By Gail Collins
In the most explosive and well timed political books in years, Gail Collins pronounces that "what occurs in Texas does not remain in Texas anymore."
Not until eventually she visited Texas, that proud country of massive oil and larger targets, did Gail Collins, the best-selling writer and columnist for the New York Times, observe that she had ignored the only position that mattered such a lot in America’s political panorama. Raised in Ohio, Collins had formerly noticeable the yankee basic divide as a warfare among the Republican heartland and its liberal coasts. however the genuine tale, she got here to determine, was once in Texas, the place Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Perry had created a conservative political time table that's now sweeping the rustic and defining our nationwide identification. via its full of life help of banking deregulation, lax environmental criteria, and draconian tax cuts, via its fierce championing of states rights, gun possession, and, after all, sexual abstinence, Texas, with Governor Rick Perry’s presidential pursuits, has develop into the bellwether of a far-reaching nationwide move that keeps to have profound social and fiscal results for us all. love it or no longer, as Texas is going, so is going the country.
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France is sort of a stretch (we are talking about one deeply unsuccessful settlement somewhere near Louisiana), but it’s the small, off-center placement of the American flag in the design on the rotunda floor that’s seriously unsettling. It’s as if Texas’s nine years of independence was the center of its story, while its role as part of the United States is a colorful afterthought, like the brief flirtation with the French. If we want to understand what Texas means to the rest of the country, first we have to understand a little about what Texas means to Texans.
Go regulation! But if you live in an empty place, government may look a lot different. What’s the point? It’s just going to tax you or get in your way. If a robber breaks into your house, it could take hours for law enforcement to arrive; carrying a gun is more practical. Government can’t help you and it has no business telling you what you can do with your property. Who could you hurt? There’s nobody else in sight. You’re on your own and you like it that way. There are a few problems with the empty-world vision.
Malachy and the 112 popes. Back in the Dark Ages, Malachy allegedly wrote a list of all the future popes, each of them described by a phrase that captured his special identity. If you believe that he actually did this, and that the list was not the work of a forger from a later era, you would also believe that we are down to the last pope before “Peter the Roman,” during whose reign the world will come to an end. ”) Despite our guide’s pessimism, authorities at the state capitol seem confident they can make room for a lot more governors.
As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda by Gail Collins