on the x and what do you see?
Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just for 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
. Pick 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?
every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person who wishes
just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride off
in a pickup. There is a little bit of Texas in everyone.
Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men
standing in a church, facing thousands 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.
send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and James Bowie and Davy
Crockett, and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the
sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes.
Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is the Spirit of Texas.
Texas is Sam Houston
capturing Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana at San Jacinto.
Texas is huge forests of
Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett and Sam Houston National Forests.
Texas is breathtaking
mountains in the Big Bend.
Texas is the unparalleled
beauty of bluebonnet fields in the Texas Hill Country.
Texas is floating the
rivers of the Hill Country on a hot summer day.
Texas is the beautiful,
warm beaches of the Gulf Coast of South Texas.
Texas is beaches you can
drive on and have many memorable bon-fires with close friends.
Texas is that warm feeling
you get when someone asks where you're from.
Texas is the shiny
skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas.
Texas is world record bass
from places like Lake Fork.
Texas is Mexican foods
like nowhere else, not even Mexico.
Texas is chicken fried steak and world famous Bar-B-Q.
is the Fort Worth Stockyards, Bass Hall, the Ballpark in Arlington and the Astrodome. (guess now the Reliant Stadium too)..
is larger-than-life legends like Michael DeBakey,
Ann Richards, Denton Cooley, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Gene Autry, Audie Murphy, Tommy Lee Jones, Waylon Jennings, Farrah Fawcet, Janis Joplin,
Sandra Bullock, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Landry, Eva Longoria, Darrell
Royal, ZZ Top, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Sam Rayburn,
Howard Hughes, George H. Bush, George W. Bush, Lyndon B. Johnson, and let's
not forget GEORGE STRAIT- PANTERA, the Big Bopper, Tex Ritter, George
Jones, Clay Walker, Mark Chestnut,Frank Hotz, Sandi Taylor to name ONLY a few.
is great companies like Dell Computer, Texas Instruments, EDS and Compaq, Whataburger, Southwest Airlines, Bell Helicopter and
LOCKHEED MARTIN AEROSPACE, Home of the F-16 Jet Fighter and the JSF
Texas is NASA.
is huge herds of cattle, beautiful horses and miles of crops.
Texas is home to the world famous King Ranch
Texas is home to the most
amazing sunsets of gold over an empty field.
Texas is hundreds of deer
running around neighborhoods and fields.
Texas is skies blackened
with doves and fields full of deer.
is a place where towns and cities shut down to watch the local high school
football game on Friday nights and for the Cowboys on Monday Night
Football, and for the night In Old San Antonio River Parade in San Antonio.
To drive across Texas is to drive 1/3 the
way across the United States.
is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and
it isn't already in Texas, you probably don't
one does anything bigger or better than it's done in Texas.
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
Klein Oak High or anyplace else at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at the same
height - 20 feet. Do you know why? Because it is the only state
that was a Republic before it became a state.
being a Texan is as high as being an American down here. Our 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 at any time if we wanted to!We can become a republic
again at any time the voters of Texas choose, and we
included these things as part of the deal when we came on.
the best part, right there.
Texas even has its own power
grid!! And don't even lie to yourself... Did I mention Live music capitol
of the world?
GOD BLESS TEXAS !