What If: Episode 5

As Ben returned with his iced tea, he saw his friends writing on papers. Curious, he looked over their shoulders and … they were making lists.

“Now y’all have made me curious. Do you mind telling me what your lists are?”

Don explained: “Well, we got to talking about how many things need to be changed, or restored, to get Texas back to what our Founders fought for, died for, and set up, so Texians would always enjoy freedom and justice. Then we just started jotting them down on paper.”

“Now I’m the one getting excited,” Ben exclaimed. “Do you realize that this has not happened for 169 years? For nearly two centuries folks have forlornly said, ‘Well, what’s done is done, that’s just the way it is!’ But suddenly, here we are, listing what we need to do to make Texas a beacon of freedom, justice and shared prosperity again. I recall reading that after Texas was formally annexed to the US, Sam Houston publicly said: ‘Texas will rise again to fulfill its destiny as a nation among the nations.’ Now honestly, how many of us still think that is impossible?”

“Well, it has moved all the way up to ‘improbable’, for me,” Don countered with a grin. Chuck offered, “I gotta admit, at my age, it beats runnin’ through the trees with soldiers shootin’ at me.”

“I saw on the internet that John Steinbeck, who authored Grapes of Wrath, wrote: ‘Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Texas is a Nation, in every sense of the word.’ It seems to me that others have been predicting this for a long time, almost like the Prophets in the Old Testament,” Sally mused.

Ben leaned way back in his chair and thoughtfully said, “This is an idea whose time has come. For 169 years the Texian People have been lulled into a lethargic daydream by promises of security from Uncle Sam. But those promises were not kept, and by now DC has such tyrannical power and practices that even folks in Texas fear speaking out and protesting effectively.”

Don stood up and stretched, saying, “Actually, back in 1863, Texas woke up long enough to secede and join the Confederacy; in order to insist that each State had the right to govern itself, as the Constitution of the USA and the Bill of Rights guaranteed. So maybe we ought to say it’s been more like 150 years of that ‘daydream’ in Texas.” They all stood up and applauded Don’s insight, and began talking with each other enthusiastically.

“Well, the 150-year daydream is about to end!” Sally shouted joyously.

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