I was born, bred, and always lived in Texas. I have remembered the Alamo for over half a century. But I am sick inside at the prevailing political and social senses of the majority of my fellow (voting) Texans.
I can understand the frustration that you and Darron feel in a predominately red State, believe me, I feel your pain here. I did read somewhere however that Texas may be turning more blue of late. Is that true or is someone just blowing smoke? I’ve always viewed Texas as an ultraconservative State but I have met people from there who were moderate to left of center and hate the “cowboy” image often projected by the media. There’s got to be more of you guys down there, it can’t be all red! Of course I know more about your history than what’s happening now. But as you know full well it’s voter apathy that keeps the Perrys and the Kacischs in power. They interviewed some 20 something Obamacare recipients today on NPR and they stated that they didn’t really know about it and had No interest in politics. None. This is why John Q is so easily duped by emotional hot button issues and appeals to State pride and super patriotism with a little Jesus thrown in for good measure.
Apathy doesn’t help, that’s for sure. And cynicism is not only a good excuse for apathy, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thus, would-be-progressively-inclined young people tend not to vote.
And there is less apathy, I suspect, among Texas rednecks who have an innate revulsion to there being a black President. I suspect that Tea-party propaganda is a good cover, even for themselves, from a simple seething underlying bigotry. Almost all of the TV ads, now, are Republican, and almost all of those are attacking Obamacare.
Then there is the broader masses of regular folk who are simply interested in living their daily lives without burdening themselves with political matters. The only political education they get is what might be thrust on them by political commercials, while they are watching their favorite TV shows.
Wendy Davis is the one shining hope, at the moment. You would love her if you met her in person, but, I have not seen whether she can and will be able to mobilize the masses on the broader statewide level, enough, to overcome the entrenched Republican stranglehold on Texas. She has proven that she will not give up even when fighting a losing battle. That’s probably not going to be enough. Maybe she would have a chance if there was an influx of money from progressives around the country for her campaign. (Maybe William Travis would have had a chance if Sam Houston had sent reinforcements.)
But in this case, the battle of the Alamo, will not likely be followed by a battle of San Jacinto. IOW, I expect no ultimate victory for the “good guys” anytime soon.