Don’t Mess With Texas!

Once upon a time, I was exiled to Texas much as the Children of Israel were exiled to Babylon. At least it felt that way.

Actually, I moved to Houston, Texas in the early 1970’s for my job, and have never regretted the move. While in Texas, I found opportunities you could not find in other states. I was an engineer turned salesman, and my wife was a certified teacher. Both of us found educational opportunities to be abundant in Texas, with very good universities both public and private. We both earned our masters degrees while in Texas while starting a family, and maturing as adults.

Most of all, I was impressed with attitudes in Texas. People that have not lived there simply don’t understand the attitudes and ways of life in the Lone Star state. Because of their history, Texans are passionate about their liberty, and look with jaundiced eye at those who talk about increasing taxes, making more laws, or to tell them how to live their lives.

When a business person in Texas wants to start a business, they just do it. Governmental interference is at a minimum. Some people think that Governor Greg Abbott is trying some sort of wild political maneuver by investigating the US Government’s military activities in his state. You have to understand that the US Government has almost deserted the Texas/Mexican border. The governor has had to supplement border defences to great cost to the state.

Governor Greg Abbott does not trust Barack Obama, because Obama has removed all trust and recognition of a state’s right to defend itself from interlopers. On most issues from climate change to health care,  to guarding our borders, Washington has shown itself capable of doing the wrong thing, and shoving bad programs down the throats of Americans. Whatever is going on with the Federal Government should be taken with a big dose of skepticism.

Now, we read of a shooting in Garland, Texas (a Dallas suburb) at an event advertising a prize for the best cartoon of Muhammad. Islamists were in a rage over the event. but notice that the two attackers were killed by just one Texas policeman. The terrorists opened fire with assault rifles, but the cop was ready, He shot and killed both terrorists.

That’s the Texas I am talking about. Texans are fiercely independent and freedom loving. The only really liberal areas of Texas outside of a few Dallas ‘burbs is Austin, Texas. Austin is a bastion of liberal ignorance and arrogance. Remember that the Democrat Travis County Prosecutor tried for years to get Tom DeLay in jail for some trumped up charges, and spent millions of the county dollars trying the case. It was eventually overturned.

So, if you are looking for a state with deep traditions based on individual freedom, you are talking about Texas. Guns, and defending free speech, are not bad things in the Lone Star State.

16 thoughts on “Don’t Mess With Texas!”

  1. Governor Rick Perry is not governor anymore. I read something that seemed to say that Governor Abbott and Perry were at odds over this, but was too busy to follow it up.

  2. I like Abbott a LOT MORE than Perry, the little I know of either.
    Mustang sent me a great email the other day in regard to the two killed at the Draw the Prophet event: “Two idiots who were offended by the First Amendment were quickly introduced to the Second Amendment. Welcome to Texas”!! Loved that.

  3. Hi, Angel. Nice to hear from you. I haven’t been on line very much, but am trying to get back into the swing of things. Thanks for the comment.

  4. My wife and I are certainly considering Texas as our final destination when we retire in 4-5 years.

    as an aside, I read recently were Texas has the highest population of moslems. The mayor of Irving, TX is also on a youtube where the city council voted 5-4 to not allow sharia (or any non-constitutional practices) to be allowed. But 5-4? how is this not 9-0. Well, we plan on supplementing Conservative voting and practice in Texas if we end up there.

  5. Hi, Kid. Irving, Texas is one of the northern burbs of Dallas. I am not sure about the politics in that area. Remember, that there are hundreds of thousands of people in Texas from other states. Also, there are large populations of people from other countries. For example, on the Gulf Coast and in Houston there is a pretty good population of Viet Nam folks. There is a huge population of Mexican immigrants in the state, illegal and legal. There are Czech and German communities in South Texas theat have been there for over a hundred years. There are some black people out by the border around Eagle Pass that are descendants of Seminole Indians that fled Florida who-knows-when. The hippies and nere-do-wells live in the Austin area, a predominately Democrat area.

    It’s a big place. Plus, there was no state income tax when I lived there. All the taxes are sales and property taxes.

  6. Bless you my loyal patriot friend now and always!..Blessed Memorial Day and eat tons of dessert..ha! 🙂 xoxoxoxox

  7. I don’t know HOW I missed this, Bob, but you must MUST read the novel “Don’t Mess with Texas” by my friend’s husband, Bob Smiley. Every Conservative I know has loved it. HILARIOUS book about American politics all based around Texas….
    You can apparently find used copies for $.01 (poor Bob Smiley…and he just had his fourth child and has one in a wheel chair, the sweetest boy you ever met)…
    So pay more if you can 🙂
    Let me know if you do it…you won’t be sorry!!
    So do another post, okay, Bob! 🙂 (nag, nag, nag!)

  8. Actrually, Z, I did read the book because you recommended it. The “Dont’ Mess With Texas” line comes from a campaign in Texas were there used to be signs on the highways and freeways that you should not consider littering in Texas, thus, the campaign slogan, “Don’t Mess With Texas”.

    Gotta get on the stick and start regular blogging, again.


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