The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 351
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Bear Flag and Lone Star
well as numerous other successful forays by Texas capital into Cali-
The effect of this combination of investment capital with the
values and concepts moulded in a struggle for survival, has been
to give the Texas stereotype a very human image-about eleven feet
tall in its six-stitch boots, with a hat big enough to hide its horns,
with money stuffed into every pocket and smoke pouring from its
nose, and with its forked tail carefully concealed by a well-tailored
"western type" suit. More importantly, the thrust of this combina-
tion has been to alienate Texas from the commonality of an urban-
ized, generally rootless, primarily industrial, mass society. This alien-
ation has been expressed succinctly by Joe B. Frantz in pointing out
that Texas today is to the United States as Scotland long has been to
England, as Yucatan long has been to Mexico. The extent of this
alienation has been measured most recently and most poignantly by
the President of the United States.
Lyndon Baines Johnson's recognition of his inability to lead his
country by the values and customs and traditions of his Texas her-
itage bespeak the winds of change that are being felt in Texas itself.
These winds blow too gently for some, far too violently for others,
but blow they do and must. Change is inevitable, but as it seems
to me, this change in Texas will be less frenetic, far less herdlike,
than would be possible without that tempering by the heritage which
is deeply felt even by those who are only Texians by breath not birth.
Let me sound the sweet iterance yet again: when you mention
California, the image is of a nebulous and an impersonal beneficence,
or menace as the case may be; when you mention Texas, the image
is all too human.
A todos ustedes, salud y tierra y libertad, y que se vaydn con Dios.
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