Defining a “Texan”

One of  the first things I would like to try and do with is to establish a “base line”… what does it mean to say that you’re a “Texan”, what does it mean to say that you’re a “Conservative”?

Flag with CrossSo often today, we see everything labeled. We are told what is good, what is bad. We are told truths, we are told lies. We are told government is the answer to our problems and yet we see in so many ways, that it is not. We are told we have a “budget deficit” problem not a spending problem. We are told that our faith is not for public consumption and should not be displayed for others to witness. But Texas and Texans stand for something, something good, something pure and virtuous.

How did Texas become so blessed? Well, to be honest it’s probably not that big of a mystery.  One thing I can say for certain though is that being a “Texan” is certainly not about a geographical location, it’s about a state of mind, a deeply-rooted and passionate belief in many things, all that is good in a person.

heroes_of_the_alamoAs a Texan, yes an imported one, but Texan none the less… I can see through the lies, the falsehoods and the political spin. I believe it’s in the DNA of all true Texans.  With the DNA of men like Col. William Travis, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston,  the list is long; running through our veins, it’s easy to understand what was the genesis of all true Texans.

A true Texan understands that it’s first a belief in our Creator. I have gazed many times and at many diverse examples of our Creator’s work. Texas is full of them, you don’t have to look far. I have sat at the summit of Solomon Peak in west Texas and gazed upon the indescribable beauty of a Texas sunset, I have seen the herds of cattle roaming the open Texas plains, I have held my children and my grandsons as babies and marveled at the incredible miracle of our Creators work, that which is a human baby.  True Texans understand that of which I speak and need not be reminded.

True Texans understand that we are all children of God and we should respect that He created everyone of us as equals. Where we end up on the social, financial, political ladders of life, as a whole, depends a lot more on the decisions we make as free men than anything else. True Texans not only understand personal responsibility, they expect it and have little tolerance for those who do not. True Texans exhibit and expect honesty and integrity. A man is “only as good as his word” would be a philosophy embraced by a true Texan. A true Texan would respect the rights and liberty of every man and be willing to fight and die for those rights. A true Texan understands words like honor, duty, respect, virtue and faith.

Make note that none of these ideals, beliefs, have anything to do with geographical locations… yes, even New Yorkers can be a “Texan” if they hold Texas values in their hearts and mind. Again, being “Texan” is more about a state of mind.

Bum Phillips, famous football coach and Texan, may have said it best when he wrote, What it Means to be Texan, here is a small excerpt.

“When William Barrettt Travis wrote in 1836 that he would never surrender and he would have Victory or Death, what he was really saying was that he and his men were forged of a hotter fire. They weren’t your average everyday men. Well, that is what it means to be a Texan. It meant it then, and that’s why it means it today. It means just what all those people North of the Red River accuse us of thinking it means. It means there’s no mountain that we can’t climb. It means that we can swim the Gulf in the winter. It means that Earl Campbell ran harder and Houston is bigger and Dallas is richer and Alpine is hotter and Stevie Ray was smoother and God vacations in Texas. It means that come Hell or high water, when the chips are down and the Good Lord is watching, we’re Texans by damned, and just like in 1836, that counts for something.”

So now we’ve kind of set the foundation for what we believe it means to be a true Texan… what’s it mean to be a “Conservative” in today political environment? We’ll be addressing that question next.

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4 Responses to Defining a “Texan”

  1. James Hickey says:

    Your passion for Texas is obvious and much appreciated. “A true Texan understands words like honor, duty, respect, virtue and faith.” No truer words have been written.

    However, I must respectfully disagree with you when you say being a Texan is a “state of mind”. This term has been used before but doesn’t really describe what a Texan is. The term would suggest a mere perception. Being a Texan is something different, nothing like a perception or a mere outlook on life.

    It is knowing a truth that other Americans do not have. A truth that I am not sure I can even describe but I know it is deep within me, and always has been- that being Texan is special. It is in our history, in the people who came to Texas, fought for Texas and died for Texas. People who built Texas. Freedom is Texas.

    Texas is a place. Being Texan means being from here, whether you were born and raised here or got here as quick as you could. Being Texan means being here, so, yes, geographical location does mean something. A foreigner will never be a Texan if he doesn’t move here, live here, and earn it- because he wanted to be a Texan. It is something imbued in a person only after living here. No one arrives here Texan.

    Those of us fortunate enough to have been born and raised here know it from birth. We know it in our hearts and minds, we know it in our families and we know it in the very dirt that makes up Texas.

    • Perhaps I could have been a bit more specific… being a Texan is not maybe just a “state of mind” but more accurately a “state of heart, mind and soul”. I would believe that a Texan, if he had to move to let’s say New York, could still be a “Texan”… with my noted corrections, I will stand firm, it’s not truly about geographic location. I will concede certainly that any true Texan would prefer to lay his head down each night under a Texas sky above all others.

  2. I can’t take credit for this, but I read it somewhere and I agree wholeheartedly: “Texas means something special to many different people. Whatever Texas means to you that is good, then that is what Texas is.”

  3. ucdsurvivor says:

    My family had some of the first land grants in South Texas. Fought squirmishes for the land. Fought in the wars Gonzales, Seguin, San Antonio, Goliad, Victoria, and Refugio areas. They settled and created the towns of Seguin and Gonzales as well as were associates with Foxboro which was going to be considered as possibly the state capital at one point. Then came the money men and the agreements to make Texas a US State. They took the land away from the existing people who had been there for years and years and settled and cleared the land and created towns. Litterly stole the land with the oil on it. I can name the big names that took our family’s as well as other Irish and Hispanics. There was apsolutely no compensation. I am a 6th generation born in 1956. My family has been here since early 1800’s. I have seen so many outsiders destroy the land, the towns, and worse see families lineages gone because of toxic waste from uranium in South Texas –and this nasty filthy drilling for uranium is still going on and polluting the lands and waters and making people ill.

    I am a true Texan. I vote for things that heal the land. I honestly wish a lot of outsiders who don’t care about this great state would leave. As with the northern migrations in the 1980s, crime and such grew bad.

    Now we have a mayor that has silently and secretly began making agreements to destroy this city by making agreements under UN Agenda 21. This is an extreme socialist movement and our mayor had created the office, hired the personnel, and is creating projects under the agenda. And most of the Texans don’t know a thing about it. And of course she hired a woman from California that reports back to a CA organization to insure compliance to meet the group that set up the policies and procedures to meet the UN Agenda 21. We are Texans. We are not UN robots. We need to stop the movement and save Texas.

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