The Delegation from the Great State of Texas (As if You Couldn’t Tell)
Whenever Texans travel, it's always interesting to see the reaction of those who come into contact with said travelers.
Texas pride is a real thing. It's palpable. You can feel it in the air. You can see it on someone's face. You can certainly see it in the way Texas dudes walk. In other words, it's pretty damned obvious.
Growing up in Louisiana, we all looked to Texas for confidence. Texas is like our older, more popular sibling. We thought about Texas often. I mean how cool would it be to have the Alamo, or the Galleria? We loved the Astrodome so much we built our own Superdome bigger and better. By contrast we hardly thought of Mississippi or Arkansas at all. (We generally thanked those two for existing because they sometimes kept us from being dead last on whatever misery Index was being calculated that week.) No, our Texas brothers and sisters had a good thing going, anybody can see that.
The local Cleveland newspaper has their own view of the delegation from the great state of Texas at this year's Republican national convention. The observation that really caught my eye was this:
Bill Pozzi, a delegate from Raisin, Texas, near the Gulf of Mexico, is a high school teacher.
"We're a very proud state and we like to show it," Pozzi said. "My high school students take the Texas pledge every morning. I don't think there's a California pledge."
OK I have to admit I find the idea of a Texas flag pledge a little creepy. It may be because I'm from Louisiana and our flag has a pelican bleeding to feed it's young-un's. Who can pledge to a pelican with a straight face? To me, the good old stars and stripes is the only pledge I need to make and I do so with great fervor. Can't I just have a Texas waffle iron and call me loyal?
Another passage I enjoyed reading:
Texas was one of several states joining Colorado Monday in calling for a roll-call vote on the convention rules that would have opened the door for delegates to abandon their pledged votes and instead choose a different candidate, presumably one other than presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.
There's that independence Texas is known for. Also, the loyalty towards one of our own, namely the junior senator from Texas Ted Cruz. He won the state and the people tried to help. But unlike two other states, Texas didn't bolt from the convention after the vote didn't go their way. We don't get pissy.
Thanks to the delegation for representing our people and dressing like a good Texan would.