By Gail Collins
In the most explosive and well timed political books in years, Gail Collins pronounces that "what occurs in Texas does not remain in Texas anymore."
Not until eventually she visited Texas, that proud country of huge oil and larger objectives, did Gail Collins, the best-selling writer and columnist for the New York Times, discover that she had ignored the only position that mattered such a lot in America’s political panorama. Raised in Ohio, Collins had formerly visible the yank primary divide as a conflict among the Republican heartland and its liberal coasts. however the actual tale, she got here to work out, was once in Texas, the place Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Perry had created a conservative political time table that's now sweeping the rustic and defining our nationwide id. via its full of life aid of banking deregulation, lax environmental criteria, and draconian tax cuts, via its fierce championing of states rights, gun possession, and, in fact, sexual abstinence, Texas, with Governor Rick Perry’s presidential pursuits, has turn into the bellwether of a far-reaching nationwide circulation that maintains to have profound social and fiscal effects for us all. love it or now not, as Texas is going, so is going the country.
Read or Download As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda PDF
Similar political ideologies books
The French nation-state and the Communist social gathering are inextricably associated. Communism in Rural France explores this complicated and robust dating that is so an important for an knowing of the historical past of recent France. in the course of 1936 and 1937 a sour fight erupted one of the agricultural employees and swept via components of the French nation-state, which rose up in moves and elevated unionization.
The melancholy period observed the 1st mass scholar stream in American historical past. The campaign, led largely by means of younger Communists, was once either an anti-war crusade and a move championing a broader and extra egalitarian imaginative and prescient of the welfare kingdom than that of the recent buyers. The stream arose from a major political awakening on campus, attributable to the industrial obstacle of the Thirties, the escalating foreign tensions, and chance of global battle wrought via fascism.
For a very long time, the time period ‘ideology’ was once in disrepute, having turn into linked to such retro notions as primary fact and the everlasting verities. The tide has became, and up to date years have visible a revival of curiosity within the questions that ideology poses to social and cultural concept, and to political perform.
From both sides, we listen that computing device know-how, with its indisputable energy to disseminate details and fasten contributors, holds huge, immense capability for a reinvigoration of political existence. yet will the web quite spark a democratic revolution? and may the adjustments it brings be so profound that earlier political idea can be of little use in assisting us to appreciate them?
Extra resources for As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda
People discuss and debate the issues of can we break ourselves into five states, can we secede, a lot of interesting things that I’m sure Oklahoma and Pennsylvania would love to be able to say about their states, but the fact is, they can’t. ” The governor’s certainty that the rest of us are mooning around wishing we could have secession discussions is sort of touching, in a terrifying kind of way. But he is right that Texans do enjoy having lively exchanges about their state’s history. I was once at a dinner party in Austin where I listened to an intense debate about whether Davy Crockett had died fighting at the Alamo, or had been captured and executed later, and I must say I enjoyed that conversation very much.
France is sort of a stretch (we are talking about one deeply unsuccessful settlement somewhere near Louisiana), but it’s the small, off-center placement of the American flag in the design on the rotunda floor that’s seriously unsettling. It’s as if Texas’s nine years of independence was the center of its story, while its role as part of the United States is a colorful afterthought, like the brief flirtation with the French. If we want to understand what Texas means to the rest of the country, first we have to understand a little about what Texas means to Texans.
He added, “I don’t think they made a decision to die there. ” “The Alamo is a blank slate,” said Jan Jarboe Russell, a San Antonio writer and biographer of Lyndon Johnson’s wife, Lady Bird. ” The Alamo’s ability to stand for different things to different people is particularly true when it comes to the story of William Travis, who became the sole commander when Jim Bowie got too sick to get out of bed. Travis was an émigré from Alabama, where he had abandoned a pregnant wife and baby son. “Most of the colonists thought he was a stuffed shirt and really full of himself,” said Haley.
Categories: Political Ideologies