As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the by Gail Collins

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.

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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.

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