But these folks are...
Lyndon B. Johnson
Dwight D, Eisenhower
Neither Bush was born in Texas. I, for one, refuse to claim them.
Other famous politicians:
Sandra Day O'Connor
Admiral Chester Nimitz
Famous Texans in the Arts (a seriously partial list):
F. Murray Abraham
Walter Cronkite (ok, he wasn't born here. He's a University of Texas grad and was raised here)
If you want to learn who all these people are and see more, go here . For other Texans' take on all things Texas, go here and here .
The point is that Texas is more than just the latest air head politician trying to make a name for himself. We've had a bad run of luck, no question. But I for one am getting really tired of being hated because of Bush and Co.
As some of you know, I was a Reagan Era Zombie and one of the things that drove me most nuts about him was his overarching condemnation of the Soviet Union and its people. The "Evil Empire"nonsense. I studied Russian history, things being what they were it started as a know your enemy kind of thing. Understanding Russian history shed so much light on how we got in the mess we were in. What I learned led me to believe that it was important to separate the people from the politics. The Soviet Union was officially an atheist state. But the people were not. The politicians hated us. The people, not so much. We all share an essential humanity that is all too easily stripped away by labels and prejudices. It's a lesson I learned many years ago and one that needs relearning periodically.
It's easy to hate. Very easy. It's also lazy. It takes far less effort to dismiss a person or group because you think that something about them- where they live, what religion the follow, how they vote, the color of their skin or who they love- defines them completely. Getting to know someone or a group and learn all the nuances that make up their lives and personalities is hard work.
And almost always worth the effort.