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Fri Jul 14, 2017, 10:26 AM

America's Future is Texas

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/10/americas-future-is-texas

I did a search for the article but it did not come up as being previously posted. Mea culpa if it has.

Wow - this absolutely the adage of All Politics is Local. These people need to stopped in try to spread the cancer that is the modern GOP throughout the land. Holding Medical Licensure hostage for a bathroom bill.
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I’ve lived in Texas for most of my life, and I’ve come to appreciate what the state symbolizes, both to people who live here and to those who view it from afar. Texans see themselves as a distillation of the best qualities of America: friendly, confident, hardworking, patriotic, neurosis-free. Outsiders see us as the nation’s id, a place where rambunctious and disavowed impulses run wild. Texans, it is thought, mindlessly celebrate individualism, and view government as a kind of kryptonite that weakens the entrepreneurial muscles. We’re reputed to be braggarts; careless with money and our personal lives; a little gullible, but dangerous if crossed; insecure, but obsessed with power and prestige.

Texans, however, are hardly monolithic. The state is as politically divided as the rest of the nation. One can drive across it and be in two different states at the same time: FM Texas and AM Texas. FM Texas is the silky voice of city dwellers, the kingdom of NPR. It is progressive, blue, reasonable, secular, and smug—almost like California. AM Texas speaks to the suburbs and the rural areas: Trumpland. It’s endless bluster and endless ads. Paranoia and piety are the main items on the menu.

Texas has been growing at a stupefying rate for decades. The only state with more residents is California, and the number of Texans is projected to double by 2050, to 54.4 million, almost as many people as in California and New York combined. Three Texas cities—Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio—are already among the top ten most populous in the country. The eleventh largest is Austin, the capital, where I live. For the past five years, it has been one of the fastest-growing large cities in America; it now has nearly a million people, dwarfing the college town I fell in love with almost forty years ago. Because Texas represents so much of modern America—the South, the West, the plains, the border, the Latino community, the divide between rural areas and cities—what happens here tends to disproportionately affect the rest of the nation. Illinois and New Jersey may be more corrupt, and Kansas and Louisiana more out of whack, but they don’t bear the responsibility of being the future.

I’ve always had a fascination with Texas’s outsized politics. In 2000, I wrote a play that was set in the state’s House of Representatives. The protagonist, Sonny Lamb, was a rancher from West Texas who represented House District 74, which, in real life, stretches across thirty-seven thousand square miles. (That’s larger than Indiana.) While I was doing research for the play, I met in Austin with Pete Laney, a Democrat and a cotton farmer from Hale County, who, at the time, was the speaker of the House. Laney was known as a scrupulously fair and honest leader who inspired a bipartisan spirit among the members. The grateful representatives called him Dicknose.

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Response to Hestia (Original post)

Fri Jul 14, 2017, 10:28 AM

1. The real antagonist in this story is the Lt Gov and President of the Senate - he is my way or no way

type of politician - Freedum Caucus (aka teabagger party).

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Response to Hestia (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 14, 2017, 01:35 PM

6. Hotze is Dan Patrick's ally and fundraiser

Hotze made me vote in the GOP primary in 2000. He ran a judge against a female republican judge who I knew and tried a case before on the platform that females should not be in position of power over males. It was hard but in those days in Harris County the GOP primary determined who would win the judge races. We did not start winning judicial races until 2008

Harris County has a sane and competent GOP county judge (who is the CEO of the county govt and not a judicial official) and Hotze is going to primary this person

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Response to Hestia (Original post)

Fri Jul 14, 2017, 10:29 AM

2. Sorry, not going back to Texas

Been there, done that.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 14, 2017, 01:37 PM

7. Texas will turn blue one day and when that happens the GOP will have no chance to elect POTUS

We will turn this state blue.

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Response to Hestia (Original post)

Fri Jul 14, 2017, 10:53 AM

3. Anyone hopeful that the Dems study these trends and

plan accordingly? Or do they simply hope the Latinos and out of staters help make Texas blue in the future?

Edit*: Scares the crap out of me to think Texas will have so many congressmen/women in the future.

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Response to Hestia (Original post)

Fri Jul 14, 2017, 11:25 AM

4. Yep

Careless with my money, nailed me right there. Course I was born 40 miles from the Louisiana border and so I guess the old Cajun saying, "Spend it all" comes into play. Daddy, granpappy and great grand pappy all buried in the same neck of the woods. I was a Young Republican in college until I realized what snakes and snobs they were (even at that age!) Remained in the Peoples Republic of Austin till the traffic got horrendous (17 years ago), then moved back to the woods. (South of the Republic in a red area) We work hard for the Democratic party making thousands of signs each year, we encourage the youth to become politically aware and active. Some of us call ourselves 'radical democrats'. Being on the inside, I can tell you for sure that our area has more Democat voters every year. We are indeed sliding toward purple. As the Republicans keep constantly shooting themselves in the foot, I expect that slide will become a slipping toward blue even faster as time goes by. Keep da faith mon! Peaceout.

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Response to Hestia (Original post)

Fri Jul 14, 2017, 01:26 PM

5. As a Texan who is active in politics, this is a great article

I know Mrs. T and Gene Wu who are mentioned in this article. This is a really great article on Texas politics.

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Response to Hestia (Original post)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 12:54 AM

8. isn't there any way to get to Mexico w/o going thru texas?

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Response to BlueTexasMan (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 04:21 PM

10. It was just a lame attempt at a joke,

reference to the Thelma and Louise movie. I actually dream about the next great Democrat coming out of Texas. An Ann Richards with a little Molly Ivins mixed in.

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