Posted 08-14-2003 at 21:02:44
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ret, I am so glad you asked, "just what is so great about Tx?"
When you're from Texas people that you meet ask you questions like, "do you have any cows?" It's nice to be able to say yes.
They ask you, "do you have horses?" Yup.
Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh? Of course.
They all want to know if you've been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.
Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Yes you have. Look at Texas for me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at It they know what it is.It's Texas.
Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt, and he'll know what it is. What happens if I show you a picture of any other state? You'll get it maybe after a second, but who else would? Even if you do does it ever stir any feelings in you?
In every man, woman and child on this little rock the Good Lord put us on, there is somewhere in them a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride in a pickup. Did you ever hear anyone in a bar go, "Wow... so you're from Ok-la-homa. Cool. Tell me about it"?
There is some bit of Texas in everyone. Do you know why? Because Texas is Texas. Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves but stayed. We send our kids to schools named
William B. Travis and Bowie and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to be heroes. John Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is Texas. Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Anna at San Jacinto.
Texas is Juneteenth and Texas Independence Day.
Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National
Texas is breathtaking mountains in Big Bend.
Texas is shiny skyscrapers in Houston.
Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork.
Texas is mexican food like nowhere in the world, even Mexico.
Texas is larger-than-life legends like Willie Nelson and Buddy Holly, Earl Campbell and Nolan Ryan, Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey, Lyndon Johnson and George Bush.
Texas is great companies like Dell Computer and Compaq.
Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops.
Texas is skies blackened with doves and leases full of deer.
Texas is the best Bar-b-que anywhere.
Texas is a place where cities shut down for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football and the streets are deserted during church.
Texas is beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies.
If it isn't in Texas, you don't need it.
No one does anything bigger or better. By federal law Texas is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its flag
at the same height as the U.S. flag. Think about that for a second. You fly the Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, or California, or Maine, and your state flag, whatever the heck it is, goes at 17. You fly the Stars and Stripes in front of Pine Tree High in Longview at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at 20 feet. Do you know why? Because we place being a Texan as high as being an American down here.
Our capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building in D.C.
We signed those in as part of the deal when we came into the union.
That's the best part right there. When we came in, Texas was its own country.
The Republic of Texas.
All of that makes me proud to be a Texan.