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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 284 -- Texas Independence Day.
Today is Texas Independence Day. On this day in 1836, Texans declared that they had had enough Mexican rule:
When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.
Many Texas still celebrate Texas Independence Day. It's a reminder that Texas was indeed its own independent nation for about a decade; it's one of those "Texas things" Texans just do to exalt their state.
It's also ought to be a reminder that Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was a brutal, if inept, dictator, and the struggle for Texas Independence was glorious, positive, and entirely justified. It was also no lily white Anglo power grab, either. Tejanos fought and died in every major battle, including at the Alamo, on behalf of a free and independent Texas. A Tejano, Lorenzo de Zavala, was even the first VP of the Republic of Texas.
At a certain March 2 Celebration at The University of Texas some years back, members of MEChA (The Moviemento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan) took some of the celebratory cake, ate it, then immediately vomited it all over the place to spoil the fun-- and send a message.
MEChA is a radical (and occasionally violent) Marxist organization with hundreds of chapters on college campuses mostly across the Southwest. Its message: 1) the liberation of Texas from Mexican tyranny was racist; 2) Texas and other American lands must return to Mexican rule; 3) no Mexican immigrant is ever "illegal."
And so on.
MEChA, unfortunately, has been mainstreamed by much of the establishment media. Antonio Villaraigosa, a proud Mechista at UCLA, never denounced the organization, but still wound up as Mayor of Los Angeles, for example.
Texas Independence Day was not about white versus brown. It was a fight for life, liberty, and property. For everyone. And history has vindicated the Texas Independence movement. Texas, with no income tax, is now one of the fastest growing economies in the country, with legal and illegal immigrants from outside the United States flowing in to get a piece of the pie. But Texas is also gaining substantial population via domestic migration from all over the United States. It's just the place to be.
If Texas were part of Mexico today, it's hard to imagine the labor standards being as high as they are today, it's hard to imagine the environment being as clean as it is today, it's hard to imagine the educational opportunities being as elite and as accessible as they are today, it's hard to imagine the political system being as transparent and as free of corruption as it is today, and it's hard to imagine business and commerce flourishing the way they are today.
It's difficult to imagine the kind of upward mobility or social services or justice system or women's rights in "Aztlan" (MEChA's dream world) that now exist in Texas. And this difficulty has very little to do with race or nationality and everything to do with ideas, principles, and policies.
America is superior to Mexico not because we control this river or that natural resource, nor because we have more white people here, but because we have superior founding principles, a superior Constitution, and superior policies. Plenty of countries have plenty of resources. It's only the ones that value liberty, economically, politically, and socially, that ultimately succeed. A rich and powerful Texas was not inevitable under any governmental system-- just this one.
Indeed, on this Texas Independence Day, let's remember that this day ought to be a day for all Texans (and all Americans), including (and in many ways, especially) the now-plurality of Latinos, to celebrate what a great place Texas (and the U.S.) is to live, work, and play. And to celebrate the not at all arbitrary reason it's such a great place.
And on this Texas Independence Day, chest-beat a little bit now that Texas has surpassed California in both college football and foreign exports:
Texas and California are the United States’ export powerhouses, generating more than a quarter of the nation’s overseas sales. In third quarter 2005, 14.5 percent of U.S. exports originated in Texas. Just under 13 percent originated in California. The next largest exporting state is New York, at 5.5 percent.
Long live Texas.
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Posted by Will Franklin · 2 March 2006 08:45 AM
A rich and powerful Texas was not inevitable under any governmental system-- just this one.
This is true for all societies, everywhere throughout the world.
American Exceptionalism is not due to race, but to democratic ideas and principles, and having the freedom to succeed.
Posted by: Ken McCracken at March 2, 2006 10:42 AM
It also helps that we allow for anyone who wants to work hard and be free to come here whereas other countries shed their best workers to us due to substandard freedom of opportunity.
Posted by: Rob B. at March 2, 2006 11:26 AM
"Texas Independence Day was not about white versus brown." Everything in the U.S. seems to be about race, everything is "racialized". Saying something isn't about race doesn't make it so for the "others." I suspect that's why so many of us "Anglos" no longer think about, much less celebrate "Texas Independence". Not to mention the fact that Texas is no longer "Independent" having been thoroughly Federalized since the 1980's Savings and Loan debacle.
Interesting thing that, since everything has been racialized, "Place" loses any meaning. As one "Race" displaces another, everything becomes so liquid and change so pervasive that the only permanent is the need to stay on the move to remain somewhat comfortable.
"And this difficulty has very little to do with race or nationality and everything to do with ideas, principles, and policies." Funny you should use that line. I've found most people and many of their Politicians lack any ideas or priniciples and the Gov't, as a result, has little control over much in the way of policies that make any sense. I mean, a gov't that can't respond in a sensible manner to a Hurricane is one with ineffective policies. Actually, it's beginning to fade in relevance as it's borders fade in relevance.
Enjoy your life.
Posted by: Tony at March 2, 2006 12:24 PM
You are cynical about the world. I am not.
Posted by: Will Franklin at March 2, 2006 12:40 PM
And the ability to sneer does not make one intelligent.
Posted by: Ken McCracken at March 2, 2006 12:44 PM
Everything in the USA is most certainly NOT about race. That is the most racist statement I have ever heard. I feel sorry for you if you really believe that. If you see people only as a color or a race? You are missing out on the individuality of a person. That is really sad and hopefully you can embrace the individual as a person rather than as a race someday. Saying what you said does not make it so! Sorry about you...
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at March 2, 2006 01:25 PM