Conspiracy theorists don't have the best reputation, but as Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently said: "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you."
Cruz has been receiving numerous questions by his constituents about Jade Helm 15, a 7 state military exercise going July 15 through September 15. And you can understand why: the talk is that there will be Army Green Berets and Navy Seals deployed to areas with large Republican populations (some of which (e.g., Texas) have coincidentally been labeled "hostile" on mission training maps) with a mission statement of "Mastering the Human Domain."
But Cruz says there is an even deeper reason for questioning than the mere logistics: It's that the foundation of trust between citizens and their government has been destroyed.
Cruz says in this Bloomberg article, "You know, I understand a lot of the concerns raised by a lot of citizens about Jade Helm. It's a question I'm getting a lot. And I think part of the reason is we have seen, for six years, a federal government disrespecting the liberty of the citizens. That produces fear, when you see a government that is attacking our free speech rights, or Second Amendment rights, or religious liberty rights. That produces distrust."
Citizens are increasingly seeing this disrespect of religious rights, especially surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage. Recent targets of this religious discrimination are the Kleins who have been excessively fined for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and face losing their family business, and former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran who, after 34 years of service, was fired for writing a devotional book for his church that referenced God's plan for marriage.
What do you think of the recent loss of religious liberties happening in America? Do you still have faith and trust in the current government? Do you think Jade Helm 15 is suspicious? We would love to hear your thoughts!