One of the first things I would like to try and do with TexasConservatives.org 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”?
So 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.
As 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.