That's the question Tom Cordlle asks in his comment on the Johnny Robish post: 

Federal Judge in Texas Rules Entire Obamacare Law Unconstitutional

My response:

"The Republic of Texas came into the union In 1845 with a minority white population.

American Indians, Mexicans, and African-American slaves held a numerical majority until the influx of whites pushed the Indians and Mexicans out of the territory and slavery became limited by the Missouri Compromise in 1852....

None of this is made obvious or clear in standard public school history texts.

The fact is, Texas practiced repressive and oppressive apartheid before the 1867 discovery of diamond deposits in South Africa....

And, in many respects, does so to this day...."

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Comment by Tom Cordle on December 16, 2018 at 9:58am

Texas has always had a grossly inflated opinion of itself, and if a state can be said to suffer from egomania, Texas certainly does. It's been that way from the beginning; it's not well-known that Texas negotiated its entry into the US, a negotiation that included the right to sub-divide into five states at a later date. Of course, Texas would never do that (we hope) because that would end it's claim to be the biggest of the forty-eight states.

As I've made abundantly clear here and elsewhere, I hold no brief for Texas, the state that cursed us with Junior Bush, Rick Perry, Tom DeLay, Joe Barton, Louie Gohmert, et al. But to be far more fair than Texas desereves, let us not forget that Texas also gave us Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Roy Orbison to name but a few. Nor should we forget LBJ was from Texas, and for all his faults, it was he who pushed through Civil Rights legislation, at great personal and political cost. LBJ was a public school teacher, and that experience helped form his views on Civil Rights.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 16, 2018 at 10:05am

When I was a kid, we lived, briefly, in Dallas, on the poor side of town, and I can attest that there was a heavy minority population in that city, even way back then. I can also attest that schools there, and in Arizona (where we also lived briefly) were three years behind those in Michigan.

Texas politicians follow Tom's Rule of Thumb: It's a lot easier to keep people under your thumb, if you keep them ignorant and poor.

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 16, 2018 at 10:22am

While in principal Tejas is a cesspool, it is so large it has pockets of good things- The Rockets, The Mavs, The 72 Ounce steak in Amarillo, the occasional good day of surfing in Galveston or at Bob Hall Pier, and, buried under the WHITE LIES AND PROPAGANDA that are so thick, and the fact those rat bastards somehow cornered the textbook market for US K-12 school systems (if I was a conspiracy theorist ....) is the THRIVING real Tejas, full of Latinos and more Native Americans than you might expect if you hadn't been there. I just drove through the whole state through snow in a rented 2019 Jeep Wrangler, perfect vehicle for the trip and gas was 1.91 so compared to Hawaii and Cali I about dropped my wallet at the station. Anyway, speaking of stations, as Tejas is famous for radio, and still has those 60s preachers yammering away for old ladies to send them money, it also has indigenous music stations, several, it is a long drive, and one reached into New Mexico, anyway, imagine my surprise when, after grooving on Native American music for hours suddenly the DJ threw on a Hawaiian tune ... they know we are their cousins and also indigenous, I can't tell you quite how that effected me, but, it was a GOOD feeling, the same kind I have about Beto O'Rourke. We just have to find the right person to run with him to not lose our African American brothers and sisters and we can right this country in two short years. Wagons Ho!

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 16, 2018 at 10:25am

Also, we in larger part owe the Civil and Voting Rights Acts to LBJs first jobs after graduating the Texas Teachers College. When he saw the conditions of his Black Students that hard ass White Southerner about cried a river. Then, he did something about it. Today, we have to take care of the problems in the Black Community in Houston and Dallas, all caused by either traditional slavery inspired racial hatred or escape from natural disasters caused by Repuke Global Warming.

Comment by Dicky Neely on December 16, 2018 at 10:52am

Gee guys, y'all have said much to consider about Texas. I don't know where to start, but I live here in Texas.

Just to address a few things. Tom, the 1845 proviso about Texas subdividing into five states was always a dubious claim and in the climate of those days, that is attempting to balance slave and free states, it is extremely unlikely that could have happened. Following the Civil War Texas had to drop any such claim in order to be re-admitted to the union.

I was born in the buckle of the Bible belt in North East Texas and attended (by the force of my mama) Southern Baptist churches until I was old enough to resist. 

I learned to speak Spanish in the seventh grade and have traveled extensively in Mexico, mostly on surf trips.Texas has a large Hispanic population but because of many different reasons their voter turnout has been low. But that is changing. The state GOP, which is a vile bunch, are not facing this, they don't want to lose their "base."

It's all complicated but interesting!

Maui, did you surf down here? Normally our surf is pretty poor but we have our days. My personal favorite day was in August of '69 when a large ground swell from hurricane Camille created large, perfect waves which swept around the jetties in Port Aransas for an epic surf day for here! Interestingly '69 was the year of the monster December, 1969 swell which rocked Hawaii and California. I was fortunate to catch two weeks of that swell in California!

I'm sorry, I digress. I am really becoming an old fart!

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 16, 2018 at 9:29pm

Dicky, 69 was THE YEAR for surf in the Gulf and California and Hawaii. The pictures prove it, Google the Makaha unknown, realize Buffalo, Gebauer, Noll, Aikau and Downing road 50 foot waves on boards that weighed nearly as much as they did, no kook cords, no lifegaurds, no helicoptors, old school the way we all came up. There is much to read and many photos and a bit of film if you Google a bit .... Tijauna Sloughs too, so you could say it was legally Tejas and the Mexico and the US! Lunada Bay, epic. Santa Cruz Steamer Lane literally out by the ocean going ships ... in 55 degree water. Ah, the good ol days, thanks for the reminder Dicky.

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