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  •  It's more than Texas republican voters (1+ / 0-)
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    As an adult, I first met a person from Texas at my geology field camp in Wyoming when I was a senior in college.  We had people from several east coast and Midwestern states, and a couple of people from California universities.  And one Texan.

    He was a day late, so the rest of us had started to get to know one another by the time he arrived.  When he showed up, he was full of Texas bluster about how wonderful Texas was, how much better than any other state, how the scenery in northwestern Wyoming was nothing compared to Texas, and on and on...

    As he went on, we looked at each other, not sure if he was being sarcastic or cluelessly stupid.

    He was stupid.  He had been brought up to believe Texas was the center of the goddamned universe and if you didn't agree, well by god, that just shows how ignorant you were.  It was, quite frankly, weird.

    I've seen a similar attitude time and again as I've had the misfortune to have had to go to Texas for meetings or project work. It's boorish and has led me to view Texas as the least desirable place in this nation to have to visit.

    Look: it's OK to be a booster for your state.  I moved around a lot growing up and don't have a particular allegiance to any state, but many people do it.  It's expected, to a degree. In my experience, however, many Texans do it in a way that is arrogant and irritating.

    Getting to a point from a comment you've highlighted in your diary:

    For example, Perry received less than 18% of the vote from eligible Texas voters in the last election.  Get that?  Less than 18%.  This means at least two things: 1) just as a vocal, toxic minority calls the shots nationally, so do they call the shots in our beautiful state. 2) If we register those eligible voters, educate them about the danger of Republican policies and politicians, and GOTV, then we win.
    Let's see...according to the Texas Secretary of State, there were 18.9 million voting-age people in the 2010 gubernatorial election. Of those, Gov. Perry won 2.7 million votes.  That's 14 percent of the voting age population.

    Now, of the 18.9 million who are of voting age, the Texas Secretary of State tells us 13.3 million are actually registered.  That means Gov. Perry's 2.7 million votes were just 20 percent of all registered voters.

    It seems to me it would be a good idea to focus not just on those 5.6 million non-registered people of voting age, but perhaps take a look at the 10.6 million already registered voters who didn't give a shit enough to vote in your last governor's election.

    Then again, is it that a substantial fraction of those 10.6 million people are just fine with the direction the Republicans are taking your state?  Just happy that Perry was re-elected? Still proud of foisting that incompetent, war criminal GW Bush on the rest of us?

    I don't know, but I suspect a pretty good proportion of them are.  If they can't be motivated to get off their lazy Texan asses and vote after seeing what Bush did, I don't hold much hope. I doubt you'll change them...they evidently think things are going just fine under your Texas Republicans.

    I suspect we'll have to wait until demographics drowns out the assholes who vote for the likes of Bush, Perry, Cornyn, Gohmert, and Cruz.

    •  It's the culture. (7+ / 0-)

      Here is Houston, we have a local media who constantly remind us that "we're a red state so voting doesn't really matter."  We have a national media who speak of a red Texas as a given--almost a priori.  The problem is that many of us remember when this was emphatically not true, when we had vibrant Democratic Texans in politics doing good work.  Now, we have disenfranchised voters all over the state who feel isolated because the culture here does not encourage dissent and, in fact, many Republicans in Texas behave like bullies, much like the person you met in college. Therefore, many progressive Texans feel like they are the only one in their area who disagrees with dominant public policy.  That feeling can produce a sense of helplessness and hopelessness--and that is what we are up against.  

      Thank you for doing the numbers.  14% is indeed less than 18%.

      I am sure that many have had a similar experience with a loudmouth, blowhard, boorish Texan.  The point of the diary, I believe, is to remember that one Texan does not equal all Texans.  And, Texans don't have a stranglehold on boorish behavior.

      •  Democratic Party in Texas? (0+ / 0-)

        I do believe that Texas, like the rest of the South, has long been a one-party state. Just the dominant party has changed. When I joined Young Republicans in 1961, it was the Texas Democratic Party that was home to the staunchest segregationists. I was trying at that to support both desegregation and states' rights. I would outgrow that.
        The Dallas Morning News would say, don't divide the Dallas delegation by electing Republicans. I think the DMN just put up with Bruce Alger because he was a winner (until 1964).
        In the 1970's it began to change. Bill Archer of Houston had been a Democrat in the Texas House, served in Congress as a Republican.
        I first voted in 1962. GOP Jack Cox got 44 % against John Connally. Connally lambasted Cox for being a party-switcher. Ha ha. Guess who switched parties in the Nixon years?

        Censorship is rogue government.

        by scott5js on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:24:08 AM PDT

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    •  Those who were registered, but didn't vote (5+ / 0-)

      I expect a goodly number of them are die hard Republicans who wouldn't even think of voting for a Democrat; but are so pissed at Perry they wouldn't turn out for him either. He's starting to get push back from within the party here.

      Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t like some of the legislation Rep. Lyle Larson, a fellow Republican, filed this session that could limit the governor’s tenure and clamp down on his out-of-state travel.

      There was a lot of grumbling about his Presidential run, his absence from the state, his expenses; and even Republicans are shocked at the chutzpah of simultaneously claiming both a salary, and retirement benefits.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:06:50 AM PDT

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    •  Some good points though (2+ / 0-)
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      I think it is more complicated than getting off "lazy Texan asses".  

      I believe the numbers you're using are misleading.  Numbers I've been looking at have almost 14% of the Texas voting age population as ineligible because they aren't citizens.  At this site they try to construct a number for voting eligible population and they come up with 15.5 million.

      And 2.7 / 15.5 is 17.4 %

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:00:29 PM PDT

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