A Texas county judge is using the threat of a possible civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected to argue for a tax increase to hire more sheriff's deputies.
Lubbock County Judge Tom Head claimed that Obama will try to "hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN" if he wins the November election.
Head, who as a county administrator oversees emergency management, said that if that happens the citizens of Texas will not stand for it.
"I'm thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we're not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we're talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy," Head said in an interview with the local Fox News affiliate on Tuesday.
"Now what's going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He's going to send in UN troops. I don't want 'em in Lubbock County. Okay. So I'm going to stand in front of their armoured personnel carrier and say 'you're not coming in here'.
"And the sheriff, I've already asked him, I said 'you gonna back me' he said, 'yeah, I'll back you.' Well, I don't want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me."
Head told the local paper on Wednesday that his comments were taken out of context and explained that he was just using the possibility of a civil war as an example of a potential "worst case scenario".
"Does that mean I think the UN is going to come rolling into Lubbock, no that probably is not going to happen. An F5 tornado is probably not going to hit Lubbock. But I have to prepare for that," he said in a video posted on the Lubbock Avalanche Journal's website.
He said a far more likely scenario is that the United States will face an economic collapse if Obama is re-elected. Head went on to explain that while he fears the resulting social unrest elsewhere in the country he thinks the neighbourliness of west Texans will help Lubbock weather the financial storm.
Head also insisted that he was not personally a threat to president, although he told the paper he was "surprised" that militia groups "haven't been more vocal".