I am a life long Texan, 40+ years in the Lone Star State. And now sadly find myself looking at leaving.
The state I was born in over 40 years ago is no longer one I can feel pride in. Texas has always had its share of foibles. "Landslide" Lyndon and our seeminingly clueless Texas congress. (Molly Ivens said it best, when the Texas legeslature is in session, somewhere a village is missing its idiot).
But the latest clap-trap coming from our lege is almost to the point of self parody.
Tort reform where 'How dare you to sue our coroprate Gods'. Yep, if you dare to sue over a defective product and the bought and paid for judge rules against you, well, you pay for it. How dare you question the benifits of no regulation.
Teachers....Aww, they only teach about 'facts and stuff'. As has been previously diaried over and over, all we need is someone to confort the 'Experts' cuz they dont know nuthin.
I recall going down to Corpus Christi in the 1970's when I was a child. I loved going there, the beach was such a wonderful place for me. I vividly recall building sand castles on Malaquite Beach in the Padre Island Nation Seashore. Unfortunatly I constructed them during low tide. When the water came in I was heartbroken that my beautiful works of art were destroyed. (Although to be honest, my sand castles were nothing more than lumps of sand piled on top of one another, but to my 7 year old self it was a work of art.) I learned a valuable lesson then, one cannot stop the tides.
Another thought I recall is asking why such a beautiful place has all of these refineries pumping polution into the air. It provides jobs and money I heard my grandfather say. Just did not make sence to me in 1977 or now in 2011.
I cringe everytime I see a diary written about Texas, I just know it is going to be bad. There are plenty of good people in Texas, but unfortunatly some of the worst sterotypes are true in our ellected officials
This is my first diary, not so much a diary as a rant. Promise to do better next time.