 15. Alternately, if you have heard of what I shall refer to as JH15, for convenience sake, you have either had the occasion to embrace or reject the conspiracy theory of the moment. Needless to say, the choice you made says a lot about you. I’ll just leave that right there.
Alrighty then, let’s peel this onion. What in the Jesse Helms is Jade Helm 15? First off, the two things are not related. The Late Jesse Helms was a Republican Senator representing the State of North Carolina for 30 years (January 3, 1973 – January 3, 2003). JH15 is a planned United States military training exercise that is scheduled to take place over multiple states in the US from July 15 through September 15, 2015. The exercise will involve U.S. Army Special Operations Command (SOC) with other U.S. Armed Forces units in a multi-state exercise that includes Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.
Quickly, what do Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, and Chuck Norris have in common? As I view the question, on its face, it appears to presage the punch line to a bad joke. However, in this particular instance, it is a serious question about an issue that has at least surfaced around the fringe of the public square.
These distinguished gentlemen, two politicians and an actor, all with immutable ties to the Lone Star State, have all recently asserted to varying degrees that the Pentagon is in effect, embroiled in a nefarious scheme to take over Texas. The Honorable Greg Abbott is the Governor of Texas. He is so concerned about the devious and dangerous nature of JH15 to Texans, that he has ordered the State’s National Guard to monitor Operation JH15.
Intrepid Senator Ted Cruz, the Junior Senator from Texas, and a freshly minted GOP Presidential Candidate, while blazing the campaign trail in the friendly confines of Columbia, South Carolina this past Saturday said he’d been hearing concerns about JH15, and he wanted answers. As he continued, he said:
“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”
So, based upon his not so reassuring reassurance, one can infer Senator Cruz believes the Pentagon when it affirms the operation is a military training exercise, though he clearly believes the conspiracy theorists have legitimate grounds for concern.
Chuck Norris, who appeared in a number of action films, and portrayed a heroic lawman in the TV Show, “Walker, Texas Ranger, also joined the JH15 conspiracy bandwagon. On Sunday Walker, I mean Norris, published a column on the Conservative Website WND, in which he asserted:
“The U.S. government says, ‘It’s just a training exercise.’ But I’m not sure the term ‘just’ has any reference to reality when the government uses it.
Concerned Texans and Americans are in no way calling into question our brave and courageous men and women in uniform,” Norris wrote. “They are merely following orders. What’s under question are those who are pulling the strings at the top of Jade Helm 15 back in Washington.”
Mr. Norris is a very talented individual, who plied his acting skills in both movies and on TV. He is also a skilled martial artist, holding belts in a number of martial arts, including:
10th degree black belt Chun Kuk Do
| 9th degree black belt Tang Soo Do
8th degree black belt Taekwondo
5th degree black belt in Karate
black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
black belt Judo
He created the martial art known as Chun Kuk Do, based primarily on Tang Soo Do, but including elements from all the combat styles Norris knows. Chun Kuk Do, loosely translated as “The Universal Way,” like many other martial arts has an honor code. The code, which Mr. Norris claims as his personal code, has 10 principles, including:
Chun Kuk Do Principles
- I will develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways.
- I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements.
- I will continually work at developing love, happiness and loyalty in my family.
- I will look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.
- If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.
- I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
- I will maintain an attitude of open-mindedness.
- I will maintain respect for those in authority and demonstrate this respect at all times.
- I will always remain loyal to my God, my country, family and my friends.
- I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life because that positive attitude helps my family, my country and myself.
After a quick perusal of the ten pillars of Chun Kuk Do, I can only conclude Mr. Norris suspended principles 5, 7, and 8 from his person code, at least when it pertains to JH15. Forgive me while I LOL!
As I wrote in another space, No doubt this distinguished group fancies themselves fiscally conservative. Yet, the Governor has found a rather ingenious way to waste Texans’ money. Obamaphobia is real. But it’s too late for such hijinks; he won. Twice…and despite the hype machine, he’s not running again. So, in conclusion, I give you…”Jade Helm 15: The Next (Not So) Great Conspiracy Theory!”
I’m done; holla back!
To subscribe, click on Follow in the bottom right hand corner of my Home Page at http://thesphinxofcharlotte.com; enter your e-mail address in the designated space, and click on “Sign me up.” Subsequent editions of “Break It Down” will be mailed to your in-box.
Consult the links below for more detailed information on a variety of aspects relating to this post: