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?
In 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.
We 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.
John 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.
Texas is the Fort Worth Stockyards, Bass Hall, the
Ballpark in Arlington and the Astrodome.
(guess now the Reliant Stadium too)..
Texas 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, Roger Staubach
Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Sam Rayburn,
Howard Hughes, George H. W. Bush, Lyndon B. Johnson,
George W. Bush, and let's not forget GEORGE STRAIT-
PANTERA, the Big Bopper, Tex Ritter, George Jones,
Clay Walker, Mark Chestnut, to name ONLY a few.
Texas 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 Fighter, Valero.
Texas is NASA.
Texas 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.
Texas 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 at
the new Texas Stadium, 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 .
Texas is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities
If it isn't already in Texas, we probably 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 Klein Oak High or anyplace else at 20 feet,
the Lone Star flies at the same height - 20 feet.
You know why?
Because it's the only state that was a Republic before it became a state
Also, 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 , DC . 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.
That's the best part, right there.
Texas even has its own power grid!! And don't even lie to
yourself... Did I mention the Live music capitol of the world?
If you are a REAL TEXAN, you won't even need to be told to
pass this on.. Do It.
GOD BLESS TEXAS