It is estimated that if Texas
ever seceded from the U.S., they’d have the 10th largest GDP of
any country in the world.
In 1993, “Little Texas” sang:
I've seen a lot of places,
I've been around the
After all I've witnessed,
One thing still amazes
Just like a miracle,
You have to see to believe.
God blessed Texas,
With His own hand.
If you want to see
Brother, here's your chance
I thought they were arrogant at the time, because I’d never been
Since then, I’ve spoken in Abilene, Amarillo,
Austin, Bay City, Baytown, Brenham, College Station, Conroe,
Dallas, Galveston, Greenville, Houston, Longview, Lubbock,
Lufkin, Nacogdoches, New Braunfels, Odessa, Pasadena, Paris, San
Angelo, San Marcos, Texas City, Tyler, and Wichita Falls.
And I’ve concluded that I was wrong, and the country rock
band Little Texas was right.
Everything really is bigger
and better in Texas.
The skies are bluer. The weather is
mild. The quality of life is high, and the cost of living is
low. Their economy is unbelievably strong.
legislature only meets once every other year (which keeps them
from screwing up too much), and they have no state income tax.
But the most unique thing about Texas is the people.
They’re unbelievably proud, but not pompous. In fact,
they’re the politest people I’ve ever met.
this the first time I spoke at Texas State University. Six
different attendees wore Stetson cowboy hats to my seminar. As
soon as they sat down, every hat came off. When they’d go to the
restroom, to get coffee, etc., the hats went back on, and
immediately came back off when they returned.
time I spoke at Sam Houston State University, I was driving on a
back road behind a slow-moving pickup pulling a horse trailer.
Just as I was about to try to pass, he pulled over and began
driving on the shoulder so that I didn’t have to use the left
Since then, I’ve learned that this is standard
operating procedure for Texans. You never flash your headlights
to ask to pass; they automatically move over for you. They even
pave their back roads with extra wide shoulders for this
Even with entry-level workers, there’s s a
greater sense that people care. Texas is the only state where my
order at fast food restaurants is always filled correctly.
And speaking of caring, you should have seen how Texans
responded after Hurricane Harvey. A national reporter
interviewing a Houston resident was baiting him to complain
about federal assistance being too slow to arrive. But he
responded, “We’re Texans, and we take care of our own”. The next
day, I saw video of another Houston resident pulling a FEMA
truck out of the mud with his own truck.
That sense of
rugged individualism and self-reliance sums up the Texas
If you’ve ever thought about moving
to another state, Texas is the place to go.
Texans actually have bumper stickers that read “SECEDE!” While
that’s not likely to happen, I’d be the first immigrant if they
And a big Texas size thank you to everyone for
Standing-Room-Only turnouts for last week's seminars in San
Angelo, Odessa and Abilene.
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