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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.

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  •  Don't go, (7+ / 0-)

    we need you. This state is changing, it won't be blood red forever. This is bad, but it probably won't stand for long, logic and reason will eventually be restored.

    "We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power; that the authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted."-Barbara Jordan

    by sancerre2001 on Mon May 16, 2011 at 05:19:17 PM PDT

  •  it is discouraging (9+ / 0-)

    but don't give up now! The tides are turning inevitably here and I plan to be around to help direct them more helpfully. Texas bashing is a sport more beloved than pie fighting here at DKos, dedicated flame warriors will stop momentarily to participate. I'd feel worse about being a Texan if I believed we'd actually managed to corral every single asshole in the country to form our populace, but I've run into too many elsewhere to think it true.

  •  There is so much I love in Texas. (8+ / 0-)

    The bluebonnets covering the hills in spring. The long, lonely stretch of 90 west of San Antonio. The immensity of the old XIT country. The beauty of sunrise on Padre. Borscht at midnight at Katz's on Sixth Street or a cold margarita and blistering quesedilla in a cafe... well, damn near anywhere. That thrift store out Route (further ID withheld out of pure selfishness). The Marfa lights and Cadillac Ranch.

    Why, oh why must so many of her sons and daughters be so blasted, cussedly... well, you know.

    I don't blame Texas.

    But some days that's a chore.

    Download a song, feed a family.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon May 16, 2011 at 05:23:00 PM PDT

  •  I hope you don't leave. (3+ / 0-)
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    Scot PFV, sancerre2001, mint julep

    If folks like you leave, even when they love their State, what hope is there?

  •  I'm an idiot... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and I seriously resent being stereotyped as fodder for the Texas legislature.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Ghandi

    by DaveinBremerton on Mon May 16, 2011 at 05:26:14 PM PDT

  •  Ah Texas? (2+ / 0-)
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    I began my RR career in Corpus Christi, MoPac and SP.
    Padre Island is the best!  Just to many republicans for my taste.  

  •  It's never a rant... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...if it's true.

    I am a newcomer, living here for a few more years having moved here in 2007 as a "trailing spouse". I was not wild about the idea. I wish that I had known the Texas of your youth; it sounds like a nicer place.

    Best of luck to you, whether you stay or go, and keep writing.

    You cannot enlighten the unconscious.

    by cassandracarolina on Mon May 16, 2011 at 05:27:35 PM PDT

  •  Sorry to hear. (2+ / 0-)

    I've been here for 8 years, and cannot leave without giving up the job I've worked my whole life for and can never replace.

    When I spend too much time on liberal blogs, I almost begin to believe some of the ridiculous caricatures, logical fallacies, overgeneralizations, and factual errors that pervade nearly all discussions of Texas here.  Sometimes I just have to close the browser window and go watch the scissor-tailed flycatchers on the Trinity.  Or, in case of emergency, head down to Austin and the Hill Country.

    But don't get me wrong -- I know that some folks, given their cultural or socio-economic milieu, are more directly affected by the negative outcomes of lousy state governance than others.  And if someone can improve his/her material or spiritual comfort by moving, then by all means, do so.  Speaking only for myself, I've lived all over the country, from heavenly Eastern college towns to Evan Mecham's Arizona.  I find that, for the day-to-day things that most of us tend to fill our time with, it doesn't matter all that much in what state they're done.  

    Really? A trendy expression of befuddled incredulity? Really?

    by cardinal on Mon May 16, 2011 at 05:53:43 PM PDT

    •  Let me guess: straight and white? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

      by punditician on Mon May 16, 2011 at 06:24:29 PM PDT

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    •  Sure...what I see on DKos (as critical as it might (0+ / 0-)

      be) doesn't even come close to the reality of it.
      When I voted Saturday I got drawn into a conversation with a teabagger type (a transplant, not home-grown though).
      It was a hoot, I kept baiting him and he got so loud everybody started looking.
      But no facts or logic could penetrate, they must get their clothes and 'minds' treated with 'Rush-Gard' or something.

      PS: All this optimism around here that Texas might change- I don't see it, the 'baggers are infiltrating all the local offices too, winning at the polls.
      They're going to have the whole place locked up soon.
      We are soooooo fucked...

      "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

      by Bluefin on Mon May 16, 2011 at 08:58:01 PM PDT

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  •  I was thinking about the Texas war with Mexico (1+ / 0-)
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    After reading a bunch of diaries around the anniversary of the Civil War about how there is no heroism or redeeming value in the Confederate struggle, what's the liberal position on the war waged by the Texans to secede from Mexico and become a slave owning state?  Isn't that virtually identical to what the Confederacy did, excpet somewhat worse, since they weren't fighting to preserve a way of life, but to actually introduce slavery into a free area? Just wondering.

    "The politics of failure have failed. We must make them work again." - an alien

    by Marcion on Mon May 16, 2011 at 06:05:30 PM PDT

    •  You're exactly right. Mexico outlawed slavery, (1+ / 0-)
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      and intended to enforce the law in Texas.  Texans tried all sorts of disingenuous stunts to get around the law, converting their slaves to "indentured servants" or merely calling them "indentured servants."  Reminds me of Ryan calling vouchers Medicare.  

      When that didn't work, there was a war for the freedom to enslave people.

      The Civil War was a rerun for Texas, but with a very different result.

      The community of fools might be small if it were not such an accomplished proselytizer.

      by ZedMont on Mon May 16, 2011 at 08:59:27 PM PDT

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      •  Uh, don't expect to see this in Texas textbooks. (1+ / 0-)
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        We Texans were taught from childhood to revere the heroes of the Texas revolution, without once being told why they were revolting in the first place, except for generalized bullshit like "oppressive Mexican laws."  Same sort of euphemism as "states rights" fronting for "the right to enslave other human beings" in the Civil War.

        The community of fools might be small if it were not such an accomplished proselytizer.

        by ZedMont on Mon May 16, 2011 at 09:08:43 PM PDT

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    •  This is a massive simplification, (0+ / 0-)

      some Texans did not want to secede from Mexico, my great great great grandfather among them, but instead wanted more local control and really didn't care for Santa Ana.

      "We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power; that the authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted."-Barbara Jordan

      by sancerre2001 on Mon May 16, 2011 at 09:32:52 PM PDT

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      •  wouldn't the same hold true for the South (0+ / 0-)

        I understand what you are saying, but somehow no such nuance is permissible when it comes to the Civil War, at least from what I've seen here.  It surprised me, to be quite honest, so I'm still trying to figure out how far that extends.

        "America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting." William S. Burroughs

        by Marcion on Mon May 16, 2011 at 09:38:37 PM PDT

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        •  People are trying to win rhetorical arguments, (0+ / 0-)

          they're not all students of history. The Texas Revolution is far less important than the Civil War and therefore not something people get really worked up about. Nobody here displays the Come and Get it flag and talks about heritage, nobady uses the Texas Revolution to rationalize modern racism. Maybe it would be good for the discussion if people pointed out that Southern motivations were not so cut and dry, I don't know.

          There is a lot wrong in Texas, but, darn it, I'm still proud to be from here warts and all. I won't let Texas bashing go unanswered.

          "We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power; that the authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted."-Barbara Jordan

          by sancerre2001 on Mon May 16, 2011 at 10:03:01 PM PDT

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  •  I was born in Houston (0+ / 0-)

    in 1940 (yep--one of the few prewar natives!) and I left there in 1983. So I know Texas. I have friends and family there.  Would I go back?  God forbid!  Once upon a time there were a few sane people and politicians who could get elected.  Now? Won't happen.

    I've lived in Colorado for over 25 years now. For most of that, there have been as many right wing crazies here as there are in Texas--hey, I lived in Tom Tancredo's district.

    But at least the people of Colorado have begun to see the light. They had the good sense to reject Tancredo and Maes and elect John Hickenlooper governor.  We even have a Democratic senate this term.

    And Texas reelected Prick Perry?  No thanks, I don't plan to go home again.

  •  Or as a friend who grew up in Houston but has (1+ / 0-)
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    lived in Boston for years says "I'm proud to be from Texas, FAR from Texas".

    I don't dislike all conservatives... mainly just the ones that vote Republican.

    by OHdog on Mon May 16, 2011 at 08:46:42 PM PDT

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