When you're from Texas, people that you meet ask you questions
"Do you have any cows?" "Do you have horses?" "Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh?" They all want to know if you've
been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.
Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just
a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the
Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part
of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at it they know what it is. It's Texas.
any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the
dirt and he'll know what it is. What happens if
I show you a picture of any
other state? You might get it maybe after a second or two, but who else
would? And even
if you do, does it ever stir any feelings in you?
In every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person
just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride in a
pickup. There is some bit of
Texas in everyone. Did you ever hear anyone in
a bar go, "Wow...so you're from Iowa? Cool, tell me about it?"
you know why? Because there's no place like Texas.
Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing
of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out
and save themselves, but stayed
instead to fight and die for the cause of freedom.
We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and James Bowie
Crockett and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes.
John Wayne paid to do the movie himself.
That is the Spirit of Texas.
Texas is Sam Houston
capturing Santa Ana at San Jacinto. Texas is Juneteenth and Texas Independence Day. Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like
the Davy Crockett National Forest. Texas is breathtaking mountains in the Big Bend.
Texas is the unparalleled beauty of bluebonnet fields in
the Texas Hill Country.
Texas is the beautiful, warm beaches of the Gulf Coast of South Texas and
Texas is the shiny skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas.
is world record bass from places like Lake Fork. Texas is Mexican food like nowhere else, not even Mexico. Texas is the Fort
Worth Stockyards, Bass Hall, and the Astrodome. Texas is larger-than-life legends like Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Waylon
Jennings, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Landry, Darrell Royal, ZZ Top, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan,
Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey, Sam Rayburn, George Bush, Lyndon B. Johnson, and George W. Bush.
"FREEDOM is not
America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity."
George W. Bush 1-2003--St of the Nation Address
is great companies like Dell Computer, Texas Instruments and Compaq.
Texas is NASA. Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of
crops. Texas is
skies blackened with doves, and fields full of deer. Texas is a place where
cities shut down to watch
the local High School Football game on Friday
nights and for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and NIOSA River Parade
in San Antonio. Texas is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities. If it isn't
in Texas, you don't need it. No one does anything bigger or better than it's done in Texas.
By federal law, Texas
is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its flag at
the same height as the U.S. flag. Think about that for a second.
You fly the
Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, California, or Maine and your
state flag, whatever it is, goes
at 17 feet. You fly the Stars and Stripes
in front of Pine Tree High in Longview at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at
same height - 20 feet.
Do you know why?
Because we place being a Texan as high as being an American down here.
(it is the only state that was a republic before it became a state, that is
the reason I was taught).
capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol
building in Washington, D.C. and we can divide
our state into five states if
we want to! We included these things as part of the deal when we came on.
best part right there.