Don’t Mess with Texas™  

By Ron Mullins and Thom Bolsch


In January of 1986 a campaign was rolled out in Texas to stop littering.  However, it meant much more to many Texan’s. 

Texas culture is based on a characterization of responsible men and women doing ‘the right thing’, respecting others, looking out for the ‘little guy’ and standing up to injustice.  (Right about now, you’re probably visualizing “Walker, Texas Ranger”.)

For many, the “Don’t Mess with Texas” phrase promoted the ideology of such a Texas culture and the characterizations of its men and women.  And the rest of the country derides that ideology.

Today, not only is there more litter on the ground; but there is less honor and respect in society – and a significant increase in crime.

What is the source of this deterioration of Texas culture?  Is the character of Texas changing?  Are Texan’s changing? 

Texan’s have always been very accommodative to others; is our tolerance of others influencing us to look the other way on immoral and un-ethical behavior?

Are we allowing outsiders and posers to influence and control our lives?

Something to consider is that Texan’s are mostly independent.  While many Texan’s may disapprove of certain “things”; as long as those “things” don’t impact or impede their own activities, most Texans will ignore those “things”.  We may not be able to ignore those “things” anymore.

As mentioned last month, a number of gun control bills were filed for this year’s state legislative session.  Are the representatives (some bought and paid for by outsiders) filing those bills really representing the culture and character of Texas?  Guns are a distinct part of Texas culture – part of our DNA; so probably not.  [Of note: Against the many bills filed to restrict gun rights in the Texas Legislature; we want to thank and support the efforts of Representative Steve Toth who has filed House Bill 112.  HB 112 when voted and signed into law would prohibit State and Local Law Enforcement from enforcing Federal measures not existing in Texas State Law that would impinge on the rights of Texans to exercise their right to firearms.]

We cannot allow outside influences to change the culture and character of Texas.  We cannot allow outsiders to promote their failed ideology in Texas.  We must retain our Texas culture.

The world is changing, the nation is changing; but don’t mess with Texas!

Whether we like it or not, it’s time to get involved.  It’s time to promote the ideology, the character and the culture Texas is known for.

First: Reach out to your state Senate and House representatives.  Let them know that you don’t want them to be messing with Texas.

Second: Reach out to your local municipal government representatives: mayors, city council, precinct commissions.  Let them know that we don’t want them messing with Texas. 

Third: Vote.  Learn the candidates, get to know their platform.  Find out what Texas culture and character they support.  Do they want to turn Texas in to New York or California?  Or are they fighting for the freedoms and liberties of the Lone Star State resident?  If the candidates are messing with Texas; then submit your name for public office and hold government accountable to the people of the Lone Star State.

In summary:  Do your part.  Don’t litter.  Pick up the litter you see.  Be respectful of others.  And stand up to injustice.  Fight for the culture and character of our Texas; and of course, make your weekly visit to the range and exercise your Second Amendment Rights. 

Stay Aware, Stay Safe,

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