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  •  Texas has been a rural agricultural state (4+ / 0-)
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    It was settled in the 1820's specifically to establish slave-run plantations to grow cotton to the feed the mills in England. That was what the wealthiest Americans did at that time, and their sons needed more land. Texas offered it. When Mexico revolted against Spain, outlawed slavery, and started to enforce that in Texas the planters were happy to break away from Mexico.

    Texas remained an agricultural state until after WW II as did the rest of the South. Yes Texas had oil since the 1930's, but extractive industries are not really industrial businesses. They depend on government for land ownership and control of the oil and prefer to work with agricultural states where they can more easily control the state. It's been the most recent generation that more people have lived in cities in Texas than on farms and in rural towns.

    Some of the millionaires have allied with the evangelicals to dominate government and keep Texas from modernizing. (Oil money funded the John Birch Society.) But the growing Hispanic and Asian population are in the process of changing that - too slowly. The Congressional redistricting in 2003 and again in 2011 was designed to keep the minority voters out of power, as the action by Federal AG has recently showed.

    The cities are overwhelmingly Democratic now, and the kids growing up in the cities do not understand the conservative mindset. That's why the conservatives are old and white, but it's also why they are afraid and extremely likely to vote and contribute to conservative candidates. They know they are losing and they want to reverse that threat.

    I'm not sure but I think California went through this same rejection of conservatism after Pete Wilson. Texas hasn't caught up to California yet.

    Democrats stand for Liberty, Security, Support of Families and Opportunity Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

    by Rick B on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:41:46 PM PDT

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