Texas Is Wrathy

Governor Says He Will Protect the Border

Texas FlagAustin, Tex. - "If I am compelled to take the situation in hand, I will do so vigorously. This state is bearing the burden of expense and suspense and the present federal policy towards this state is an outrage. Definite action should [be] taken by the federal government and protection given by garrisons of troops or the government should advise us that nothing will be done and let us look out for ourselves. We will not hesitate to protect our people if we can be advised that the federal government will not do so."

Bartlesville (Okla) Daily Enterprise
Thursday, February 20, 1913
c/o The Gateway to Oklahoma History

Texas is Wrathy article

Webmail sent to Gov. Perry's office 2014 July 12:

I hope you can pass along the 101-year-old article on this webpage to Gov. Perry, as I believe you will see that it should be of some amusement, if not encouragement, in his current efforts.


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This article was discovered replicated amongst the flowers at Bluebird of Bitterness - Hi, BoB!

Some additional notes left in a comment at Bob's place:

President Taft was a Republican. A Republican whose "domestic agenda emphasized trust-busting, civil service reform, strengthening the Interstate Commerce Commission, improving the performance of the postal service, and passage of the Sixteenth Amendment [Income Tax]. … [Taft] showed decisiveness [!?!] and restraint in response to revolution in Mexico. The task-oriented Taft was oblivious to the political ramifications of his decisions, often alienated his own key constituencies, and was overwhelmingly defeated in his bid for a second term…. After leaving office, Taft spent his time in academia, arbitration, and the pursuit of world peace through his self-founded League to Enforce Peace. … Harding appointed Taft Chief Justice of the United States…." According to Wikipedia. Sounds more like what we think of as a RINO. The obliviousness and alienation sounds like Pres. Chuckles.

Texas Gov. Colquitt was a Democrat. a Prohibitionist, but Texas voted it down under him. He vetoed half the bills sent to him, including some education bills despite having campaigned on never standing in the way of education. He twice sent Texas troops to the border until the Feds finally showed up. Hardly a hard-core conservative by our measures, liked taxes and government regulations, but sent Texas boys when the Feds would not.