Some people in Texas (and elsewhere) are less than pleased at the First Amendment freedom exercised by cartoonist Jack Ohman in the Sacramento Bee this week. The term “grave-dancing” is one of the nicer things being said about Mr. Ohman’s editorial cartoon. Unfortunately, living in a free society means putting up with stuff like this, and Mr. Ohman makes a valid point, however callously he expressed it.
But it’s no secret that Texas is one of the most libertarian states in the nation. Texans like their government small, their beer cold and their taxes low. They love football, BBQ and big hats, and hate regulations, unions and California. They take great pride in not being like New York City.
I live out here in Big Smoggy, a couple hours south of Sac’to. We are the antithesis of Texas. We have Big Government, high taxes, lots of regulations, San Francisco, Hollywood and Governor Moonbeam. Both states have the death penalty, but Texas uses it. A lot.
But that’s cool. That’s the beauty of the federal system. Some people like Texas. Some people like California. Some people like cities, others like the boonies. Some people like the ocean, others the mountains or the desert. Some people even like living in the Midwest where He Who Walks Behind The Rows lives.
Right now Texas seems to be pretty popular. U-Haul charges a premium on one-way rentals from California to Texas, but they’ll practically pay you to take one the other way. Texas leads the nation in population growth because people from other states are moving there.
If you live in Texas and you like Big Government, you are free to vote for it. But don’t be surprised when you lose. That’s how democracy works. But there is another option – move to California or some other “blue” state. And vice-versa if you are already in a blue state but want smaller government. That’s called voting with your feet.
But if you live in California you really should STFU about telling Texans how to mind their own affairs. “MYOB” as Ann Landers used to say. We got enough problems right here at home to keep us busy.
BTW – It still hasn’t been determined what caused the explosion in West, Texas last week. We know what exploded, but we don’t the cause of the fire or whether any laws or regulations were broken.