It’s A Texas Thing

Posted on Jan 25, 2021
“Well, it’s not just a State, it’s a whole state of mind. You can feel it as you cross the state line.”
— Gary P. Nunn, Bastrop Texas
I was introduced to this simple, and accurate, quote four years ago, at a speaking event in Bastrop, Texas.
Back in 2001, I had been notified of my selection for Battalion Command. I was on a joint duty assignment with the US Marines. The 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade tried to get the Army to defer my selection as they wanted me to deploy with them, just after 9/11. The Army said no, and I learned that I would be commanding the 2d Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas. We had to go through all the PCS (permanent change of station) actions, including selling our home in Fayetteville, NC. I had assumed that if I got selected for Battalion Command that I would return to the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne) in Ft. Bragg NC. I had been the Brigade Operations Officer and the Battalion Executive Officer, second in command, of the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment. Mother Army had different plans.
So, off we went, Angela and I, in two vehicles, and our little daughters, Aubrey (9), and Austen (5). We spent our last night on the road in Shreveport, LA. And, the next day, in May of 2002, we crossed the state line into Texas. I had been to Ft. Hood, Texas, previously for temporary training missions, but, now, I would be stationed there. I recall getting my Texas drivers license and car plates and it felt awesome. As I have articulated, being born and raised in Georgia, and as a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I had a unique understanding of the history of Texas, and the revolution it fought. My last duty assignment ended up being Ft. Hood, Texas when I retired in 2004. But, as God would have it, I returned to Texas in 2014, and got that feeling as described by Gary Nunn once again.
However, the question that has to be asked is how many get that same feeling as they depart California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey for the Lone Star State? As Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently tweeted, “you came to Texas not as disciples, but as refugees.”
We hear the progressive socialist left assert that they are going to “turn Texas Blue.” I have to ask, why? Why would leftist Marxists want to turn Texas into the abject failures from which they are fleeing? Why do leftists seek to be like locusts and seek out fertile grounds of liberty and destroy them? Remember, California was once a Red state. But even more so, why do Republicans allow the philosophy of failure to infiltrate into their respective states, take over the major population centers and, especially in the case of Texas, share political power with an ideological opponent?
I do not think this is what Gary meant when he said, “It’s a Texas thing.”
Texas can boast being the 9th largest economy in the world. However, we are also the #1 state for human and sex trafficking. Houston and Dallas are the top two cities in America for sex trafficking. Texas is also the #3 state in America for missing children. We are allowing gender modification procedures and surgeries to be conducted on our children. We have no protection for our historical markers and monuments. This is quite disconcerting since Texas is the only State in America with its own Declaration of Independence, quite historic.  Texas was its very own Republic before entering the Union on December 29, 1845, yet we have a wide open southern border that we are not protecting.
That ain’t a Texas thing.
If we are to safeguard that “Texas thing,” we need to remember what makes Texas unlike any other state. What is that Texas state of mind? And how do we ensure that everyone crossing that state line into Texas experiences that? Folks who are relocating to Texas should remember the words of Davy Crockett and shout them out as they escape failed Blue states, “May you all go to Hell, I am going to Texas.”
And, once becoming Texans, have the courage and conviction of men like Fanin, Crockett, Travis, and Bowie to make the last full measure of devotion for the Texas state of mind.
Texas must be restored to its rightful place as the preeminent constitutional conservative state in America. The Lone Star State must be the beacon of liberty in America. There should be no reason why Texas has a taxpayer-funded slush fund, the Texas Enterprise Fund, to entice businesses and corporations to relocate to Texas from failed Blue states. These businesses and corporations, along with their employees, should want to experience the Texas state of mind. Texas should not be an accomplice to crony capitalism. Texas should be opening its doors to liberty minded businesses and corporations, not those who think it fine to censor Texans . . . such as Google, Oracle, and Meta (Facebook).
Texas should be the home to the American gun industry, and welcome firearms manufacturers and those who support that industry. Texas should continue to be a leader with cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, as a means to safeguard individual economic liberty in these days of government fiscal failure. And, regardless of the commercial ads being run by the current Governor, Texas has to secure its border . . . and safeguard our Texas National Guard troops.
As Governor of Texas, I will defend the Texas Republic and promote the Texas state of mind. I will be relentless against the ideological enemies of Texas, the progressive socialist left, trans-national narco-criminal terrorist organizations, Islamic jihadists, and cultural Marxists. As Travis did, there will be a line in the sand drawn, one that will separate those who seek individual liberty from those who do not. The former will prevail, the latter can cross our state line and return to their failed Blue states.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (Ret.)